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ZigBee completes Telecom Services standard


April 25, 2010
By Anthony Capkun


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April 25, 2010

The ZigBee Alliance—a “global ecosystem of companies creating wireless solutions for use in energy management, residential, commercial and consumer electronics applications”—has completed development of Telecom Services—a public application profile standard defining value-added services for mobile network operators, businesses and governments.

“ZigBee Telecom Services offers a new way for mobile network operators
to provide numerous opportunities to expand current services and
generate new revenues with one technology,” said Bob Heile, chair of the
alliance. “It also presents a new low cost path to reduce strain on
networks and help consumers maximize their mobile experience.”

Telecom Services—developed by several wireless carriers, telecom
equipment manufacturers and other interested stakeholders—defines a way
for mobile network operators to offer new low data rate-based services
that reach almost anyone using a mobile phone, freeing up 3G/4G
infrastructure for higher-end services.

With ZigBee Telecom Services, the alliance says consumers can use their
mobile phones to pay for products and services, create their own gaming
and communication networks, receive product promotional information
along with discounts or coupons from retailers, and determine their
location and obtain directions or information on public spaces in indoor
malls and environments without needing a GPS. In the business
environment, employees can manage their authentication and access to
office services and controlled areas.

CLICK HERE for a white paper from network operators and telecom
equipment manufacturers detailing these and other use cases.

CLICK HERE for ZigBee.