Smart Home, Social Housing
Today, most smart home technology is powered by Zigbee – a wireless communications protocol. It’s fast becoming the standard wireless protocol that smart home devices use to communicate, designed to underpin everything from humidity sensors to thermostats.
Zigbee operates as a mesh network, meaning instead of each Zigbee-enabled device needing to connect to a property’s Wi-Fi, devices can communicate with a central hub instead. The mesh network structure also enables devices to communicate with the hub even if placed far away from it.
Zigbee is perfect for low-speed and low-data communication between smart devices, where battery life and security are paramount, such as sensors. It uses a lot less power than Wi-Fi and is designed for interoperability, meaning the network can support hundreds of devices from different manufacturers.
Due to the Zigbee Alliance – a group that includes Amazon, Samsung, Toshiba and many other big home appliance and energy companies – there are more than 2,500 Zigbee-ready devices that can work seamlessly with FireAngel Connected.
With Zigbee and FireAngel’s cloud-based solution, Connected, housing providers can be assured that the monitoring of a property’s ecosystem will be scalable and expandable in the future to provide increased safety and reassurance.
With FireAngel Connected, device data can be integrated into a social landlord’s existing asset management system, as well as having a fully customisable dashboard and reporting options of its own.
Combined with FireAngel’s Home Environment Gateway, with built-in temperature and humidity Zigbee sensors, it delivers a holistic resident safety solution.
Connecting with other Zigbee sensors (up to 20) within a property, such as water-leak detectors, panic buttons, motion sensors and smart appliances, elevates resident safety and wellbeing to previously unachievable levels, while simultaneously automating digital record collection and streamlining management activity.