Apps4Android Zigbee Accessibility Project

Please Note:

This is not the website of the Zigbee Alliance nor is Apps4Android’s Zigbee accessibility project currently affiliated in any way with the Zigbee Alliance. The Zigbee Allicance’s official website is: http://www.zigbee.org/

About the Zigbee Alliance:

Established in 2002, the Zigbee Alliance is an open, non-profit association of members that have created a thriving global ecosystem. Anyone can join their membership which is comprised of businesses, universities and government agencies from around the globe. Their activities and direction are determined by members as they act to meet evolving needs in a fast-paced world.

Zigbee Alliance Mission:

Leveraging our global perspective, they work together to develop standards that ultimately deliver greater freedom and flexibility for a smarter, more sustainable world. As a result of this focus, ZigBee:

  • Provides green, low-power and open global wireless networking standards focused on monitoring, control and sensor applications.
  • Allows products to run on harvested energy or batteries for years with its low-power wireless standards, making greener lifestyles possible.
  • Uniquely connects dramatically different types of devices into a single network, giving you unprecedented control.
  • Offers a variety of intelligent features designed to ensure devices communicate in any environment, and around the world.
  • Is simple to set up and can easily grow to meet your needs and deliver years of maintenance-free use.

Market Leadership:

Proven technology and market efficiencies are driving industry demand for ZigBee. Consider the following:

  • ZigBee specifies the only global wireless networking standards focused on monitoring, control and sensor applications.
  • Professionals and experts from around the world design ZigBee standards for global use.
  • ZigBee standards help make products both cost and energy efficient.
  • Nine existing ZigBee standards create new solutions that deliver greater comfort, convenience and savings for everyone.
  • The ZigBee Alliance is growing and has a variety of corporate, private and governmental entities as members who are contributing to the innovation inside every ZigBee standard.

ZigBee has earned a strong leadership role in the worldwide movement toward smart electrical grids. Numerous utilities and energy service providers are deploying ZigBee solutions because ZigBee meets their needs and gives them an inherently green, reliable, secure and easy-to-use standard, ZigBee Smart Energy. Only ZigBee offers ZigBee Smart Energy, the world’s preferred wireless smart metering standard for advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) home area networks (HAN).

Entire cities, like Goteborg Sweden, rely on ZigBee standards, as do hotels like the Aria and Mandarin Oriental at CityCenter in Las Vegas, and hospitals like Jackson Memorial Hospital at the University of Florida.

Their members sell a wide range of easy-to-use ZigBee Certified products using the ZigBee Home Automation and ZigBee Smart Energy standards that help consumers create smart homes. The homes are smart because home appliances, lighting, heating and cooling, energy use and security can now be controlled and monitored systemically rather than each device individually. This control and newly gained information helps consumers be green by giving them a quick and easy way to reduce energy consumption and costs, while helping our environment.

Objectives of our Zigbee Accessibility Project:

The objectives of Apps4Android’s Zigbee accessibility project is to:

  1. develop new, fully-accessible, Android-based Zigbee control applications; and,
  2. enhance the accessibility of already-existing Android-based Zigbee control applications

in support of enabling consumers with print disabilities (826 million consumers worldwide1), people who are 65+ years of age (519 million consumers worldwide1), and individuals who never learned to read (1.2 billion consumers worldwide1) easily access, use and enjoy remotely controlling (via fully-accessible Android devices) Zigbee certified products.

Architecture Document

Zigbee in the News:

ZigBee Building Automation:

Integrate and centralize management of lighting, heating, cooling and security.  ZigBee Building Automation offers a global standard for interoperable products enabling the secure and reliable monitoring and control of commercial building systems.

ZigBee Remote Control:

Experience advanced and easy-to-use remote controls for any consumer electronic product.

ZigBee Remote Control provides a global standard for advanced, greener and easy-to-use RF remotes that removes line-of-sight restrictions while also delivering two-way communication, longer range of use and extended battery life. It was designed for a variety of consumer electronic devices including HDTV, home theater equipment, set-top boxes and other audio equipment.

Since ZigBee Remote Control replaces 30+ year old infrared technology, it frees consumers from pointing remotes at devices. It offers consumers more flexibility, allowing control of devices from nearby rooms and placement of those devices almost anywhere – including behind wood, interior walls or glass. A greener choice, ZigBee Remote Controls are more energy efficient and last longer than infrared.

ZigBee Smart Energy:

Gain greater information and control of energy usage with a ZigBee HAN.

ZigBee Smart Energy is the world’s leading standard for interoperable products that monitor, control, inform and automate the delivery and use of energy and water. It helps create greener homes by giving consumers the information and automation needed to easily reduce their consumption and save money, too.

This standard supports the diverse needs of a global ecosystem of utilities, product manufacturers and government groups as they plan to meet future energy and water needs.

ZigBee Health Care:

Reliable communication devices for health management and patient monitoring are in development and will be available soon.

ZigBee Health Care offers a global standard for interoperable products enabling secure and reliable monitoring and management of non-critical, low-acuity healthcare services targeted at chronic disease, aging independence and general health, wellness and fitness.

These smart and easy-to-use products promote aging independence along with greater overall health, wellness and fitness awareness. A variety of these products even offer an innovative connection with health care professionals like doctors and nurses, allowing them to monitor your health even while you’re at home.

ZigBee Health Care supports the needs of a diverse global ecosystem of service providers, care providers, payers, product manufacturers and policymakers in providing a standard way to easily monitor, control and automate the delivery and use of health, wellness and fitness data for home and professional uses.

Leading health care and technology companies are supporting the development of ZigBee Health Care, including Motorola, Phillips, Freescale Semiconductor, Awarepoint and RF Technologies.

ZigBee Home Automation:

Enjoy flexible management of lighting, heating and cooling systems from anywhere in your home.

ZigBee Home Automation offers a global standard for interoperable products enabling smart homes that can control appliances, lighting, environment, energy management and security, as well as the expandability to connect with other ZigBee networks.

Smarter homes allow consumers to save money, be more environmentally aware, feel more secure and enjoy a variety of conveniences that make homes easier and less expensive to maintain.

ZigBee Home Automation supports a diverse ecosystem of service providers and product manufacturers as they invent products necessary to create smart homes. These products are ideal for new construction, do-it-yourself and retrofit markets, and are easy to use, maintain and install.

All ZigBee Home Automation products are ZigBee Certified to perform regardless of manufacturer, allowing anyone to purchase with confidence.

Numerous innovative companies have contributed their expertise to this standard, including Phillips, Control4 and Texas Instruments. 

ZigBee Input Device:

Energy efficient and easy-to-use keyboards, touchpads, mice, wands for consumer electronics and computers.

ZigBee Input Device is a global standard for greener, innovative and easy-to-use mice, keyboards, touchpads, wands and other input devices used with computers and consumer electronic (CE) devices. This standard allows consumers to use their devices from greater distances or even from another room because operation is not limited to line of sight.

Devices using the standard will also enjoy green benefits. Its energy-efficient design helps devices run longer on batteries, when compared to infrared technology, and reduces the total number of batteries used — and disposed of — during the device’s lifetime.

The standard offers native support of popular multi-touch and gesture commands, allowing manufacturers to deliver the most feature-rich products for their consumers. It also features the ability to define special functions and enhanced performance beyond the standard behavior of a mouse, keyboard or similar input device.

ZigBee Input Device operates with existing ZigBee Remote Control-equipped HDTVs, set-top boxes and other devices as well as with existing computers.

ZigBee Input Device is a standard designed specifically for the ZigBee RF4CE specification.

ZigBee Retail Services:

Modernization of the retail experience from point-of-manufacture to point-of-sale is now underway.

ZigBee Retail Services public application profile can be used across the retail sector. The anticipated result for the retail market is a significant improvement in quality and supply chain management and efficiency, in addition to enhanced customer satisfaction. It will define applications for mobile terminals and offer plug-in modules to simplify adoption. The ZigBee Retail Services public application profile will define a standard methodology for delivering a variety of services, including:

  • In-store Information – Collection, delivery, selection, data sharing with customers, instore and mobile payment retail applications.
  • Location Based Services – Tracking, arrival alerts and item location assistance.
  • Retail At Home – Establish a wireless network in customer homes for shopping, inventory levels, order availability and a sales process engine.
  • Retail Assistance Device – Support for voice capable employee and customer devices in a variety of retail environments.
  • Health Care – Provide well being, drug interactions, refill orders, refill availability, alerts and recalls.
  • Supply Chain Management – Warehouse management, cold chain management and inventory management providing end-to-end production to customer delivery.
  • Regulatory Compliance – In-store security and monitoring, retail regulatory compliance and freshness tracking for food, pharmaceuticals and other perishables.
  • Energy Management – Sensors designed to monitor and reduce energy consumption and improve total building management.

ZigBee Telecom Services:

Launch numerous value-added services that maximize mobile networks and devices.

ZigBee Telecom Services offers a global standard for interoperable products enabling a wide variety of value-added services, including information delivery, mobile gaming, location-based services, secure mobile payments, mobile advertising, zone billing, mobile office access control, payments, and peer-to-peer data-sharing services.

This single standard offers an affordable and easy way to introduce innovative new services that touch almost everyone using mobile phones and other portable electronic devices. It offers a variety of value-added services for mobile phone network operators, retailers, businesses, and governments. Now these groups have new ways to reach prospective customers. Consumers can use their mobile phones to pay for products and services, create their own gaming and communication networks, receive discounts or coupons from retailers, and obtain directions or information on public spaces with GPS.

ZigBee Telecom Services supports the needs of a diverse, global ecosystem of product manufacturers, mobile phone network operators, businesses and governments as they look for new ways to interact with the public. All ZigBee Telecom Services products are ZigBee Certified to perform regardless of manufacturer, allowing anyone to purchase with confidence.

Leading telecommunication companies, product manufacturers and technology companies lead the development of this standard, including Phillips, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, OKI, Huawei, Motorola and Texas Instruments.

ZigBee 3D Sync:

The ultimate home 3D viewing experience for gaming and HDTV.

ZigBee 3D Sync will be a global standard for more convenient, flexible and enjoyable 3D HD viewing. This standard will dramatically improve your 3D experience by allowing greater freedom for personal movement without disrupting your 3D view when wearing 3D glasses.  Moving your head will no longer create a possible viewing disruption. Plus, it will minimize or eliminate interference from ambient lighting and make products more energy efficient and greener. The standard is being designed to support communication from 3D HDTV, and other video sources, to 3D glasses to give consumers the ultimate 3D viewing experience.

With ZigBee 3D Sync, 3D glasses will easily connect to a variety of videosources such as game consoles, Blu-ray players and 3D HDTVs and be assured of correct shutter manipulation. The standard will support variable display frame rates to ensure that the standard can be used with both existing and future display technology. Plus, the standard will support multiple viewing modes and automatically adjust 3D glasses when content changes between 2D or 3D.

Devices using the standard will also enjoy important green benefits. Its smart, energy-efficient design will help devices run longer on batteries, when compared to infrared technology. 3D glasses will require fewer recharges, allowing consumers to enjoy many more hours of 3D movies and shows without interruption.

ZigBee 3D Sync operates with existing ZigBee Remote Control-equipped HDTVs, set-top boxes and other devices.

ZigBee 3D Sync is being developed specifically for the ZigBee RF4CE specification.

Reference:

1Jacobs, Steve. 2012. Business Benefits of Accessible ICT Design

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