Zigbee versus Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)

University essay from Blekinge Tekniska Högskola/Avdelningen för telekommunikationssystem


The growth of Telecommunication in the world has brought about the need for regular update, research and findings, to meet the demands of the global world. With the rising demand of home automation and sensor network, the ZigBee protocol has been identified to target on low power devices, Personal Area Network (PAN) and sensor nodes. Wireless wearable systems crave room for new user interface components. This fosters the ease of mobility and availability of devices, in order to accomplish things when necessary. Since the technology of the global world is fast changing, it therefore brings about a very high level of competition and challenges among developers, programmers, systems engineers, telecommunication engineers and a host of others. When people fail to measure up to the present day demand, their design and market structure tends to drop. Wireless systems are gradually phasing out wired systems due to the ease of operation and usage. Also, with the existence of wireless systems, there tend to be the need to invest as little as possible and then having an operation that can be maximally effective and reliable. This research work talks about the ZigBee versus RFID technology and how they are correlated. Zigbee is solely targeted at Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) applications, requiring a low data and battery life and also a secure network. At a technical level, it is more reliable, supports larger networks and is more fully featured. However, a very good comparison is made between ZigBee and RFID. The choice therefore of a company, individual or organization is determined by their utmost priorities in line with some factors like performance output, implementation cost, security, usability and profit marginalization.

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