With the explosion of the smart homes and smart buildings in recent years, several protocols have emerged. Here, we will focus on two of them who have proven themselves and who always stand out from the others because of their specification: the EnOcean and the Zigbee.
What are the characteristics? For what uses ?
EnOcean, the ingenious protocol !
Dealing with battery changes can quickly become an ordeal on an installation that has dozens of sensors. This is where the EnOcean comes in! EnOcean is a great home automation protocol that offers self-sufficient devices. In fact, EnOcean devices have this particularity in generating their own energy which then allows them to return the state information to the home automation controller. This is done through simple and ingenious principles such as kinetic energy or solar energy.
On the operating principle, the EnOcean protocol uses a frequency of 868 Mhz and has a return of state as for the Zigbee. It is therefore a protocol that can also prove very interesting in a home automation installation.
The Zigbee, the protocol that grows !
Operating in a mesh network, it has a large range and a certain redundancy. It is also Open Source. This may explain why several brands have chosen this protocol over another. Philips Hue, Xiaomi … To name few of them, chose this protocol for their smart devices. In addition, this protocol is perfectly controllable from a home automation box!
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