Employing a metering infrastructure that uses ZigBee wireless technology, the city of Gothenburg, Sweden (270,000 homes) will become home to the largest ZigBee network in the world. The city chose the NURI AiMiR Advanced Meter-reading Management (AMM) system, which is based on Ember Corporation’s ZigBee-powered sensors, software, and wireless mesh networking. The system will allow the electric company to save time and money by remotely accessing each home’s meters to measure and record energy usage. It will also allow each home’s metering system to communicate with others, and will give homeowners accurate readings on their energy usage.
Granted, it’s not a city-wide home automation network. I don’t even know how such a thing might work. But, it’s a great accomplishment for ZigBee, and it looks to be quite an accomplishment for the city of Gothenburg. Who wouldn’t want to save time, money, and energy?
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