Handheld controller is Zigbee-compatible

Paul Boughton
IDC is launching a new addition to its Zigbee range of wireless mesh products for use in automation, manufacturing and logistical operations. The new ZB102 keypad is a programmable battery-powered wireless unit with keys that can be customised to suit specific tasks. Typical applications for the ZB102 include operator prompts for manufacturing and logistic operations, remote control and position monitoring.
The ZB102 is a handheld unit featuring a customisable keypad with up to nine user-defined keys. It includes useful options - such as an optional built-in positional location engine, internal temperature and a battery monitor - and can be programmed to wake up on an event-driven basis or at regular intervals.
Designed for operation with IEEE 802.15.4 wireless access points and sensor networking, the ZB102 provides secure and robust two-way communications over distances of up to 100m between nodes, with routing over multiple nodes for larger networks and longer distances. Additional security and redundancy is provided with encryption and alternative routing of messages in the event of a single node failure.
In common with all of IDC's Zigbee products, the ZB102 is a low-power device that can remain dormant for long periods and then 'wake up' on an event-driven basis or at pre-programmed intervals. The unit integrates the CC2420 RF transceiver and the TI-Zigbee stack.
To support the development and integration of the ZB102, and all other Zigbee modules in its range, IDC has developed client server applications that include the ZBServer for web services integration, 'over the air' programming, data logging, and OPC connectivity for Scada integration.
For more information, visit www.zig-bee.co.uk

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