for a year or two, asked for and were given permission to attempt to
merge into a joint proposal in January. At last weeks IEEE meeting,
the joint proposal was unanimously confirmed as the basis on which to
There's also an interesting bit that highlights one of the risks of early adoption.
major metro-scale mesh equipment vendors are still categorized as
startups. A shutdown or change in direction could leave superannuated
equipment scattered like Metricoms or Vivatos.
And some technical details for the geeks:
emerging that could set profilesa la WiMax Forumfor kinds of mesh
behavior. There could be single radio, switched multiple radio,
contention-free sectorized mesh, and other profiles probably designed
by frequency (2.4 GHz, 4.9 GHz, and 5 GHz); its unlikely there would
be a one-size-fits-all. Standards open industries to additional
competition, but they can also soothe worried purchasers.
There are presently a couple ZigBee mesh network based RFID solutions on the market from AwarePoint and InnerWireless. StatCom has a programmable data capture device that uses ZigBee. The idea of a relatively low cost network infrastructure that only requires double sided tape or screws to deploy sounds great for health care. If you're scratching your head about the tape and screws, these are wireless devices (no cables and they don't connect over a LAN) and no power lines (they are battery powered with a battery life measured in months or years). We will see more products based on this technology.