Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Zigbee Plays Role With Universal Remote

Cell phone users in Italy will soon have access to some of the newest functionality to be incorporated into handsets, including remote control capabilities and electronic wallets, courtesy of Zigbee

Carrier Telecom Italia is marrying together handset SIM cards with the short-range, low-power, mesh networking standard Zigbee.

Freescale has also been working on including Zigbee in cell phones.

Telecom Italia looked at a couple other wireless technologies to serve the same purpose, including RFID and Bluetooth. But eventually the carrier settled on Zigbee for its higher level of security and because it could be included on the SIM card itself and did not require a separate reader as RFIDs do

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