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ICP Electronics announces new family of devices for industrial control and automation

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ICP Electronics Australia introduces a diverse range of ZigBee products manufactured by ICP DAS for industrial automation and control environments.

A specification based on the IEEE 802.15.4 standard for wireless personal area networks (WPANs), ZigBee operates in the ISM radio bands, and defines a general purpose, inexpensive, self-organising, mesh network for industrial control, embedded sensing, medical data collection, smoke and intruder warning, building automation and home automation.

The three different types of ZigBee devices in a ZigBee network include:

Coordinator (Master)

Each ZigBee network has only one coordinator with the sole function to store information about the network and to determine the optimum transmission path between any two points of the network.

Full Function Device (Router, Repeater)

Routers act as an intermediate repeater that passes data from other devices.

Reduced Function Device (End Device)

This device contains a minimal amount of functionality to enable it to talk to its parent node, which can be either the coordinator or the router. However, it cannot relay data directly from other devices.

The ZigBee family includes analogue I/O, temperature sensors, digital I/O, multifunction I/O, and ZigBee sniffers, repeaters and converters (RS232/485, Ethernet and USB to ZigBee). Key features of the ZigBee range include -25°C to +75°C operation; ESD/EFT protection; 10-30VDC wide range power supply; dual watchdog timer; Windows GUI Configuration Software; and DIN Rail mounting.

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