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loucovey
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Re: You ain't seen nothing yet
loucovey   2/15/2013 3:14:29 PM
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I wonder how we got to this design in the first place.  The problem with it is that it is always on, drawing power, and the point of it is to reduce power consumption.  And it adds a tremendous amount of complexity and potential failure to the entire system.  Wouldn't it make more sense to put it on an ethernet system ? It would be much less complicated and lower power.

 

Douglas Alexander
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Re: Great standard for short-range wireless communication.
Douglas Alexander   2/15/2013 1:13:23 PM
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@ Cryptoman, I agree. When companies start to take advantage just two-state control systems like on-off, open-closed, up-down etc., then Zigbee remote controls for many of the basic automation requirements in the home or business will be quickly adopted. Writing software script files that cycle through a command-control set, will prepare an entire environment before the inhabitants arrive. Mobile devices with applications that talk to Zigbee hosts could be next big wave of application types. Boot up your computer at home while you are still on the freeway. Turn on the coffe pot, central heating, or lights from bed. Or wake-up remote cameras by location in the home from work. I can see it coming. Zigbee batteries are designed to last for two years so wireless cameras at the perimeter of your property or inside your refridgerator or mounted on your dog's collar may be cimmon place in two years. Hey! Check out the neighbor's dog looking at us. I wonder if his camera is on?!

Ariella
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Re: Technology is running
Ariella   2/15/2013 1:04:02 PM
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"Sounds like a marketing tag line for an ISP." That could work. On just this topic, I recently shared this. Note the that a rotary phone is used to make the connection to the computer in the video. Note that what is conveyed is devoid of pictuers and ads (slower connections have their compensations) Also note the quote "we're not in it to make money." Of course, in 1981 it was much cheaper to buy your paper for pennies rather than pay $5 an hour for a paper that takes 2 hours to dowload.

Douglas Alexander
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Re: Great standard for short-range wireless communication.
Douglas Alexander   2/15/2013 1:00:28 PM
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t.alex, size is everything in mobile devices. The Zigbee radio is still pretty large but there are continual improvements for size so I imagine that we will see greater deployments as the size of the transponder decreases. Zigbee daisy chains so the distance or size of the warehouse is not an issue. Like youself, I think the Zigbee tech will become the wireless method of choice for WMS applications.

Douglas Alexander
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Douglas Alexander   2/15/2013 12:54:28 PM
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@Ariella, You bring up an interesting point. I was around in the days of 300 baud dial-up modems and it took a lifetime to receive a graphic. All the web developers were encouraged to keep their images down to 100 X 100 or at most 200 X 200 pixels. Now with the increased bandwidth, as you indicated, huge multimedia files do not present a problem. I was thinking of your comment regarding "patience" and how our expectations have changed and how other personal and corporate "personality" traits may have been impacted with the widespread adoption of the internet. I know employers expect more work to be done in shorter periods of time and when those expectations are based upon internet speeds, it follows that the wider bandwidth the higher the productivity if all other things are equal. Sounds like a marketing tag line for an ISP.

_hm
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Zigbee transformation
_hm   2/15/2013 4:38:43 AM
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ZigBee is around for quite few years. Also, it has vast potential to help resolve many new applications. However, adaptation to this technology is rather quite slow. Is this due to incremental cost or is it technology introduced little too early?

 

t.alex
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Re: Great standard for short-range wireless communication.
t.alex   2/14/2013 10:31:30 PM
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Zigbee is really the ideal candidate for supply chain and warehouse applications. The only disadvantage as compared to bluetooth is it does not come ready inside mobile devices like bluetooth. 

Ariella
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Re: Technology is running
Ariella   2/14/2013 9:12:12 PM
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@Nemos Absolutely, computing power gets faster, and we grow a lot more impatient. It was not so very long ago that I had a dial-up connection for the internet. I remember waiting 20 minutes for high-resolution photo to download. That pace of data transfer wouldn't work for today when images and even video are standard online.

Nemos
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Technology is running
Nemos   2/14/2013 6:20:41 PM
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"Yesterday's fast is today's slow" that's is so true ,.... I have the feeling that every year it passes the technology is running with the double speed. When I was a child, you could not realize this, and today it is so obvious that I am afraid in a few years will not be in the position to follow the speed .....

Brian Fuller
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You ain't seen nothing yet
Brian Fuller   2/13/2013 3:42:53 PM
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Douglas, over 50 perhaps, but with the hipness of a 25-year-old! 

;  )

This is a great post that hints at some amazing innovation that will get injected in the chain, I'll argue, a lot faster than we think. 

I liken it to driverless cars. Suddenly, they're here. Why? Because the technology has been here for years and it's low cost and accessible. The only thing holding adoption back will be regulation. The technology is not an issue.

I'm sure there will be innovation within the supply chain (probably going on behind closed doors right now) that will fundamentally change how we do things, in ways few could have imagined. 

 

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