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Don't expect large home automation networks to suddenly materialize. Instead, they will grow from small home automation networks. Having made inroads in remote controls and set top boxes, ZigBee is well positioned. Now it's up to vendors to turn hypothetical applications such as energy management into compelling, money-saving applications that will drive home automation sales.
Ira Brodsky is a St. Louis, Missouri-based consultant and the author of The History of Wireless: How Creative Minds Produced Technology for the Masses.