T4-Wireless Personal Area Networks


May 8, 2017


Due to the fast-growing applications of IoT, ZigBee Wireless Sensor and Control Network are one of the most widely used technology for IoT devices. ZigBee can also be used in automation processing, chemical plants, refineries, and commercial buildings as well as home automation. The wireless sensor and control networks are rapidly growing. Furthermore, according to a new market research report, it will be a $7.8 billion industry by the year 2017. To accommodate this burgeoning technology, numerous standards are being developed for wireless sensor and control networking such as SP100.11 (Wireless Systems for Automation) by the Industrial Standard for Automation (ISA), Wireless HART (Highway Addressable Remote Transducer) by the HART organization, IPv6 over Low Rate Wireless Personal Network (6LoWPAN) by IETF (the Internet Engineering Task Force), Thread Wireless Technology (Thread Group) and ZigBee by the ZigBee alliance.

The following is a list of the more common applications for wireless sensor and control networks.

1. Commercial Building Automation
2. Home automation
3. Industrial and process automation
4. Energy and utility automation
5. Health Care
6. Remote Control


Ata Elahi is a Professor of Computer Science at Southern Connecticut State University, USA. Dr. Elahi received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Mississippi State University in 1982. He is the author of the following books:

1. Computer Systems, Springer 2017
2. ARM Assembly Language with Hardware Experiments”, Springer, 2015
3. ZigBee Wireless Sensor and Control Network, published by Prentice Hall, 2010
4. Data, Network & Internet Communications Technology, published by Thomson Learning 2006
5. Network Communication Technology, published by Delmar Thomson learning 2001
6. Dr. Elahi has presented ZigBee Wireless Sensor and Control Network tutorial at following conferences:
7. International Conference on Internet of Things and Big Data. Rome, Italy 2016
8. 25th International Conference on Electronics, Communications and Computers. Cholula, Puebla, MEXICO 2015
9. International Conference on Telecommunications, Lisbon, Portugal, May 2014
10. 5th International Conference on Mobile Networks and Management (MONAN), Cork, Republic of Ireland, Sept 2013
11. Global Wireless Summit, Atlantic City, USA 2013:
12. 28th Symposium On Applied Computing (SAC), Coimbra, Portugal, March 2013

Tutorial Topics:

A. ZigBee Wireless Sensor

1. Wireless Sensor and Control Technologies
2. ZigBee Wireless Sensor and Control Network
3. ZigBee Protocol Architecture
4. IEEE 802.15.4 Physical Layer
5. IEEE 802.15.4 Medium Access Control (MAC) Layer
6. Network Layer
7. Application Support Sublayer (APS)
8. Application Layer
9. Security
10. Address Assignment and Routing
11. ZigBee Home Automation and Smart Energy Network
12. ZigBee RF4CE

B. IPv6 over Low Rate Wireless Personal Area Networks (6LoWPAN)
C. Thread Wireless Technology

Intended Audience: The primary purpose of this tutorial is to provide a basic understanding of ZigBee Wireless Network, 6LowPAN and Thread technology, it is intended for educators, researchers, system designers, embedded programmers, and anyone wishing to learn more about this technology.