The ZigBee household device networking standard is starting to branch out even further -- just a few weeks after announcing ZigBee PRO, the consortium has announced the ZigBee Home Automation application profile, which should make it even easier for companies to develop interoperable automation products based on ZigBee tech. The spec covers most of what you'd expect, like lighting, HVAC, power outlets, motorization, security and audio/video applications, and devices should just plug into existing ZigBee nets and be a part of the self-healing mesh love. No word on when HA profile devices will ship, but with the rate ZigBee's going, it shouldn't be long.

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ZigBee gets more serious about home automation