Malaysian firm launches smart home system using ZigBee tech


H.F. Tsang Starfield Electronics - Amber Chia modified

Photo - (On left) H.F. Tsang, owner of Starfield (HK) and Teamwise Ltd,  with Malaysian model Amber Chia, owner and a user of EN'HANCE Lifestyle Automation.


Malaysian electronics design firm Starfield Enhance recently launched a complete integrated home solution, called EN'HANCE, for remote operation, security integration and energy management systems based on using ZigBee technology, it said.

Starfield Enhance managing director, Robert Wong, said, "EN'HANCE is ideal for home owners who do not wish to renovate or refurbish their existing homes as the system does not require any rewiring and hacking for installation and takes only a few hours to complete."

"The system is designed to be open-ended and customisable in which upgrades can be introduced periodically to increase the functionality of the system and ability to address ever-changing market demands and needs," said Wong, during the launch, which was helped by Malaysian model and a user of the smart home system, Amber Chia.

"For example, to enhance home security, home owners can opt for add-ons including a DLNA [Digital Living Network Alliance] media server, a ZigBee passive infrared motion sensor and an RFID (radio frequency identification) door access reader via flash card, pin code and fingerprint scanning," he said. "The system can also be configured to link with existing automatic gates and alarm systems around the home, depending on compatibility."

"As a product that is developed not just to improve but enhance modern living under an environmentally-friendly scheme, the new lifestyle automation system is also designed to monitor and assist in saving energy usage for home owners through a Enhance ZigBee power meter, which provides information about their electricity consumption," said Wong.

He added that the system, which was the result of collaborative research with sister companies, Starfield (HK) and Teamwise Ltd. (Dongguan, China), included the following benefits

- Control over all lighting and appliances around the home.
- Monitor and manage your home remotely using any smart device.
- Manage home security with an integrated network of CCTVs, alarms, sensors, and monitors.
- Optimise energy use.
- Allow a connected community by linking with others and local services in your neighbourhood.
- A complete ZigBee wireless system that gives status feedback for any device operated at anytime from anywhere.

ZigBee is a standards-based wireless technology designed to address the needs of low-cost, low-power wireless sensor and control networks.