Intelisockets and Intelisensors communicate with the Inteligateway using Zigbee, with a proprietary profile that uses channels 11 through 26 in the 2.4 GHz ISM band. Our Zigbee profile is independent of other smart energy, home automation, or other open Zigbee profiles. Our profile does not pass encryption keys over the radio network and Zigbee endpoints do not hop between channels. This provides enterprise-grade security for the mesh network between Ibis products.
We use Zigbee instead of WiFi for several reasons:
- Intelisockets are not assigned IP addresses and thus are not directly routable from the Internet, enhancing security.
- Using Zigbee also removes the need for IP address allocation on the enterprise WiFi network, and the challenges of maintaining enterprise authentication for sensors and sockets on a WiFi network.