ZigBee is a very good chance of being deployed for national security and/or snooping, if one reads between the lines of a informative but not-too-informative news release on Ember Corp.'s Web site www.ember.com.
The announcement simply states that In-Q-Tel, a not-for-profit private venture group (now that seems like a contradiction in terms), has agreed to invest in the Boston-area firm spun out of MIT in 2001.
No word on how many tax dollars are being invested or the goal of the investment.
In-Q-Tel is funded by the CIA, FBI, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).
One need not think too hard about how ZigBee might enhance national security. ZigBee networks can be used for sensing and control. They automatically configure and heal themselves, and work for years on very little power.
I suppose hundreds if not thousands of ZigBee nets could be deployed along borders and in any otherwise unmonitored areas where security might be required. Surveillance requires cameras and cameras, in order to be effective, require control.
This is just one ideaand a not very imaginative one at that. But regardless of what the Agencies' ultimate interest in ZigBee may be, it seems likely that a great deal of information will be accumulated if systems are ever deployed on a widespread basis.
Technology is amoral, of course, so any cyberspook that can catch the proverbial bad guys can also be used to make good guys look like bad guys or something along those lines. That's were human beings come inkeeping technology honest, so to speak.
It remains to be seen how that information will be turned into actions and how many of the resulting events will impact people around the world.