This sounds like the ZigBee device will enable a cascaded network topology. Similar to that in Classic Bluetooth where we can have two different piconets and one device being part of both piconets. The videos at the Ember website are worth looking. They are fun and insightful.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.