In the ZigBee profiles, applications are defined as Application Profiles. In addition to the application profiles, there are also the device profiles, the ZigBee Device Objects (ZDO). While the application profiles describe the type of communication, the device profiles deal with the structure of the devices, their behavior and the interaction with other devices. These device profiles define the ZigBee objects and the data exchange among ZigBee objects.
The application profiles cover the different application areas of ZigBee in terms of application technology. These include building automation with ZigBee Building Automation (ZBA) and Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), which provide effective energy harvesting. Building automation applications include security devices; Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC); Automatic Meter Reading (AMR); lighting control; and access control.demand-response method. For this purpose, there is the Smart Energy Profile (SEP), a ZigBee profile with which smart meters, In-Home Displays (IHD) and other devices can be controlled.
Another application area is healthcare, which is supported by the Personal, Home and Hospital Care (PHHC) application profile. Wireless Sensor Applications (WSA) is another application profile for wireless communication between sensors and actuators.ZigBee device profiles are available for the same application areas. For example, building automation is supported by the ZigBee Building Automation (ZBA) and ZigBee Home Automation (ZHA) device profiles. For remote control of industrial equipment there is ZigBee Remote Control (ZRC) and for energy management in buildings there is ZigBee Smart Energy (ZSE). ZigBee Health Care (ZHC) is about health care devices, ZigBee Input Device is about various input devices and ZigBee Light Link (ZLL) is about communication devices and lighting equipment. For connecting network components there are ZigBee Network Devices, for sales transactions between reseller and buyer there are ZigBee Retail Services (ZTS) and for various telecommunication services there are ZigBee Telecom Services (ZTS).