TazTag Claims First Android Phone with NFC, ZigBee

TPH-ONE Android smartphone with NFC and ZigBee wireless technologies to debut at GSMA Mobile World Congress 2012 next week. Maybe WiFi won't supplant home automation protocols after all?

The forthcoming TPH-ONE Android phone from TazTag most likely will mimic the commercial-oriented TazPad tablet with NFC and ZigBee, introduced last year.

Some say home automation will not need dedicated protocols such as Z-Wave and ZigBee because smartphone makers will never embed those technologies in their mobile devices.

Wrong! French-based TazTag is introducing what appears to be the first ZigBee-enabled mobile phone next week at the GSMA Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona.

The TPH-ONE, which also includes Near Field Communication (NFC) is touted as an ideal controller for home automation and smart energy applications as well as RF4CE, the ZigBee-based A/V control protocol that we’re starting to see in some consumer electronics devices and set-top boxes.

Last year, TazTag introduced what appears to be another industry first: the TazPad Android tablet with NFC, ZigBee and biometrics. That product is primarily geared towards commercial markets. The new smart phone marks the company’s first foray into the consumer market.

Many home-control pundits suggest that ZigBee, Z-Wave and similar technologies will be supplanted by low-power IP (WiFi) solutions.

Perhaps TazTag will prove otherwise.

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The TPH-ONE is available in March as sample and can already be pre-ordered in volumes deliverable in April.

While details are not yet available, we expect the product to be something like the TazPad, whose specs are below.

The TPH-ONE smartphone ecosystem might look similar to the TazPad’s

TazPad Specs

Near Field Communication (NFC)
Reader Writer Mode:
Up to 3.0 cm (proximity) or 5 cm (vicinity):
-ISO 14443 A/B compliant
-ISO 15693 compliant
-Supports NXP MIFARE Ultra Light
-Supports NXP MIFARE DESFire
-Supports ICODE
-Supports micropass

Emulation Mode:
-NFC type 1,2,4 tag emulation
-ISO 14443A/B Card Emulation

-ZigBee PRO compliant
-Up to 50 m in open environment

Network Wireless
Wifi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, ZigBee , NFC 3G HSDPA option (SIM slot)

Dimensions, Weight
235 x 111 x 13, 450g / 0.99lb with battery

7 inch, 800 x 480, capacitive multitouch screen

Android 2.3

Samsung CortexA8 1Ghz, 512 KB L2 cache

2400 mAh 7.4 V, LiPO

2 Cameras
-Frontfacing 2 MP
-Rearfacing 5 MP autofocus

Location Based System
Builtin Standalone GPS
3axis accelerometer, geo magnetic field sensor

1080p (H.264+AAC), miniHDMI with SPDIF audio

-Builtin speaker and microphone
-3.5mm headphone jack

-512 MB Mobile DDR
-4 GB internal storage
-16 GB on Micro SD slot (up to 32 GB)

Finger print scanner
Large Area Sensor

Secure components
TazPad integrates a SecuRead, based on the INSIDE MicroReadR NFC solution. It includes a secure element from Infineon Technologies powered by a Giesecke & Devrient operating system that supports JavaCard 3 and GlobalPlatform 2. It is targeted for EAL 5+ and EMVCo certification.

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Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Email Julie at [email protected]

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