The ZigBee Alliance, has announced the unification of its wireless standards to a single standard named ZigBee 3.0, which will provide interoperability among the widest range of smart devices, providing consumers and businesses access to innovative products and services.
The new standard impacts tens of millions of devices already using ZigBee standards. The company reports that “all device types, commands, and functionality defined in current ZigBee PRO-based standards are available to developers in the new standard.”
Filip Jan Depauw, Philips Connected Lighting’s head of marketing and partnerships observes, “Happy consumers are the core driving force of all Philips hue activities. Consumers expect their smart devices to just work and be simple, and we continue to deliver new and rich lighting centric experiences that are easy to control and create. The ZigBee protocols are a key enabler to achieve this, and the broader ZigBee 3.0 standard further enables seamless communication across different domains and will therefore allow us to offer even greater functionality to our users. Interoperability made simple empowers new use cases and happy consumers.”
ZigBee 3.0 encompasses defines the widest range of device types including home automation, lighting, energy management, smart appliance, security, sensors, and health care monitoring products. According to ZigBee the new standard “supports both easy-to-use DIY installations as well as professionally installed systems. Based on IEEE 802.15.4, ZigBee 3.0 uses ZigBee PRO networking to enable reliable communication in the smallest, lowest-power devices.”
A complete list of standards that have been merged to create ZigBee 3.0 can be viewed at www.ZigBee.org.
ON world director of research Mareca Hatler says. “The ZigBee Alliance is addressing the critical need for application level standardization. This announcement will build on the Alliance’s leadership across the Internet of Things, while continuing to provide the foundation for innovative products and services for smart homes, connected lighting, and other high growth markets.”
ZigBee 3.0, which is currently undergoing testing, was developed and tested with the help of Alliance members including The Kroger Co., Legrand, NXP, Philips, Schneider Electric, Silicon Labs, Texas Instruments, Wincor Nixdorf, and V-Mark.
ZigBee Alliance president and chief executive officer Tobin J. M. Richardson adds: “The ZigBee Alliance has always believed that true interoperability comes from standardization at all levels of the network, especially the application level which most closely touches the user. Lessons learned by Alliance members when taking products to market around the world have allowed us to unify our application standards into a single standard. ZigBee 3.0 will allow product developers to take advantage of ZigBee’s unique features such as mesh networking and Green Power to deliver highly reliable, secure, low-power, low-cost solutions to any market.”
ZigBee 3.0 demonstrations are planned for the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2015 and ratification is expected in Q4 2015.