Internet of Things: Zigbee To Connect Billions Of Devices To The World Wide Web In The Coming Years

written by: Richard Kastelein

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The ZigBee® Alliance, a global ecosystem of companies creating wireless solutions for use in energy management, commercial and consumer applications, has announced that there are now more than 500 ZigBee Certified products available to the market, a 60 percent surge since August 2011, demonstrating a robust ecosystem responding to rapidly rising market demand for The Internet of Things.

The Internet of Things is the term for the billions of devices that are expected to be connected to the web in the coming years for home automation, energy efficiency and environment management access control, security and health monitoring and care. Many large operators, service providers and utilities are launching residential applications that can be managed via the set-top box/router and from there over the web, allowing their subscribers/customers to connect from anywhere in the world via smart phones and other remote control devices.

Cees Links, Marketing Chair in the ZigBee Alliance and the CEO of GreenPeak Technologies, a leading ultra-low power RF semiconductor company in the home electronics and residential applications space, will be speaking at the upcoming Internet of Things Conference to take place June 6, 2012 at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

By using ultra-low power standard ZigBee wireless technology to easily connect these devices to the set-top box/router, it is now possible to create a network of wireless sensors that either require no power at all or can work for a decade or longer on a single battery, eliminating the hassle of frequent battery replacement.

“Cable companies, service providers and consumer electronics manufacturers are in the process of rolling out ZigBee based smart home systems worldwide,” says Cees Links, Founder and CEO of GreenPeak Technologies. “It's an honor to be selected to speak at this event regarding the strengths and opportunities for the adoption of ZigBee and what we have learned during the past years as one of the fastest growing chip and technology vendors in this space.

Sparked by early market success with ZigBee Home Automation and ZigBee Smart Energy, ZigBee standards play a role in products developed by more than 350 global manufacturers representing annual revenues exceeding $1 trillion, according to a 2010 report from ONWorld. A new report issued by ABI Research last week shows ZigBee is the most widely-used IEEE 802.15.4 technology, accounting for 40 percent of total shipments in 2012 and growing to over 50% by 2015.

 

“The accelerating growth of ZigBee Certified product availability is a clear indicator of how effectively the ZigBee Standards Family is addressing the market needs for smart and energy efficient wireless sensor networks and the expanding Internet of Things” said Bob Heile, chairman of the ZigBee Alliance. “Our members clearly see the benefits of the ZigBee Certified program in delivering value to their customers and in marketing their products.”

The ZigBee Certified program ensures that products built using ZigBee Standards function as expected and products from different manufacturers interoperate with each other. The certification of products is also a critical part of the Alliance’s standards development process. Unlike other standards organizations, the testing and certification of products is required before any ZigBee standard is released for use. There are three ZigBee Authorized independent test services providers National Technical Systems, TUV Rheinland Group and TRaC Global. The ZigBee Certified process allows manufacturers to deliver a variety of products to customers of all types who can benefit from the simplicity of ZigBee control. To learn more about the ZigBee Certified program, visit: http://zigbee.org/Products/ZigBeeCertifiedProgram.aspx.

The now 500-strong ZigBee Certified products list represents products using seven ZigBee standards: ZigBee Building Automation, ZigBee Health Care, ZigBee Home Automation, ZigBee Input Device, ZigBee Light Link, ZigBee Remote Control, and ZigBee Smart Energy. Highlights include:

ZigBee Compliant Platforms – At the heart of every ZigBee Certified product is a platform, and every platform is carefully tested for ZigBee specification compliance. Today, 135 platforms are ZigBee Certified, ensuring a solid supply chain with solutions from many manufacturers for products of all types.

ZigBee Smart Energy – This global industry leader provides tools for monitoring, controlling and automating the delivery and smart use of energy and water to help consumers live a more efficient and greener lifestyle. There are 246 ZigBee Certified products are available today and include a range of products covering energy service portals, meters, displays, programmable communicating thermostats and smart plugs.

ZigBee Home Automation – With 66 ZigBee Certified products providing easy-to-use control, consumers, do-it-yourself and professional installers have many product choices when creating smart homes. Smart homes give consumers more control of home appliances, lighting, security, heating and cooling systems, allowing them to use less energy while creating more comfortable and convenient homes.

ZigBee Light Link – This new standard designed for interoperable, easy-to-use lighting products offering control via your smartphone, tablet or remote control. There are already 12 ZigBee Certified products including remote controls, dimmers, color controls.

ZigBee: Control your world
ZigBee offers green and global wireless standards connecting the widest range of devices to work together intelligently and help you control your world. The ZigBee Alliance is an open, non- profit association of approximately 400 members driving development of innovative, reliable and easy-to-use ZigBee standards. The Alliance promotes worldwide adoption of ZigBee as the leading wirelessly networked, sensing and control standard for use in consumer, commercial and industrial areas. For more information, visit: www.ZigBee.org

To see a full list of ZigBee Certified products, visit here.


 

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