Zigbee certified product availability surpasses 500
June 22, 2012 - The ZigBee Alliance, a global ecosystem of companies creating wireless solutions for use in energy management, commercial and consumer applications, has announced that more than 500 ZigBee certified products are currently available to the market, a 60% surge since August 2011.
By Alyssa Dalton
Continual growth in ZigBee certified products signals increased demand and success, said the Alliance.
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.
“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, chair 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 tests 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, it said. Here, the testing and certification of products is required before any ZigBee standard is released for use.
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 Smart Energy – This standard provides tools for monitoring, controlling and automating the delivery and smart use of energy and water to help consumers live a more efficient lifestyle. There are 246 ZigBee certified products 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 consumers, do-it-yourself and professional installers with different 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 lighting products offering control via smartphone, tablet or remote control. There are already 12 ZigBee certified products including remote controls, dimmers, colour controls.
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