Internet of Things organization ZigBee Alliance announced the unification of its wireless communication protocols to a single standard - ZigBee 3.0.
The new standard aims to provide interoperability among devices for home automation, connected lighting, and energy efficiency, sensors, and smart appliances.
All device types, commands, and functionality defined in current ZigBee PRO-based standards are available to developers in the new standard.
Based on IEEE 802.15.4, which operates at global frequency 2.4 GHz, ZigBee 3.0 uses ZigBee PRO networking to enable reliable communication in the smallest, lowest-power devices.
Mareca Hatler, director of research with ON World, said: “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.”
Alliance members' input
ZigBee Alliance members, including Philips, Schneider Electric, Silicon Labs, Texas Instruments are testing the new standard.
The standard is expected to be ratified in Q4 2015.
Tobin J. M. Richardson, president and CEO of the ZigBee Alliance, said: “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 Alliance is hosting a free webinar on December 2, 2014 titled “ZigBee 3.0 – The Open, Global Standard for the Internet of Things”. The webinar will be held from 8:00-9:00 am PST and feature Alliance member experts. Space is limited so please register today at.