San Ramon, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — June 24, 2008 – The ZigBee Alliance, a global ecosystem of companies creating wireless solutions for use in energy management, commercial and consumer applications, has announced public availability of its ZigBee Smart Energy public application profile. ZigBee Smart Energy is a ready-to-use solution offering utilities and technology suppliers a secure, interoperable, easy-to-use wireless global standard for developing products that improve energy management and efficiency for both consumers and corporations.
ZigBee Smart Energy was developed through collaboration between utility companies, product manufacturers and technology suppliers in response to demand for a global wireless standard for better energy management. It enables wireless two-way communication between utility companies and common household devices, empowering consumers to manage their energy usage more precisely. ZigBee Smart Energy allows utility companies to implement more sophisticated programs for greater energy management, and to respond to government demands for energy efficiency. It is available for free download by the public from the ZigBee web site.
In May the Alliance certified 19 ZigBee Smart Energy products, which represent a full range of devices necessary to implement a wide variety of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) programs. All ZigBee Smart Energy products are certified to perform regardless of manufacturer, allowing utilities and consumers to purchase with confidence.
Demand for energy management systems has never been greater as the shift toward energy efficiency becomes more compelling and cost-effective. ZigBee Smart Energy provides an affordable and easy way to improve energy efficiency and reduce environmental impact.
"ZigBee Smart Energy is a significant achievement because it is the only global wireless standard among utilities, product manufacturers and technology suppliers," said Bob Heile, chairman of the ZigBee Alliance. "The introduction of ZigBee Smart Energy to the public will exponentially increase and advance the development of more products and services to boost the energy efficiency movement. As more products get certified, consumers and utilities gain more choices in how they implement new efficiency programs in homes and businesses worldwide."