ZigBee Alliance and ECHONET Consortium sign liaison agreement


Tobin Richardson,
Chairman and CEO,
ZigBee Alliance
San Ramon, CA, U.S.A. and Tokyo, Japan — (METERING.COM0 — June 3, 2013 – The ZigBee® Alliance and the Japan-based ECHONET™ Consortium have announced a liaison agreement to collaborate on the development of a certification program for products based on ECHONET standards – and in particular, the certification of ECHONET Lite applications using the ZigBee IP wireless mesh networking communications protocol.

The ECHONET standards are universal, international communication standards for linking home appliances made by different manufacturers and provide various services using easily installed transmission media in both new and existing homes. The internet protocol (IP)-based ECHONET Lite standard was endorsed as the Japanese Smart House Standard by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). ECHONET Lite defines application level communications for electric appliances and electronic equipment to connect to a home energy management system while allowing the use of any appropriate communication standard.

The ZigBee IP specification is the first open standard for an IPv6 based full wireless mesh networking solution to control low power, low cost devices.

“The ZigBee Alliance is pleased to collaborate with ECHONET Consortium,” said Tobin J.M. Richardson, chairman and CEO of the ZigBee Alliance. “Both the ZigBee Alliance and ECHONET Consortium are not only committed to establishing certification programs in Japan but also to promoting these international standards around the world.”