Zigbee-Alliance-new protocol single standard

Wireless technology standards body Zigbee Alliance has certified its 1,000th product suggesting an increasing global interest in developing Internet of Things technology.

More than 400 manufacturers of smart meters, smart lighting and smart home products are using the ZigBee standard, confirms the alliance. Zigbee is set to feature prominently in the UK's ongoing smart meter rollout of 53 million units with its smart energy solutions used in home area networks comprising meters and in-home displays.

As well as certifying products are compliant to the wireless interoperable standard, the ZigBee programme also evaluates all platforms before they can be engineered into products.

Smart home

Members of the ZigBee Alliance include home automation companies such as LeGrand and Schneider Electric, telecommunications companies like Comcast, Deutsche Telekom and EchoStar, and US retail stores such as Staples and Lowe's.

The standards are also being used to allow consumers to have wireless control over LED fixtures, light bulbs, remotes and switches with GE, Osram, Philips and Busch Jaeger signing up to the standard.

The market for Zigbee-enabled devices is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of more than 67 per cent from 2014-2018, according to data from intelligence company Research and Markets.

The non-profit alliance, founded in 2002, is headquartered in California, in the US.