ZigBee Sees Strong Growth For Energy Management And Efficiency Solutions

Zigbee Logo

ZigBee® Alliance members are joining forces and leveraging their global wireless and utility expertise to fight the predicted global energy crisis. With this commitment, the Alliance has increased membership and expanded its ability to deliver solutions that are helping consumers, businesses and utilities improve efficiency, reduce the need for new power plants and save money.

The Alliance enjoys strong endorsement of its energy management and efficiency solutions by utility industry and smart energy grid proponents.

Some of the world’s leading and innovative energy companies, ranging from utilities to suppliers have recently joined the Alliance and are relying on ZigBee solutions. Utilities such as CenterPoint Energy, Southern California Edison and Sempra Utilities are working alongside member companies such as Cellnet, Eaton, Itron, Phillips, Schneider Electric, Siemens, Comverge, Control4, DCSI, Golden Power, Johnson Controls, Legrand, Nivis, Nuri Telecom, Sensus Metering, Silver Spring Networks, Site Controls, Talon Communications, Trilliant Networks, Tritech Technology and Viconics to use existing low-cost and easily installable ZigBee products and services. As a result of these efforts, more and more ZigBee products are being shipped to utility companies around the world.

Alliance members provide consumers, building owners and the energy industry with interoperable products and an open and interoperable standard connecting consumer and commercial devices to the utility grid.

The ZigBee Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Profile will take advantage of other ZigBee application profiles for home and commercial building automation products, filling a critical gap and integrating Home Area Networks (HAN), or in-premise networks, to smart energy grids. The ZigBee AMI Profile provides the critical ‘last foot’ connection from a smart meter to existing ZigBee networks conducting home and commercial building automation. It also provides a standards-based approach for utility programmes such as demand response and demandbased pricing, which will drive global energy efficiency to unprecedented levels.

In the US alone, progressive utility companies and state legislatures are expected to deploy new smart meters in approximately 30 million homes over the next few years. Southern California Edison selected ZigBee as the standard in its HAN technology for its five million smart meter upgrade programme. Many countries and US states are considering legislation to provide incentives to encourage the deployment of AMI to offset the predicted energy crunch, avoid building new power plants and help slow global carbon emissions.

“ZigBee is the best answer for utilities looking to deliver innovative services that bring value to both consumers and businesses while also introducing energy efficiency programmes designed to offset the rising tide of global energy consumption,” says Bob Heile, chairman of the ZigBee Alliance.