San Ramon, Calif. – Sept. 27, 2011 – The ZigBee® Alliance, a global ecosystem of companies creating wireless solutions for use in energy management, commercial and consumer applications, today announced it has completed development and ratified the ZigBee Building AutomationTM standard.
ZigBee Building Automation is the global standard for interoperable products enabling the secure and reliable monitoring and control of commercial building systems. It is the only BACnet® approved wireless mesh network standard for commercial buildings. Products using ZigBee Building Automation give building owners and operators control of more building types, previously unreachable rooms or sensitive areas, thanks to its low-power wireless operation. Existing wired BACnet building automation systems can now be expanded with greater ease and reduced operational cost. The standard was developed by numerous Alliance members, with major assistance coming from Convergence Wireless, Johnson Controls, Schneider Electric, Siemens, Ingersoll-Rand and Ubilogix.
“ZigBee Building Automation delivers much sought after integration with BACnet building automation systems,” said Andy McMillan, BACnet International President and General Manager Philips Teletrol. “We selected ZigBee Building Automation because its low-power mesh networks will meet the needs of just about any type of building.”
With ZigBee Building Automation, building owners, operators and tenants can create more efficient buildings and benefit from increased energy savings. They can also ensure the lowest lifecycle costs with this green and easy-to-install robust wireless network. ZigBee Building Automation wireless products can contribute toward satisfying credits in the Sustainable Sites, Energy and Atmosphere and Indoor Environmental Quality categories of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® green building certification program.
“With ZigBee Building Automation, it is now possible to eliminate the web of wires required to monitor and manage a building and maintain all the benefits of BACnet, “said Bob Heile, chairman of the ZigBee Alliance. “ZigBee Building Automation provides product manufacturers with a proven standard to expand their product line and help their customers adapt for the future. Only a ZigBee Building Automation network makes it easier, faster and cheaper for a space to be reconfigured to meet a new tenant need.”
The Alliance expects members to create ZigBee Building Automation products that will become ZigBee Certified. To see a full list of features and benefits offered by ZigBee Building Automation, visit: http://www.ZigBee.org/BuildingAutomation.
The ZigBee Certified program tests the functionality and interoperability of products using ZigBee standards and specifications to ensure they meet stringent quality standards. More than 340 products have successfully passed this rigorous program. The certification of products is a critical part of the ZigBee Alliance’s standards development and is required before any standard is released for product development. The ZigBee Certified program allows manufacturers to deliver a variety of innovative products to customers of all types who can benefit from the simplicity of ZigBee control. To learn more, visit: http://zigbee.org/Products/ZigBeeCertifiedProgram.aspx.
ZigBee: Control your world
ZigBee offers green and global wireless standards connecting the widest range of devices to work together intelligently and help you control your world. The ZigBee Alliance is an open, non- profit association of approximately 400 members driving development of innovative, reliable and easy-to-use ZigBee standards. The Alliance promotes worldwide adoption of ZigBee as the leading wirelessly networked, sensing and control standard for use in consumer, commercial and industrial areas. For more information, visit: www.ZigBee.org.