ZigBee IP and 920 IP Specification Overview  

ZigBee IP is the first open standard for an IPv6-based full wireless mesh networking solution and provides seamless Internet connections to control low-power, low-cost devices. It connects dozens of the different devices into a single control network.  

ZigBee IP was designed to support the forthcoming ZigBee Smart Energy version 2 standard.

It has been updated to include 920IP, which provides specific support for ECHONET Lite and the requirements of Japanese Home Energy Management systems. 920IP was developed in response to Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) designation of 920 MHz for use in HEMS and Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) endorsement of ECHONET Lite as a smart home standard. 920IP is the only standard referenced by the Telecommunications Technology Committee (TTC) which supports multi-hop mesh networking.

The ZigBee IP specification enriches the IEEE 802.15.4 standard by adding network and security layers and an application framework. ZigBee IP offers a scalable architecture with end-to-end IPv6 networking, laying the foundation for an Internet of Things without the need for intermediate gateways. It offers cost-effective and energy-efficient wireless mesh network based on standard Internet protocols, such as 6LoWPAN, IPv6, PANA, RPL, TCP, TLS and UDP. It also features proven, end-to-end security using TLS1.2 protocol, link layer frame security based on AES-128-CCM algorithm and support for public key infrastructure using standard X.509 v3 certificates and ECC-256 cipher suite. ZigBee IP enables low-power devices to participate natively with other IPv6-enabled Ethernet, Wi-Fi and, HomePlug devices.

From this foundation, product manufacturers can use the ZigBee Smart Energy version 2 standard to create multi-vendor interoperable solutions. As with any ZigBee Alliance specification, custom applications, known as manufacturer specific profiles, can be developed without multi-vendor interoperability.

Characteristics of ZigBee IP include:

  • Global operation in the 2.4GHz frequency band according to IEEE 802.15.4
  • Regional operation in the 915Mhz (Americas), 868Mhz (Europe) and 920 MHz (Japan)
  • Incorporates power saving mechanisms for all device classes
  • Supports development of discovery mechanisms with full application confirmation
  • Supports development of pairing mechanisms with full application confirmation
  • Multiple star topology and inter-personal area network (PAN) communication
  • Unicast and multi-cast transmission options
  • Security key update mechanism
  • Utilizes the industry standard AES-128-CCM security scheme
  • Supports Alliance standards or manufacturer specific innovations

We've created a complete list of Features and Benefits for the ZigBee IP specification.