ZigBee 3.0: The Foundation for the Internet of Things is now Available!

ZigBee 3.0 is the unification of the Alliance’s market-leading wireless standards into a single standard. This standard provides seamless interoperability among the widest range of smart devices and gives consumers and businesses access to innovative products and services that will work together seamlessly to enhance everyday life.

ZigBee 3.0 certification is now available. Many Alliance members, including Atmel, Freescale, The Kroger Co., Legrand, NXP, Philips, Schneider Electric, Silicon Labs, Texas Instruments, Wincor Nixdorf, and V-Mark were actively involved in the development and testing process.

 ZigBee 3.0Why ZigBee 3.0?

ZigBee 3.0 simplifies the choice for developers creating Internet of Things products and services. It delivers all the features of ZigBee while unifying the ZigBee application standards found in tens of millions of devices delivering benefits to consumers today. ZigBee 3.0 standard enables communication and interoperability among devices for smart homes, connected lighting, and other markets so more diverse, fully interoperable solutions can be delivered by product developers and service providers.

Network Level Standardization

ZigBee 3.0 is based on IEEE 802.15.4, which operates at 2.4 GHz (a frequency available for use around the world) and uses ZigBee PRO networking to enable reliable communication in the smallest, lowest-power devices.

  • ZigBee is reliable and robust and uses multi-hop mesh networking to eliminate single points of failure and expand the reach of networks.
  • ZigBee is low-power allowing battery-operated devices such as door and window sensors to operate for seven years. With the Green Power feature, you don’t need any batteries!
  • ZigBee is scalable and supports networks of thousands of nodes providing a networking for the smart home or the smart city.
  • ZigBee is secure and uses a variety of security mechanisms such as AES-128 encryption, device and network keys and frame counters.
  • ZigBee is global and is built on 2.4 GHz which is available for unlicensed use anywhere around the world. This means a product developer can sell the same product anywhere on the planet.


Application Level Standardization

The ZigBee Alliance has always believed that true interoperability comes from standardization at all levels of the network, especially the application level which most closely touches the user. Everything from joining a network to device operations like on and off are defined so devices from different vendors can work together seamlessly.

ZigBee Application Standardization

ZigBee 3.0 defines more than 130 devices and the widest range of devices types including home automation, lighting, energy management, smart appliance, security, sensors, and health care monitoring products. It supports both easy-to-use DIY installations as well as professionally installed systems. All current device types, commands, and functionality defined in current ZigBee PRO-based standards are available in the ZigBee 3.0.


ZigBee 3.0 certification is now available to Alliance members.

Would you like access to ZigBee 3.0 today? It’s available to members, so join the Alliance today and become part of our global ecosystem.

You can get an introduction to ZigBee 3.0 in this webinar presented by Alliance member experts.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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    What standards are being unified?

    The initial release of ZigBee 3.0 includes ZigBee Home Automation, ZigBee Light Link, ZigBee Building Automation, ZigBee Retail Services, ZigBee Health Care, and ZigBee Telecommunication services. This means a wide variety of smart devices can interoperate seamlessly leading to new, innovative IoT solutions.
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    What about ZigBee Smart Energy?

    All application level functionality of ZigBee Smart Energy is already included in ZigBee 3.0. However, ZigBee Smart Energy uses advanced security based on elliptical curve cryptography specifically implemented for use by electric utilities to enable a highly secured smart grid. This level of security will be integrated as an optional feature of ZigBee 3.0 in the future and will enable merging ZigBee Smart Energy.
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    Why were there separate standards?

    In the past, the Alliance has focused on optimizing our standards for individual markets based on limitations of hardware (including processor speed and memory size) and the particular requirements of individual markets. The latest hardware solutions like fast, low-cost SOCs combined with the increasing desire to connect an even wider variety of devices in every market led our members to create ZigBee 3.0. The new standard makes it even easier for developers to create products and services that can interoperate seamlessly with the widest variety of everyday devices.
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    What happens to standards like ZigBee Home Automation?

    Companies will continue to release ZigBee Home Automation products for some time but the Alliance believes most companies will choose to move towards ZigBee 3.0 in order to interoperate seamlessly with the widest variety of devices and sell their products in multiple markets.
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    I'm currently developing a ZigBee product. Should I wait for ZigBee 3.0 to be ratified until I complete my product?

    No. If you are developing a ZigBee Home Automation 1.2 or ZigBee Light Link 1.0 product, your product will be forward compatible with ZigBee 3.0. Continue to work to bring your product to market! Getting your product ZigBee Certified today means you are ZigBee 3.0 ready.
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    Do we have to update our current products?

    End devices certified to ZigBee Home Automation 1.2 and ZigBee Light Link 1.0 will be forward compatible with ZigBee 3.0. In order to take advantage of all ZigBee 3.0 functionality, devices supporting other standards may need to be updated. The Alliance encourages product developers to include over-the-air upgrade capability in all products.
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    Is ZigBee 3.0 based on Internet Protocol (IP)?

    ZigBee 3.0 is based on ZigBee PRO, which is designed for the particular needs of device-to-device networking. ZigBee PRO is low-power, low-cost, and low-complexity supporting mesh networking for improved reliability and still can be run in very small devices such as simple sensors.
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    I am a developer and used to dealing with the current ZigBee standards documents. Will the documents change?

    The documents will change and be organized so you can better find the information you need. The ZigBee PRO specification will define network operations. A ZigBee 3.0 Base Device Behavior specification will define the behavior for all devices when forming or joining a network. A new ZigBee 3.0 Application Architecture document will provide guidance for implementing ZigBee in your solutions. Finally, the ZigBee 3.0  Cluster Library will provide a single document which defines all application level functionality.


ZigBee: Control Your World

Control Your World

ZigBee offers the only open, global wireless standard enabling everyday simple and smart objects to work together and help you control your world. ZigBee is the leading standard for monitoring and control used in consumer, commercial and industrial markets around the world. The Alliance is an open, non-profit ecosystem of approximately 400 organizations developing and promoting standards defining the Internet of Things for use in homes and businesses.

Leading companies around the world use ZigBee to deliver innovative Internet of Things products and services to meet the needs of many growing markets. ZigBee lets your customers create their own Internet of Things to gain greater control of and improve comfort and efficiency in everyday activities.

Thanks to ZigBee, it’s never been easier to differentiate your products and services while also making them smarter and greener.