By Musa Unmehopa, Zigbee Alliance Vice Chairman of the Board, and Senior Director Standards & Regulations, Philips Lighting
Only five months after announcing the availability of 35 device types that can be certified as part of the Zigbee 3.0 Certification program, the Zigbee Alliance will be adding 12 more in the next release of its test tools. Not only is the list of lighting device types expanding into professional buildings with the addition of on/off and dimmable ballasts and light level sensors. Now, use cases for alarms and security, as well as energy, ambient and temperature management (HVAC) can be supported. This further strengthens Zigbee 3.0 as a complete library of application objects to bring innovative IoT products to market today.
Broad use case support from 12 new device types
- Three HVAC device types added: heating/cooling unit, thermostat, and humidity sensor.
These allow heating, ventilation and air conditioning use cases for your home and provide more control in managing your comfort as well as utility bills
- Four Intruder Alarm System (IAS) device types added: IAS control & indicating equipment, IAS ancillary control equipment, IAS zone, and IAS warning device.
These allow home and building security/safety applications consisting of sensors and control equipment to trigger alarms, and issue audible and visible warning signals (like a siren or strobe light) to deter intruders or warn homeowners of a fire.
- Two additional home security device types added: door lock and door lock controller.
These allow your front door lock to communicate with other systems in your home, e.g. to switch on the lights and simultaneously turn on the heating when you arrive home from work. This also adds uses cases for remote locking and unlocking as well as notification alerts when someone enters your home.
The application space enabled by Zigbee 3.0 device types keeps expanding, making Zigbee 3.0 the most complete and feature-rich application layer available for product development today.
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