Zigbee Now Supports Even More Certifiable Device Types

Zigbee Now Supports Even More Certifiable Device Types

By Musa Unmehopa, Zigbee Alliance Vice Chairman of the Board, and Senior Director Standards & Regulations, Philips Lighting

Momentum continues to build behind Zigbee as the universal IoT language for interoperable device-to-device communication. In addition to last year’s announcement about the first 20 Zigbee Certified platforms (the technology components at the heart of Zigbee-based products) we are excited to share that Zigbee now enables interoperability among 35 different device types representing a variety of end equipment sets in home and building automation. Device type maps directly to an actual end product, and interoperable operations among device types is founded on a total of 15 certifiable clusters (which abstract the application data and communication model for specific operations, like on/off control). Furthermore, interoperability is delivered by Zigbee devices in the most energy-efficient way compared to any other standard. Battery-less products scavenging power through user interaction can monitor and actuate any other device in the Zigbee network, thanks to Green Power technology which is enabled for each of these device types. 

Earlier this year five more Zigbee clusters were added on top of the 10 that were already available in 2016, and our technical working groups remain busy ensuring that even more certifiable clusters and device types will be available in the first half of 2017 – all integral parts of the same interoperable Zigbee ecosystem of smart devices.

As we continue to extend the number of available certifiable clusters and device types for Zigbee product development, we further enhance the Zigbee value proposition as the most widely deployed IoT product development solution spanning the broadest range of devices that are interoperable with both past and future products. All Zigbee certified products will not just connect but also communicate and work seamlessly together, because they speak the same application language with each other and with millions of earlier Zigbee certified solutions that have already been deployed in smart homes, buildings and neighborhood area networks. 

As you can see, the application space enabled by the Zigbee device types spans across lighting, security, energy management, environmental sensing and HVAC. Supporting a broad range of different device types and application clusters is important to ensure interoperability across the widest possible variety of use cases for the largest set of market segments. Device manufacturers do not have to turn to different wireless technologies based on the type of use case they want to support or market segment they aim to address. Zigbee offers the most extensive library of device types and application clusters for developers to pick and choose from. And, it does this enabling a wide class of device operations, from battery-less to mains.

Watch for more news as members begin building products based on our large and growing foundation of certified Zigbee-compliant platforms. We expect there to be dozens of Zigbee-compliant platforms throughout 2017 and beyond, and have already seen many module vendors and contract engineering firms building product offerings based on those available today. The market is seeing the first wave of Zigbee certified end products and they’re delivering on our promise – to not only work with earlier Zigbee certified products that represent the world’s largest installed base of IoT products, but are also future-proofed to work with a new generation of products on the horizon. 

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