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What Is The Zigbee Alliance?

29/09/2020

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3 minutes

Following on from our previous blog post that explained what is the Internet of Things. In this new blog we are going to be covering ZigBee Alliance by answering these questions: what is the ZigBee Alliance? How can the ZigBee Alliance benefit the end consumer? and How can the ZigBee Alliance benefit companies? Keep reading to find out how ZigBee Alliance can help you to #ONEUPYOURBUSINESS!

WHAT IS THE ZIGBEE ALLIANCE?

The ZigBee Alliance, founded in 2002, is the future of the Internet of Things (IoT) as it collaborates with companies to create universal standards for products to help transform the way we work, live, and play. The board of directors consists of executives from companies such as Amazon, Google, Apple, Signify, Silicon Labs, and IKEA etc. Find the full list here of companies who are contributing and actively promoting the project.

ZigBee Alliance started the project Connected Home over IP (Project CHIP) Working Group in January 2020. The project builds upon Internet Protocol (IP) and aims to make it easier for the device manufacturers to develop devices that are compatible with smart home and voice services such as Apple’s Siri, Google’s Assistant, Amazon’s Alexa etc. Smart home devices include things such as lighting and electrical, HVAC controls, access control, safety and security, window coverings, TVs, access points to name a few examples.

The project expects to use contributions from market-tested smart home technologies from Amazon, Apple, Google, ZigBee Alliance, and other companies as it will help to maximise the development of the protocol. This will also help in providing benefits to manufacturers and consumers much quicker and encourage device manufactures to continue innovating using technologies still available today.

HOW CAN THE ZIGBEE ALLIANCE BENEFIT THE END CONSUMER?

Upon the shared belief that smart home devices should be reliable, secure, and easy to use, the project intends to achieve communication across smart home devices, cloud services, and mobile apps to define a specific set of IP-based networking technologies for device certification. Therefore, below we convey how ZigBee Alliance can benefit the end consumer:

  • Improved customer experience: the project, Connected Home over IP, will help to improve consumer experience as it will enable any purchased smart home devices to work in their home. This enable consumers to be able to setup and manage the device easier and efficiently with the preferred system making consumers confident in what they buy
  • Monitoring and controlling your home: ZigBee enables consumers to control and monitor the home in the way they preferably want. It also allows the consumer to be easily notified with devices that alert you of anything of concern such as intruders, smoke, carbon monoxide. It would also allow consumers to be able to turn lights on and off by using the device as it enables automation helping consumers become more efficient
  • Greener homes: consumers will be able to reduce energy consumption in their homes due to being able to monitor, mange, control, and automate the use of energy and water helping consumers to save money, monitor their energy levels, and create a greener home
  • Low power usage: ZigBee Alliance uses green power which provides a lower power solution for devices that need to be battery less or very low-power usage and therefore consumers will not have to worry about high battery consumption

HOW CAN THE ZIGBEE ALLIANCE BENEFIT COMPANIES?

  • Easier for developers to build: the project aims to make it easier for developers to build a device that is compatible with smart home services. This could include a proposed standard for lifecycle events like error recovery, removal, provisioning/onboarding, and software updates
  • Speed up product development: due to developing an open source project combining the creation of the specification means that architecture can be prototyped and tested in real world use cases. As well as, adopters being able to use the same code at the end of the process to speed up the product development
  • Improved communication: in traditional hub systems devices communicate to a central controller whereas ZigBee products operate mesh networking technology. This allows devices to communicate with one another and if a relay device or node should not work, then the devices will be able to communicate with another relay device, without disturbing the service as a whole

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