Having established itself as the guardian of open, global standards for the Internet of Things (IoT), the Zigbee Alliance is turning its sights on promoting the standard in commercial markets. To that end, the Alliance has formed a team within its Project Connected Home over IP initiative to develop and promote the adoption of a new, royalty-free connectivity standard, which it hopes will simplify development for manufacturers and increase compatibility for customers and consumers.
The standard is targeting devices across the IoT spectrum in categories such as lighting and electrical, HVAC controls, access control, safety and security, window coverings/shades, TVs, access points, bridges, and others. It’s meant to address many of the needs of the high-growth commercial buildings category, where the installed base of connected devices is expected to grow from 1.7 billion in 2020 to nearly 3 billion by 2025.
From multi-tenant residential buildings, offices, and hotels; to supermarkets, warehouses and retail malls, many smart-home use cases that the Project will address at launch also have wide applicability across the commercial landscape. The standard is well-suited to commercial applications as it is being built on market-proven solutions and best practices from major technologies to ensure secure, scalable architectures. Of particular importance, the Project is based on an IP networking foundation, which enables the reuse of flexible and familiar connectivity options.
To ensure commercial implementers can make the best use of the initiative, to date more than 50 companies with commercial-focused offerings, including Allegion, DSP Group, DSR Corporation, Latch, Legrand, MMB Networks, Nordic Semiconductor, NXP Semiconductors, OSRAM, Qorvo, Schneider Electric, Signify, Silicon Labs, Somfy, and ubisys, have aligned to form the Project’s Commercial Strategy Group. With a charter to support development and promote the use of the standard within the commercial industry, this team will:
- Clarify the commercial use cases that can readily be supported by the Project’s initial specification;
- Define the new features required for additional commercial use cases;
- Facilitate conversation and collaboration among members to strengthen use and adoption of IP-based connectivity standards in the commercial market globally; and
- Advocate and encourage others to join and contribute to this market-leading effort.
The recently formed Commercial Strategy Group includes global commercial leaders from various industries and geographies and continues to chart next steps to converge on IP-based connectivity within buildings and facilities. This is an open group; new members are welcome and encouraged to join, contribute, and represent their applications and markets in the important conversations happening now. Companies interested in joining this Working Group can apply for Zigbee Alliance membership here – or contact [email protected] for more information.
Zigbee Alliance, www.zigbeealliance.org