ZigBee Alliance Ratifies ZigBee 3.0 Standard


The ZigBee Alliance has announced ratification of ZigBee 3.0, which builds on and unifies ZigBee standards.

ZigBee 3.0 ratification opens the door to a new era of improved communication and interoperability between products used in applications ranging from connected home, intelligent buildings and smart cities to connected lighting, energy efficiency and other applications.

“Last December we shared our vision for a unifying IoT standard that would make it easier to develop and market interoperable products and solutions, unlock growth opportunities, and fuel innovation to enable surprising new capabilities in the home, workplace and cities,” said Tobin Richardson, President and CEO of the ZigBee Alliance.  “After a year of member testing and development, we now announce a significant step in fulfilling this vision with the ratification of ZigBee 3.0.  This – along with finalization of our Common Applications Library – is a major milestone that we believe will help propel the IoT past infancy to mainstream market opportunities that can only be realized with future-proofed products that are easy to build and deploy, and that deliver compelling benefits across many different applications.”

Helping to lead the standards groups to collaborate with the ZigBee Alliance on fulfilling this vision for the IoT is the EnOcean Alliance.  The two groups will work together to combine the benefits of EnOcean Equipment Profiles (EEPs) already widely adopted in the sub-one GHz frequency with the newly ratified ZigBee 3.0 solution in the worldwide 2.4 GHz frequency band. ZigBee 3.0 ratification is the first major step in a number of planned 2016 initiatives that will be focused on further simplifying IoT product development and deployment, reducing industry confusion through the availability of a consolidated set of open application device definitions, and helping members bring the benefits and capabilities of connected IoT devices to a significantly broader range of applications and markets.