ZigBee Alliance Names New Executive Board Members

Musa Unmehopa ZigBee Alliance Vice Chair 2016

The ZigBee Alliance, a non-profit association of companies focused on global standards for the low-power wireless Internet of Things (IoT), has added two vice chairmen to its executive committee.

Musa Unmehopa (pictured), Philips Lighting’s Director of Intellectual Property Standards, moves from Board Secretary and Treasurer to his new role as Vice Chairman, and Board Member Jean-Pierre Desbenoit, Schneider Electric’s ICT Standardization and Industry Relations Director of Global Strategy, has been elected as a ZigBee Alliance Vice Chairman.

Joining the leadership team is SmartThings Principal Research Engineer Michael Koster as Secretary, succeeding Musa Unmehopa after his move to Vice Chairman, and Dee Denteneer, Director of Standards at Philips Lighting, as Treasurer.

Continuing in leadership roles are Hans Dollee (NXP Semiconductors Senior Director of Technology Partnerships) and Bruno Vulcano (Legrand Group Electronic & Software Radio – VDI Department Manager).

 In addition the Board changes and additions, ZigBee Alliance passed an important milestone in February with 1,500 certified products from more than 200 manufacturers using ZigBee Alliance-developed standards – spanning applications for the smart home, smart building and smart city and in use across continents, in space and under the oceans.  

This February, members also gathered from around the world to attend the Alliance’s 2016 Winter Summit and U.S. member meeting in Silicon Valley, Calif. Participants completed numerous technical and marketing sessions, and shared developments on new initiatives including the ZigBee 3.0 solution and the ZigBee Alliance’s Common Applications Library that consolidates the previously market-specific ZigBee profiles into a single, comprehensive offering. 

The meeting was also host to representatives from the EnOcean Alliance and Thread Group who reported on collaborative work with the ZigBee Alliance aimed at unifying the IoT. Members also heard from Deloitte Consulting’s industry leader Brett Bonthron who shared insights about the IoT ecosystem and the future of mobility, and IHS principal analyst Lee Ratliff who spoke about connectivity in the smart home and how to pick winners in the rapidly evolving IoT market.

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