Zigbee Alliance enhances Green Power programme

The Zigbee Alliance has introduced new branding and certification measures for its existing Green Power feature to save time, money and energy for smart home and building installations.

The Green Power programme is based on energy-harvesting technology and is part of the flagship Zigbee PRO standard. 

The new brand treatment is designed to easily identify reliable, cost-saving products utilising Zigbee technology and recognises IoT devices featuring Green Power to save time, budget, and energy when it comes to wireless lighting for big installations. 

The updated certification process provides refined guidelines around the use of the new Green Power logo, which is now a required mark on all Green Power certified devices. 

Designed for both residential and commercial installs, Green Power is a battery-less feature for smart networks cast across a variety of facilities, offering integrators a reliable and proven open industry solution based on the Zigbee PRO network specification.

“Green Power is a great feature of the Zigbee standard,” said Jean-Pierre Desbenoit, senior IoT standardisation expert, Schneider Electric and vice chairman of the board for the Zigbee Alliance.

“This new logo allows our customers to easily identify and purchase Green Power devices for integrating them seamlessly with their Zigbee system. Interoperability is the cornerstone of our smart devices and this new logo reinforces that.”

Bruno Vulcano, R&D manager, Legrand and vice chairman of the Zigbee Alliance board of directors, added: “We utilise Green Power in our switches and sensors to ensure that the products we put on the market are adaptable and long-lasting in smart commercial and residential spaces. 

“This new logo will allow our end customers to easily differentiate which products they want to use and continue to allow for widespread interoperability in smart spaces.”

In addition to being energy-harvesting, Green Power has a number of other benefits, including having few or no batteries, which in turn saves on maintenance costs by reducing the need to replace batteries regularly. 

The Green Power feature also provides major ecological savings by leveraging energy-harvesting to draw on sources such as motion, light, and vibration to operate low-power IoT devices. 

“Our Green Power initiative is a collaboration led by Zigbee Alliance members based around the world, and together they’re driving this important feature through the organisation, across various product lines, and into massive wireless deployments for the good of the earth and the convenience of those using Zigbee technologies,” said Tobin Richardson, president and CEO of Zigbee Alliance.

“We’re excited to launch this new Green Power initiative so members can utilise a dedicated logo and more robust certification process to clearly designate and qualify devices that support this differentiating Eco-friendly, battery-less feature.”