07.10.20

New Europe Interest Group launched from Zigbee Alliance

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The Zigbee Alliance has launched its new Europe Interest Group, comprised of volunteer members who have a shared focus on Alliance technologies and the European market.

The new interest group is designed to enable conversations and collaboration between members to strengthen Zigbee Alliance standards globally.

Chaired by Alliance board member and IoT architect, Ulf Axelsson of IKEA Home Smart, the Europe Interest Group will bring more of a European voice into the standards work within the Alliance. Membership is open to all Zigbee Alliance participants and promoters. 

Axelsson commented on his appointment: “I am looking forward to collaborating on new levels with fellow Alliance companies from an EU perspective and fostering more regular interaction between our members that are interested and invested in the European residential or commercial IoT markets. 

“We are creating a structure to provide better visibility into the important developments happening across the Zigbee Alliance, and our Europe Interest Group provides an efficient avenue for more two-way dialogue and information exchange between regions, countries, companies and individuals all working towards the same technology goals.”

Operating under the supervision of the Zigbee Alliance Board of Directors, the Europe Interest Group is tasked with:
• Providing input to the board regarding European technology needs and current events.
• Collecting, capturing and sharing ongoing information about EU regulation and standard to the Working Groups within the Alliance to aid in development of global, open IoT standards. 
• Sharing regular Project CHIP (Connected Home over IP) updates to EU member companies. 
• Facilitating discussions around Project CHIP interoperability across Europe while providing insight to shape future endeavours for the European landscape. 
• Coordinating and engaging with Alliance marketing teams to support EU events and speaker programmes. 

“The formation of this European-centric group will take Alliance-wide cooperation and communication to new levels, which is essential as our game-changing Project CHIP initiative comes into focus and to the market in early 2021, and we continue to drive openness and interoperability through our flagship Zigbee standards,” added Bruno Vulcano, R&D manager at Legrand and chairman of the board for the Zigbee Alliance.

“We’re fortunate to have Ulf of IKEA Home Smart leading this charge as he brings an ideal blend of technical experience, regional expertise and peer leadership to this role.”