The ZigBee Alliance has ratified the first ZigBee specification making the
development and deployment of extremely power efficient, cost effective, low
data rate monitoring, control and sensing networks a reality. This on-time
delivery of the specification is the culmination of two years of worldwide
development and interoperability testing by the more than 100 member companies
within the ZigBee Alliance.
The ZigBee Alliance is an association of companies
working together to enable reliable, costeffective, low-power, wirelessly
networked, monitoring and control products based on an open global standard. The
ZigBee Alliance is a rapidly growing, non-profit industry consortium of leading
semiconductor manufacturers, technology providers, OEMs and end-users worldwide.
For those members that have already announced ZigBee-ready technology,
the ratification of the specification enables them to quickly enhance their
products and begin testing to obtain ZigBeecompliant certification. All
Alliance members have complete and exclusive access to the final
specification and will continue to participate in ongoing interoperability
testing to verify that their products are ZigBee-compliant.
announcement of the ZigBee specification is a major milestone in wireless
networking," said Andrew Wale, vice president of Business Development,
Advance Transformer Company, A Division of Philips Electronics North America
Corporation. "ZigBee is poised to become the leading wireless technology for
a myriad of uses ranging from building automation to industrial and
residential applications. As a member of the Alliance, we have been
following closely the development and ratification of the specification and
look forward to bringing innovative new products to consumers using the
ZigBee technology." Now that the ZigBee specification has been ratified, the
Alliance will continue to validate the specification through expanded
interoperability and scalability tests and future enhancements.
Alliance will actively promote the use of ZigBee-enabled technology in
real-world applications to foster new, creative applications for the market,
as well as to facilitate the broad market adoption of the ZigBee standard
around the world. "The adoption of the ZigBee specification gives member
companies the opportunity to capitalize on this innovative technology for
monitoring, sensing and control applications in residential and commercial
environments," said Bob Heile, chairman of the ZigBee Alliance. "We are
excited to reach such a significant milestone in the development of the
global ZigBee specification. Given the number of ZigBee-ready products
announced in 2004, we anticipate seeing ZigBee-compliant consumer products
as soon as early-2005."
ZigBee is the only standards-based technology
designed to address the unique needs of lowcost, low-power, wireless sensor
networks for remote monitoring, home control, and building automation
network applications in the industrial and consumer markets.
And again I ask myself how many different short-range wireless standards we
need and even more important - how many different profiles will these standards
If you take Bluetooth - which I really like - and all its different profiles, it
makes it hard for the consumer to understand if he can use two Bluetooth enabled
devices together. In future you will also have ZigBee plus Wi-Fi based W-LAN and
you will lose the overview which device is interoperable with which standard.
To be honest - I'm not a big fan of the ZigBee idea and would like to see a
better profile integration into Bluetooth.
Cheers ~ Arne
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