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IoT Security: Zigbee Alliance Driving New Standards in Today’s Market

By Brad Ree
Zigbee Alliance Security Advisory Group Chair
VP of IoT Security | Verimatrix
IoT security is nothing new to the Zigbee Alliance. We continue to evolve the protocol as it is applied to new markets, or new threats have been identified. Zigbee 3.0 provides the tools to form, operate, and update a network in a secure manor. The use of install codes during network formation has been a requirement for the Smart Energy protocol for years, and now has been added to the Zigbee 3.0 protocol. The install code provides a unique joining key between the device and the coordinator, such that the network key can only be received by the joining node. Continue reading

Removing Barriers to a Connected Market

By Tobin Richardson, President and CEO
ZigBee Alliance

Companies around the globe are working out the value propositions made possible by the rapid influx of connected devices. We always knew that the data value of billions of connected devices will be impressive and useful to companies, but what companies are still figuring out is how to deliver value today to different market segments like the home consumer, commercial building, industrial and many others. I’m proud to report that the ZigBee Alliance and its members stand side-by-side in this revolutionary stage of the market, and our members’ hard work on technical development and market relevance is paving the way for both these important elements of a truly connected market. Continue reading

Navigating the Next Phase of Low-Power IoT Connectivity

By Lee Ratliff, Principal Analyst , Low Power Wireless

The past year has been an eventful one for the ZigBee standard and ecosystem. The ZigBee Alliance announced major cooperative agreements with competitive standards, EnOcean and Thread. The ZigBee 3.0 revision of the standard was ratified. The Alliance made a major push into the China market, launching a member group on China and adding a number of Chinese companies to the membership, including the addition of Wulian and Midea Group to the Board of Directors. Finally, the ZigBee Alliance announced JupiterMesh, a sub-GHz Neighborhood Area Network (NAN) based on 802.15.4g and aimed at industrial IoT applications including smart meter data backhaul. Continue reading

ZigBee 3.0: The Foundation for the Internet of Things: Launched and Open for Certifications

By Mark Walters, VP of Strategic Development
ZigBee Alliance

ZigBee 3.0 is the unification of the Alliance’s market-leading wireless standards into a single solution for all vertical markets and applications. The solution provides seamless interoperability among the widest range of smart devices and gives consumers and businesses access to innovative products and services that work together to enhance everyday life. Continue reading

Leading the Way with Interoperable Products

By Victor Berrios, VP of Technology
ZigBee Alliance

The ZigBee Certified Program has delivered to the marketplace over 1,600 certified devices since its inception. With the completion of the ZigBee 3.0 Standard and the opening of the certification program for ZigBee 3.0 products, the ZigBee Certified Program is evolving as the guardian of not just compliance but also interoperability. Continue reading

ZigBee, the IoT and Global Growth

By Tobin Richardson, President & CEO | ZigBee Alliance

Just as multitudes of analysts have predicted, the Internet of Things (IoT) has arrived, a vision that has long been the dream of technology enthusiasts everywhere. Businesses and consumers alike are quickly noticing; they’re checking out the hundreds of products that claim to be “smart,” made for homes, businesses, retailers, utilities, agriculture – the list goes on. The world is preparing for a new reality, a futuristic, intelligent environment that improves the comfort, convenience, and security of everyday life. Continue reading

A Year of Change for ZigBee

By Lee Ratliff, Principal Analyst, Low Power Wireless | IHS

The ZigBee standard is just over 10 years old this year, but it’s quite possible that 2015 will turn out to be among the most pivotal years for the technology. That’s because the rest of the world is finally catching up to the vision that was outlined by ZigBee’s supporters back in 2004 and 2005. Technology, economics, and consumer acceptance have finally begun to align, making many applications within the Internet of Things (IoT) practical for the first time. A host of “smart” applications have begun to take shape in mainstream markets – smart homes, smart cities, smart industry, smart grid, smart cars and many others. Continue reading