Continual growth in ZigBee Certified products signals increased demand and success
The ZigBee Alliance, a global ecosystem of companies creating wireless solutions for use in energy management, commercial and consumer applications, has announced that there are now more than 500 ZigBee Certified products available to the market, a 60 percent surge since August 2011, demonstrating a robust ecosystem responding to rapidly rising market demand.
Sparked by early market success with ZigBee Home Automation and ZigBee Smart Energy, ZigBee standards play a role in products developed by more than 350 global manufacturers representing annual revenues exceeding $1 trillion, according to a 2010 report from ONWorld. A new report issued by ABI Research last week shows ZigBee is the most widely-used IEEE 802.15.4 technology, accounting for 40 percent of total shipments in 2012 and growing to over 50 percent by 2015.
“The accelerating growth of ZigBee Certified product availability is a clear indicator of how effectively the ZigBee Standards Family is addressing the market needs for smart and energy efficient wireless sensor networks and the expanding Internet of Things” said Bob Heile, chairman of the ZigBee Alliance. “Our members clearly see the benefits of the ZigBee Certified program in delivering value to their customers and in marketing their products.”
The ZigBee Certified program ensures that products built using ZigBee Standards function as expected and products from different manufacturers interoperate with each other. The certification of products is also a critical part of the Alliance’s standards development process. Unlike other standards organizations, the testing and certification of products is required before any ZigBee standard is released for use. There are three ZigBee Authorized independent test services providers National Technical Systems, TUV Rheinland Group and TRaC Global. The ZigBee Certified process allows manufacturers to deliver a variety of products to customers of all types who can benefit from the simplicity of ZigBee control. To learn more about the ZigBee Certified program, visit: http://zigbee.org/Products/ZigBeeCertifiedProgram.aspx.
The now 500-strong ZigBee Certified products list represents products using seven ZigBee standards: ZigBee Building Automation, ZigBee Health Care, ZigBee Home Automation, ZigBee Input Device, ZigBee Light Link, ZigBee Remote Control, and ZigBee Smart Energy.
ZigBee Compliant Platforms – At the heart of every ZigBee Certified product is a platform, and every platform is carefully tested for ZigBee specification compliance. Today, 135 platforms are ZigBee Certified, ensuring a solid supply chain with solutions from many manufacturers for products of all types.
ZigBee Smart Energy – This global industry leader provides tools for monitoring, controlling and automating the delivery and smart use of energy and water to help consumers live a more efficient and greener lifestyle. There are 246 ZigBee Certified products are available today and include a range of products covering energy service portals, meters, displays, programmable communicating thermostats and smart plugs.
ZigBee Home Automation – With 66 ZigBee Certified products providing easy-to-use control, consumers, do-it-yourself and professional installers have many product choices when creating smart homes. Smart homes give consumers more control of home appliances, lighting, security, heating and cooling systems, allowing them to use less energy while creating more comfortable and convenient homes.
ZigBee Light Link – This new standard designed for interoperable, easy-to-use lighting products offering control via your smartphone, tablet or remote control. There are already 12 ZigBee Certified products including remote controls, dimmers, color controls.
To see a full list of ZigBee Certified products, visit: http://zigbee.org/Products/Overview.aspx.