Nortek Security & Control Joins ZigBee Alliance, Targets MSO Smart Home, Other Emerging IoT Sectors

Nortek Security & Control LLC, a Nortek Company and leader in the security, smart home and wellness technology markets, today announces a number of strategic expansion plans in the wake of the company joining the ZigBee Alliance. The company is announcing plans to develop products that utilize the ZigBee protocol driven by projected growth and key customer demand. This strategic growth plan serves to create a larger ecosystem of compatible devices within Nortek Security & Control's smart home product lines. Full Press Release:

ZigBee Alliance Welcomes 38 New Members to Drive IoT Forward

Internet of Things Organizations from 15 Countries Flock to Support ZigBee Technology and Global Wireless Initiatives

ZigBee Alliance Leads the Way To Smarter, More Efficient Homes, Buildings and Lighting Systems at Light + Building 2016

• ZigBee Alliance will share the latest in its collaboration with EnOcean Alliance to extend benefits of self-powered energy-harvesting products and applications to the global Internet of Things (IoT) and consumer markets. • Key focus will be the ZigBee 3.0 solution and its Common Applications Library that unifies the IoT by providing one comprehensive, interoperable end-to-end solution to all vertical markets. • More than 60 ZigBee Alliance members will exhibit ZigBee-certified products, as well as Built to ZigBee 3.0 standard offerings that make it easy to develop and deploy interoperable solutions for home and building automation and lighting.

CES 16 - ILLUMRA Offers World's First ZigBee" Rocker-Style Self-Powered Wireless Light Switch

Lighting Manufacturers Can Now Provide a Physical Switch to Control Smart Light Bulbs and Lighting Systems with Battery-Free and Reliable Self-Powered Switches

CES 16 - ZigBee Alliance Creating End-to-End IoT Product Development Solution that Brings Its Industry-Leading Applications Library to Thread Group's IP Network Protocol

• Solution will expand the reach of the ZigBee Applications Library - the industry's most complete for IoT device interoperability - by adding compatibility with the Thread Group's Internet Protocol (IP) networking layer to ZigBee's comprehensive and proven set of solutions for the wireless IoT. • In partnership, the ZigBee Alliance and the Thread Group will provide a roadmap for specifications, branding, and a complete test and certification program. • Users can leverage investments in ZigBee technology, expanding their market opportunities as the Alliance continues to broaden its portfolio and drive industrywide standards unification opportunities for the IoT. • Solution will have broad industry support from multiple major suppliers backing both technology groups.

Home Automation Protocols: What Technology is Right for You?

From ElectronicHouse:  There are a wide variety of technology platforms, or protocols, on which a smart home can be built. Each one is, essentially, its own language. Each language speaks to the various connected devices and instructs them to perform a function.

Choosing a smart home protocol can be tricky business. Obviously, you want one that will support a large number of devices, as well as one that offers the best possible device interoperability (the ability for devices to talk to each other). But there are also other factors to consider, such as power consumption, bandwidth and, of course, cost.

Following is an overview of some of the most popular home technology platforms on the market. While not intended to be the “be-all, end-all” treatise on which protocol is best for your smart home project, it’s a great place to start.  Cont'd...

Atmel Achieves Golden Unit Status for BitCloud ZigBee PRO Software Development Kit

Compatible with Atmel | SMART SAM R21 and ATmega256RFR2 AVR Solutions, Golden Unit Status for Atmel BitCloud ZigBee PRO SDK Provides Enhanced Interoperability for Customers and Sets Foundation for Upcoming ZigBee 3.0 Standard Specification

The Power of ZigBee 3.0 - All about the new and improved ZigBee 3.0

ZigBee 3.0 is open, universal, and complete. It is fully interoperable with existing internet applications. It is supported by volume shipments today, with estimates ranging from 1M units per week to 1M units per day.

ZigBee Standards Will Be Used in Over 80% of 802.15.4 Unit Shipments in 2020, Says ON World

ON World's recently published report finds that annual shipments of IEEE 802.15.4 chipsets nearly doubled last year and will increase by 550% over the next five years. In 2020, ZigBee standards will be used in 8 out of 10 of the 802.15.4 unit shipments.

GreenPeak's new multi-channel chipset simultaneously supports ZigBee and Thread networks

The new GP712 for gateways and set-top boxes makes IoT solutions future-proof, at no additional cost

ZigBee and 802.15.4 Shipments to Reach 2.5 Billion by 2020, Says ON World

ON World's recently published report finds that annual shipments of IEEE 802.15.4 and ZigBee chipsets doubled last year and will reach a cumulative 2.5 billion chipset sales within the next five years. The smart home will make up over two-thirds of the IEEE 802.15.4 chipsets at this time.

Mark Walters Named New Vice President of Strategic Development for ZigBee Alliance

Working to grow adoption and awareness of ZigBee standards

Remote Controls: the essential accessory for the Smart Home ZigBee RF4CE: the mature and low cost technology of choice

GreenPeak posts new white paper for ZigBee RF4CE: what is RF4CE, why Operators prefer it for remote controls, why it is so successful in the USA and why European Smart Home Developers should use it in their devices

ZigBee Alliance and Thread Group Collaborate to Aid Development of Connected Home Products

The ZigBee Alliance (www.ZigBee.org) and the Thread Group (www.threadgroup.org) today announced they are collaborating to enable the ZigBee Cluster Library to run over Thread networks. By working together, ZigBee and Thread can jointly provide an interoperable solution to help streamline product development and ultimately improve the consumer's experience in the connected home. 

The ZigBee Cluster Library standardizes application level functionality for a wide variety of devices used in smart homes and other markets. Thread is a wireless networking protocol that can support multiple low-bandwidth, IP-based application protocols to provide secure and reliable networks, simple connectivity and low power in the home. Both organizations remain committed to their independence while cooperating to benefit their respective members. 
 
"Application level standardization is necessary to provide truly interoperable products to consumers," said Tobin Richardson, president and CEO of the ZigBee Alliance. "We believe this agreement will deliver value to product developers searching for another solution for connectivity in the smart home." 
 

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