2004 Highlighted by Tripled Membership and Worldwide Specification Ratified
San Ramon, Calif. - January 25, 2005 - The ZigBee Alliance, an association of companies working together to enable wirelessly networked monitoring and control products based on an open global standard, today announced it has tripled its membership from a year ago, adding 19 new member companies and bringing its total membership to 124 companies. New members include: Custom Manufacturing & Engineering, Inc.; ETRI; Ipcom Technologies, Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd; EnOcean GmbH; BM SpA; connectBlue AB; Fraunhofer -Gesellschaft; Itron, Inc.; Maximedia Services, Ltd.; Mindteck (India) Limited; PMC -Sierra Ltd.; Point Six Wireless; Seiko Epson Corp.; Spectra Technology Holdings, Inc.; Stonestreet One, Inc. ;Tendril Networks, Inc.; Winbond Electronics Corp.; and World Peace Group.
Among these new members include the Alliance's first South American and African member companies, expanding its presence to 24 countries across six continents. This truly global membership helped contribute to finalizing the ZigBee specification, which was announced on December 14, 2004. All Alliance members will continue to participate in further developing the ZigBee standard as well as ongoing interoperability testing.
"Our membership represents a global presence, reinforcing the strong support and market need for the ZigBee standard," said Bob Heile, chairman of the ZigBee Alliance. "2004 was a very busy year for the Alliance, ending with our greatest milestone to date - ratifying the ZigBee specification. We expect to see member companies begin shipping ZigBee -compliant products in 2005. Additionally, in 2005 Alliance members will continue testing to ensure all ZigBee -certified products are interoperable throughout residential and commercial applications."
Numerous applications of the ZigBee technology will be showcased at the next ZigBee Open House on March 2nd in San Francisco. Online registration and information are available at http://www.zigbee.org/en/events/membermeetingfeb2005.asp. ZigBee is the only standards -based technology designed to address the unique needs of low -cost, low -power, wireless sensor networks for remote monitoring, home control, and building automation network applications in the industrial and consumer markets. Companies who want to have input on developing the ZigBee specification and create ZigBee products can join by visiting http://www.zigbee.org/join/.
ZigBee: Wireless Control That Simply Works
The ZigBee Alliance is an association of companies working together to enable reliable, cost -effective, 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. Membership is open to all. Additional information can be found at www.zigbee.org.