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ZigBee Creates Design Standard for Manufacturers

ZigBee Home Automation is Alliances first interoperable public application profile.

San Ramon, CA–The ZigBee Alliance, a group of companies creating wireless solutions for use in consumer, commercial building, and utility applications, has completed the ZigBee Home Automation (HA) public application profile, which offers manufacturers a standards-based approach to introducing new wireless home automation products globally, eliminating the need for proprietary technology.

HA is designed to allow reliable and interoperable home automation applications to be developed.

The Alliance is also making publicly available its ZigBee Cluster Library (ZCL) that provides engineers with the building blocks for applications with common needs, reducing development effort and permitting leaner implementations tailored to their applications.

Control4 chose ZigBee as the wireless control technology for our vision of the smart home. ZigBee is ideal because it is a standards-based technology with worldwide approval, said Will West, CEO of Control4. We and our ecosystem partners will continue to introduce new products based on ZigBee with the assurance of compatibility.

ZigBee reliability and scalability is popular with members, such as Colorado vNet, who are already producing products for the market.

Colorado vNet chose ZigBee for our Wireless Lighting and Control System because we were confident it provided the reliability and scalability our customers demand and expect from us, added Colorado vNet CEO Bill Beierwaltes. Since its standards-based, ZigBee allowed us to easily adapt the technology of our wired system into a wireless solution. Moving forward, the HA profile offers the ability to communicate with a wide variety of ZigBee-based devices.

Any manufacturer building devices using HA on a ZigBee Compliant Platform can submit its products for ZigBee Certified Product status and earn the right to wear the ZigBee logo. All ZigBee Certified Products undergo rigorous certification processes administered by respected, independent laboratories; ensuring products meet standards. Importantly, the program allows customers of all types to buy with confidence.