ZigBee, the IoT, and Global Growth

Tobin Richardson,President and 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; theyre 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.

ZigBee 3.0The IoT and the Past
With all the excitement over the growth of the IoT came a flurry of solutions working frantically to provide consumers with the most intuitive, interoperable wireless network possible. Unfortunately, this led to a fragmented and confused industry, with many companies eager to deliver finished products to a primed market but unsure which standard to choose. Some opted to choose one standard, some chose multiple, and others created their own proprietary solutions to cope with new standards announcing their inception seemingly every month.

This natural course of events, while inevitable, is not the final outcome of the industry. There is no need to wrestle with confusion, to certify products with multiple wireless networking standards in the hope that one will win out. The ZigBee Alliance has been developing IoT standards and certifying interoperable products for more than a decade, and the rise of the IoT has been built on the solid foundation of global, open, established ZigBee standards developed and supported by hundreds of member companies.

The IoT and the Present
ZigBee 3.0, the most anticipated initiative of the IoT industry, is the combination of multiple ZigBee PRO application profiles that have been developed and strengthened over the past twelve years. ZigBee 3.0 enables communication and interoperability between devices for a wide variety of IoT markets, and the hundreds of member companies that compose the ZigBee Alliance have been eager to certify their products with this standard. No other wireless network for the IoT offers a comparable open, global, interoperable solution.

ZigBee, the IoT, and the Future
Recently, ON World reported that annual shipments of IEEE 802.15.4 chipsets nearly doubled in the last year, and they have predicted that these shipments will increase by 550 percent over the next five years. They also predict that ZigBee standards will be used in eight out of 10 of these units by 2020. This is the latest in a series of reports that forecast the dramatic growth of ZigBee Certified products in the next few years. As the percentage of IoT products certified with ZigBee standards increases, the industry will begin to experience a more reliable, stable IoT. By extension, this rise of a unified IoT will deliver on the promise of consumer-friendly solutions, providing a more accessible market to consumers, and finally unleashing the full innovative power of the industry.

This world of interoperable products is well on its way; right now hundreds of ZigBee Alliance member companies are working to shape the future of ZigBee standards. So join us, and you too can certify your products with the most widely used wireless networking IoT standard in the world.

Tobin Richardson,President and CEO
Tobin serves as President and CEO of the ZigBee Alliance, leading the Alliances efforts to develop and promote world-leading open, global IoT standards. In this role, he works closely with the Alliance Board of Directors to set strategy and to advance the adoption of ZigBee standards around the globe.

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