ZigBee 3.0 Creates Single Open, Global Wireless Standard for Devices

The ZigBee® Alliance, a non-profit association of organizations creating open, global standards that define the Internet of Things for use in consumer, commercial and industrial applications, announced the unification of its market-leading wireless standards to a single standard named ZigBee 3.0. This standard will provide interoperability among the widest range of smart devices and give consumers and businesses access to innovative products and services that will work together seamlessly to enhance everyday life.

Why ZigBee 3.0?

ZigBee 3.0 simplifies the choice for developers creating Internet of Things products and services. It delivers all the features of ZigBee while unifying the ZigBee application standards found in tens of millions of devices delivering benefits to consumers today. ZigBee 3.0 standard enables communication and interoperability among devices for smart homes, connected lighting, and other markets so more diverse, fully interoperable solutions can be delivered by product developers and service providers.

ZigBee 3.0 defines more than 130 devices and the widest range of devices types including home automation, lighting, energy management, smart appliance, security, sensors, and health care monitoring products. It supports both easy-to-use DIY installations as well as professionally installed systems. All current device types, commands, and functionality defined in current ZigBee PRO-based standards are available in the ZigBee 3.0.

Based on IEEE 802.15.4, which operates at 2.4 GHz (a frequency available for use around the world), ZigBee 3.0 uses ZigBee PRO networking to enable reliable communication in the smallest, lowest-power devices. Current ZigBee Certified products based on ZigBee Home Automation and ZigBee Light Link are interoperable with ZigBee 3.0. A complete list of standards that have been merged to create ZigBee 3.0 can be seen on the website at www.ZigBee.org.

Network Level Standardization

ZigBee 3.0 is based on IEEE 802.15.4, which operates at 2.4 GHz (a frequency available for use around the world) and uses ZigBee PRO networking to enable reliable communication in the smallest, lowest-power devices.

  • ZigBee is reliable and robust and uses multi-hop mesh networking to eliminate single points of failure and expand the reach of networks.
  • ZigBee is low-power allowing battery-operated devices such as door and widow sensors to operate for seven years. With the Green Power feature, you don’t need any batteries!
  • ZigBee is scalable and supports networks of thousands of nodes providing a networking for the smart home or the smart city.
  • ZigBee is secure and uses a variety of security mechanisms such as AES-128 encryption, device and network keys and frame counters.
  • ZigBee is global and is built on 2.4 GHz which is available for unlicensed use anywhere around the world. This means a product developer can sell the same product anywhere on the planet.

Application Level Standardization

The ZigBee Alliance has always believed that true interoperability comes from standardization at all levels of the network, especially the application level which most closely touches the user. So, everything from joining a network to device operations like on and off are defined so devices from different vendors can work together seamlessly.

ZigBee 3.0

 

ZigBee 3.0 is currently undergoing testing, many Alliance members have been actively involved in the development and testing process.

For more information about the benefits and features of ZigBee 3.0, please visit www.ZigBee.org.