ZigBee Alliance finalizes specification toward a global interoperable standard

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he ZigBee Alliance has ratified the first ZigBee specification for the development and deployment of low data rate monitoring, control and sensing networks for remote monitoring, control, and building automation applications in the industrial and consumer markets. This on-time delivery of the specification is the culmination of two years of worldwide development and interoperability testing by the more than 100 member companies of the ZigBee Alliance.

For those members that have already announced ZigBee-ready technology, the ratification of the specification enables them to enhance their products and begin testing to obtain ZigBee-compliant certification. All Alliance members have complete and exclusive access to the final specification and will continue to participate in ongoing interoperability testing to verify ZigBee compliance.

"The announcement of the ZigBee specification is a major milestone in wireless networking," said Andrew Wale, vice president of Business Development, Advance Transformer Company, A Division of Philips Electronics North America Corporation. "ZigBee is poised to become the leading wireless technology for a myriad of uses ranging from building automation to industrial and residential applications. As a member of the Alliance, we have been following closely the development and ratification of the specification and look forward to bringing innovative new products to consumers using the ZigBee technology."

Now that the ZigBee specification has been ratified, the Alliance will continue to validate the specification through expanded interoperability and scalability tests and future enhancements. The Alliance will actively promote the use of ZigBee-enabled technology in real-world applications to foster new, creative applications for the market, as well as to facilitate the broad market adoption of the ZigBee standard around the world.

"The adoption of the ZigBee specification gives member companies the opportunity to capitalize on this innovative technology for monitoring, sensing and control applications in residential and commercial environments," said Bob Heile, chairman of the ZigBee Alliance. "We are excited to reach such a significant milestone in the development of the global ZigBee specification. Given the number of ZigBee-ready products announced in 2004, we anticipate seeing ZigBee-compliant consumer products as soon as early 2005."

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