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IoT leaders join Zigbee Alliance’s IP working group


November 18, 2020
By SP&T Staff

The Zigbee Alliance announced a movement within the Project Connected Home over IP initiative, forming a team dedicated to the development and promotion of the standard for commercial markets.

Offering compelling value across the IoT landscape, the standard is targeting devices in categories such as lighting and electrical, HVAC controls, access control, safety and security, window coverings/shades, TVs, access points, bridges, and others; addressing many of the needs of the high-growth commercial buildings category, where the install base of connected devices is expected to grow from 1.7 billion in 2020 to nearly 3 billion by 2025.

“In today’s changing world, an IP infrastructure is the necessary backbone for any network to enable companies to leverage a digital architecture and connect their IoT-enabled devices,” said Manish Kumar, senior vice-president of the Digital Buildings Business, Schneider Electric, in a prepared statement. “Companies will be able to easily build and add Project-based devices to their existing networks in a way that is IT-compliant with the current architecture and management infrastructure.”

With a charter to support development and promote the use of the standard within the commercial industry, this team will:

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  • Clarify the commercial use cases that can readily be supported by the Project’s initial specification;
  • Define the new features required for additional commercial use cases;
  • Facilitate conversation and collaboration among members to strengthen use and adoption of IP-based connectivity standards in the commercial market globally; and
  • Advocate and encourage others to join and contribute to this market-leading effort.
  • “The industry is constantly investing in new technologies to achieve interoperability and offer an augmented use case experience to customers and tenants within commercial buildings,” said Murat Eti, Vice President Strategy and Future Technologies, Legrand. “The Project will help drive the development and growth of a large, multi-vendor device catalogue that commercial solutions providers can tap into to drive value and efficiencies across both residential and commercial environments.”