Products running ZigBee’s language on Thread Group networks to be showcased at CES 2017
The ZigBee Alliance, an association of companies creating, maintaining and delivering open, global standards for the low-power wireless Internet of Things (IoT), and the Thread Group, an organization focused on making Thread the foundation for IoT, have announced that multiple members of both organizations have demonstrated prototypes that run the ZigBee Alliance’s universal language for smart devices on Thread networks.
The companies says the demonstrations, shown privately at the Thread Group’s members meeting in November, are a “key milestone” in their liaison agreement, and highlight “accelerating momentum” behind connected products that will interoperate over Thread IP networks using the ZigBee language.
“That we have so quickly reached the technology demonstration stage, with many product, silicon and solutions providers participating, is clear evidence that market demand is driving interoperable IP-based technologies,” said Grant Erickson, president of the Thread Group. “Our members are working hard to meet this demand, and as a result of their early investments, their product development cycles are well underway.”
The Thread Group and the ZigBee Alliance have worked to coordinate their roadmaps for specifications, branding guidelines, and test and certification programs for smart products speaking the ZigBee language that run on Thread’s IP-based networks. The Thread 1.1 specification is currently available to members, and the ZigBee Alliance will announce details at CES (the global consumer electronics and consumer technology tradeshow next month) for their solution that enables their universal application language to run over Thread. This will be followed by completion and launch of their test, certification and branding programs. In addition, the organizations say they will collaborate to enable concurrent certification to simplify the process for product vendors that want to leverage both technologies.