ZigBee 3.0 promises interoperable, self-powered IoT
The ZigBee Alliance said it will work with the EnOcean Alliance, which includes more than 100 companies and organizations, that has formed around EnOcean GmbH, a supplier of self-powered modules and transmitters that make use of energy harvesting for building and lighting control.
ZigBee is a mesh protocol that provides low-power wireless networking on unlicensed sub-gigahertz spectrum and at 2.4-GHz. Version 3.0, which has just been ratified, unifies previous application-specific device descriptions, behaviors, and profiles into a common applications layer that supports IoT for smart homes buildings and neighborhoods.
The two alliances will form a task force to define the technical specifications required to combine standardized EnOcean Equipment Profiles (EEPs) with ZigBee 3.0, which operates in the worldwide IEEE 802.15.4 2.4GHz standard. This definition of this technical specification is due to be completed in 2Q16 and to be announced along with associated collaborative marketing and business activities.
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