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ZigBee incorporating Internet Engineering Task Force standards


April 27, 2009
By Anthony Capkun

April 27, 2009

The ZigBee Alliance will incorporate global IT standards from the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) into its specification portfolio of low-power wireless networking standards. This move will expand the portfolio of ZigBee specs, says the alliance, and advance the growth of Smart Grid applications that have adopted the ZigBee Smart Energy public application profile.

By incorporating IETF standards, ZigBee Smart Energy products will
enhance their application capabilities with native IP support, allowing
seamless integration of Internet connectivity into each product, says
ZigBee. Alliance members will benefit from the knowledge and experience
contained in IETF standards for large-scale network addressability,
security and IT integration, further building on existing expertise
from developing the world’s leading technologies in the area of
reliable, low-cost wireless sensor and control networks.

Through cooperative efforts with IETF, ZigBee members will create
additional solutions for wireless sensor and control networks as part
of the new spec. Internet connectivity is currently provided by
existing ZigBee specifications; however, the addition of native IP
support will offer tighter integration from wireless devices all the
way to large-scale utility IT networks. The resulting specification
will broaden ZigBee’s suite of low-power wireless network solutions to
meet the needs of companies in the home, automation, healthcare,
commercial building automation, telecom and consumer markets.

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