NEWS: ZigBee Alliance to increase focus on EuropeThe ZigBee Alliance is to expand its participation in the European Union's various standardization efforts and will set up a European headquarters to help with this effort.
It will focus on the EU's Smart Grid programs and on meeting the needs of the EU implementation of ZigBee Smart Energy in the Home Area Network (HAN).
At present more than 90 European-based organizations from 19 different European countries are involved in the alliance, representing 27 percent of membership.
The European HQ will be tasked with ensuring that ZigBee standards meet the needs of the European standards organizations. It will also enable these participating organizations to more effectively understand, and respond to, the changing needs of the EU market.
Bob Heile, chairman of the ZigBee Alliance said, "We believe that deeper and broader collaboration will allow ZigBee Smart Energy to emerge as the best wireless HAN choice for European Smart Grid standardization."
The ZigBee Alliance already has agreements with the European Smart Metering Industry Group (ESMIG) and Device Language Message Specification (DLMS) User Association. The group's European HQ will also support European standards organizations in their work to develop plans to create market-ready solutions and the evolving EU M441 mandate. ZigBee Smart Energy enables wireless communication between energy service providers, utilities and common household devices such as smart thermostats and appliances. It improves energy efficiency by allowing consumers to choose interoperable energy saving products from different manufacturers and link them together, giving the consumer the means to manage their energy consumption more precisely using automation and near real-time information.