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Zigbee leads in smart connectivity

Zigbee standards include Smart Energy for interoperable products that monitor, control, inform and automate the delivery of electricity, gas and water

The Alliance has qualified thousands of smart product types that are part of its ecosystem
The Alliance has qualified thousands of smart product types that are part of its ecosystem

Zigbee is the leading Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity technology for the smart home, according to findings from market research firm, ON World. Its analysts estimate that Zigbee Alliance technologies will account for 3.8 billion (85 per cent) of the 4.5 billion IEEE 802.15.4 units projected to ship by 2023.


The Zigbee Alliance comprises hundreds of companies creating, maintaining, and delivering open, global standards for the Internet of Things (IoT). The ON World research confirms that half a billion Zigbee chipsets have been sold to date.

“ON World has closely followed the IEEE 802.15.4 category for the past 15 years and has tracked Zigbee technology since before its flagship specification was ratified in December 2004,” said Mareca Hatler, principal analyst at ON World.



She added: “Since then, our team has conducted extensive, year-round primary research on wireless sensing, tracking and control in dozens of ecosystems – interviewing and surveying thousands of companies of all sizes across the entire value chain. Our findings indicate Zigbee leads the wireless mesh sensor network market and will continue to do so.”


Key points and projections from the report include:

  • half a billion Zigbee chips have been sold to date;
  • by 2023, one billion Zigbee chips will ship annually worldwide;
  • by 2023, 4.5 billion cumulative IEEE 802.15.4 mesh devices will be sold worldwide – and 85 per cent of those will use Zigbee Alliance standards;
  • today, Zigbee makes up more than one-third of the smart home wireless sensor network (WSN) chipset market;
  • Zigbee is the leading IoT connectivity technology for the smart home.

“ON World’s projections validate the success we’ve been experiencing behind the scenes as we work with hundreds of innovative companies and developers to design and market Zigbee-based mesh products,” said Katie Gengler for the Zigbee Alliance.


“2018 is already on track for a record year for Zigbee certifications, and to date the Alliance has qualified thousands of different smart product types that are part of today’s most popular and thriving IoT ecosystems, including those from Amazon, Comcast, Huawei, IKEA, Schneider Electric, Signify Lighting (formerly Philips Lighting), SOMFY and Samsung SmartThings.”


Flagship Zigbee Alliance technologies shaping the future of the IoT market include:


Zigbee 3.0: Zigbee is the only complete, open IoT solution, from mesh network to the universal language that allows smart objects to work together. It’s built on the Zigbee Pro networking stack and adds security layers so manufacturers can build full-stack, low-power, interoperable IoT devices, certified by the Zigbee Alliance, and backed by a global ecosystem of platforms, products and support.


Dotdot: already at the heart of Zigbee devices, Dotdot is the critical component in the wireless networking stack responsible for providing a universal application layer that makes it possible for different IoT devices to speak the same ‘language’ whether running over Zigbee, Thread, IP, or other networks. Dotdot enables smart objects to seamlessly and securely connect to each other across a wireless network, and expands possibilities for both developers and users as they look to build out ecosystems and explore the Internet of Things.


Smart Energy by the Zigbee Alliance: Smart Energy is the world’s leading standard for interoperable products that monitor, control, inform, and automate the delivery and use of electricity, gas and water. Developed with the expertise of hundreds of industry technical and business leaders, the Smart Energy standard and certification programme ensures Smart Energy products will deliver robust wireless networking performance and interoperability. There are more than 700 existing Smart Energy Certified products, along with a large network of suppliers to support a healthy market of products to choose from.


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