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ZigBee Alliance Ratifies Specification
Dec 14, 2004
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The ZigBee(TM) Alliance has ratified the first ZigBee specification making the development and deployment of the wireless technology a reality. The specification is the culmination of 2 years of worldwide development and interoperability testing by the more than 100 member companies of the ZigBee Alliance.

For those members that have already announced ZigBee-ready technology, the Alliance says ratification of the specification enables them to quickly enhance their products and begin testing to obtain ZigBee-compliant certification. All Alliance members have complete and exclusive access to the final specification and will continue to participate in ongoing interoperability testing to verify that their products are ZigBee compliant.

"The announcement of the ZigBee specification is a major milestone in wireless networking," said Andrew Wale, vice president of Business Development, Advance Transformer Company, a division of Philips Electronics North America Corporation. "ZigBee is poised to become the leading wireless technology for a myriad of uses ranging from building automation to industrial and residential applications. As a member of the Alliance, we have been following closely the development and ratification of the specification and look forward to bringing innovative new products to consumers using the ZigBee technology."

Now that the ZigBee specification has been ratified, the Alliance said it would continue to validate the specification through expanded interoperability and scalability tests and future enhancements.

“The adoption of the ZigBee specification gives member companies the opportunity to capitalize on this innovative technology for monitoring, sensing, and control applications in residential and commercial environments,” said Bob Heile, chairman of the ZigBee Alliance. “Given the number of ZigBee-ready products announced in 2004, we anticipate seeing ZigBee-compliant consumer products as soon as early 2005.”

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