Zigbee Alliance Technologies in Commercial

Offices, the hospitality industry, the medical world, educational institutions, retail, production facilities: there are virtually no commercial domains left where smart building solutions are not already a top priority when it comes to thinking about energy saving, efficient space utilization, improvement of working conditions, enhancing employee satisfaction, and improving building maintenance.

Many different applications and connected devices are a part of defining a modern smart building environment. Think of connected lighting, efficient energy control, climate and HVAC control, daylight and window blinding systems, room assignment and access control, safety, and many, many more.

Historically, most connected applications were based on proprietary and siloed systems, which did not work together, leading to complexity and extra costs and a missed opportunity to embrace the benefits of a truly connected building.

Ideally, all of these types of applications would work seamlessly together in an integrated environment to allow for easy installation, easy retrofitting, easy maintenance, advanced monitoring and analysis, end-to-end security, and interoperability between devices and efficient use of human and technical resources.

This is where Zigbee comes in. Zigbee is the world’s most popular Internet of Things (IoT) standard. Based on proven technology that is currently in use in millions of connected devices and backed by key players in the industry and a strong industry alliance consisting of hundreds of companies, it is the ideal solution for wireless commercial building applications.

Furthermore, Dotdot, the application standard by the Zigbee Alliance, offers a full library of device commands for deployment, maintenance, control, and usage of connected devices. Dotdot defines thousands of characteristics for dozens of device-types, making sure that all of them work seamlessly together, independent from the manufacturer, the function of the device and, using the appropriate gateways, even the IP-based network protocol stack.

Dotdot by Zigbee Alliance can be used on multiple networking technologies:

Dotdot running on the Zigbee PRO network stack

Zigbee PRO is the Zigbee Alliance-built wireless networking solution based on the proven IEEE 802.15.4 radio specification. It is designed to require a minimal amount of power, cover wide areas using mesh technology and provide an easy means of adding devices. It has been in use for over decade in hundreds of millions of devices worldwide and has a proven track record of reliability and security.

Dotdot running on wireless- and wired IP-networks

Dotdot is also designed to work on IPv6 (Internet Protocol) based networks. This means that Dotdot can run on top of the wireless IEEE 802.15.4-based Thread protocol. Using Dotdot on IPv6 means that for every device in the network, the most suitable (wired or wireless) networking solution can be chosen, while still being part of an overall and integrated network environment. What’s more, since the network is IP-based, using the appropriate gateway, it can be seamlessly integrated into the existing enterprise network, further streamlining the possibilities of centralized deployment, maintenance and data collection for enhanced system monitoring and analysis. With every device having a unique IPv6-address, full integrity, security, and encryption remains in tact, all the way from the cloud up until the individual devices.

Zigbee PRO and IP-networks running Dotdot will eventually allow for integration using the appropriate gateways, since both are using the same application layer. This compatibility also allows for an easy migration path towards a fully IP-based solution.

The Zigbee Alliance is the foundation and future of the IoT. Established in 2002, our wide-ranging global membership collaborates to create and evolve universal open standards for the products transforming the way we live, work, and play. With our members’ deep and diverse expertise, robust certification programs, and a full suite of open IoT solutions, we are leading the movement toward a more intuitive, imaginative, and useful world.