The alliances want to simplify the development and deployment of lighting and building automation systems based on a common, IP-based network infrastructure
Two industry alliances have committed to work together to increase levels of product interoperability and standards unification for smart commercial building projects.
The Fairhair Alliance, which comprises companies from the lighting, building automation and IT industries that aims to facilitate the use of IPv6 for the IoT in buildings, believes the building automation product ecosystem has been fragmented by proprietary, standalone solutions.
Klaus Waechter, steering group member from Siemens, says that it tries to address this through unification around an IP infrastructure that encompasses major interoperable product ecosystems such as that created by the ZigBee Alliance, which creates, maintains and delivers open, global wireless standards. The two sides have now signed a liaison agreement and will explore opportunities to combine their technical specifications.
They will take advantage of the ZigBee Alliance’s extensive testing, certification and branding resources and expertise. The aim is to simplify the development and deployment of lighting and building automation systems based on a common, IP-based network infrastructure.
“With this agreement, we deepen our relationship with the ZigBee Alliance by aligning the two organisations’ work on a key missing piece of the interoperability puzzle: IPv6-based technologies for building automation and lighting control systems, including middleware solutions for application services such as security, discovery and network management,” explained Waechter.
Tobin Richardson, ZigBee Alliance president and CEO said it is an important liaison agreement that reinforces the ZigBee Alliance’s commitment to unifying IoT standards. “So we can simplify development of interoperable products and improve the consumer’s ‘smart’ experience.
“Unifying standards around a common IP stack is a key step in this journey, and doing the same thing at the application layer is equally important. This is a key focus area as we continue to create the world’s most complete set of definitions for IoT device interoperability.”
The ZigBee Alliance’s open, non-profit ecosystem comprises more than 400 companies representing 37 countries. It is developing and promoting the world’s leading IoT standards across a wide range of consumer, commercial and industrial monitoring and control applications.
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