Bob Heile,
Chairman,
ZigBee Alliance
 
San Ramon, CA and Colorado Springs, CO, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- May 25, 2010 - The ZigBee® Alliance, and the IPSO (IP for Smart Objects) Alliance have announced an agreement to collaborate on wireless home area networks (HAN) using the ZigBee IP specification and the ZigBee Smart Energy™ version 2.0 standard.

The two alliances will collaborate on expanding HANs by using IP technology.

The ZigBee Alliance is a global ecosystem of companies creating wireless solutions for use in energy management, commercial and consumer applications, and the IPSO Alliance promotes the use of Internet Protocol (IP) in smart objects.

“Working with the IPSO Alliance will speed our development work on ZigBee Smart Energy,” said Bob Heile, chairman of the ZigBee Alliance. “By using IP technology, ZigBee Smart Energy will give utilities more flexibility in future smart grid deployments.”

“The IPSO Alliance is pleased to be working with the energy experts at the ZigBee Alliance on their industry leading standard for HANs,” said Geoff Mulligan, chairman of the IPSO Alliance. “We have been playing an active role in this space and our contributions to ZigBee Smart Energy and the ZigBee IP specification will help speed adoption of the smart grid.”

IPSO is the latest organization to collaborate on ZigBee Smart Energy. Other organizations working to expand this standard for HANs include DLMS, EPRI, ESMIG, and the HomePlug Powerline Alliance.