The Fairhair Alliance and the ZigBee Alliance signed a liaison deal on Thursday to collaborate on driving higher levels of product interoperability and standards unification in smart commercial buildings.
The two organizations will explore opportunities to combine their technical specifications and take advantage of the ZigBee Alliance’s extensive testing, certification and branding resources and expertise to simplify the development and deployment of lighting and building automation systems based on a common, IP-based network infrastructure.
Fairhair is an alliance of companies, from the lighting, building automation and IT industry, that aims to facilitate the use of IPv6 for the ‘Internet of Things’ in buildings.
The Fairhair Alliance envisions a future where building automation and lighting control systems utilize interoperable systems and link to application eco-systems, such as BACnet, KNX and ZigBee. This will enable a move from proprietary, standalone solutions to a common building network infrastructure that supports the ‘IoT’ of resource constrained devices.
The ZigBee Alliance creates, maintains and delivers open, global wireless standards that enable everyday objects to work together and control your world in the Internet of Things (IoT). An open, non-profit ecosystem of more than 400 companies representing 37 countries, the Alliance is developing and promoting the world’s leading IoT standards across a range of consumer, commercial and industrial monitoring and control applications.
“The building automation product ecosystem has been fragmented by proprietary, standalone solutions, which the Fairhair Alliance addresses through unification around an IP infrastructure that encompasses major interoperable product ecosystems such as that created by the ZigBee Alliance,” said Klaus Waechter, Steering Group member from Siemens, with the Fairhair Alliance. “With this agreement, we deepen our relationship with the ZigBee Alliance by aligning the two organizations’ 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.”
“This 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,” said Tobin Richardson, ZigBee Alliance President and CEO. “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.”