Extending its efforts with the Zigbee Alliance, STMicroelectronics announced Monday that it has joined the Zigbee Alliance Member Group China (ZMGC) as a council member.
ZMGC focuses on accelerating market adoption of Zigbee in China, simplifying development for manufacturers and increasing device compatibility for consumers. The company’s council membership at the ZMGC aims to help the Alliance continue its success in China by bringing more visibility to Zigbee technologies and accelerate new product developments with ST’s contributions to improved interoperability and cross-technology compatibility.
The goal of the Connected Home over IP project is to simplify development for manufacturers and increase compatibility for consumers. The project is built around a shared belief that smart home devices should be secure, reliable, and seamless to use. By building upon Internet Protocol (IP), the project aims to enable communication across smart home devices, mobile apps, and cloud services and to define a specific set of IP-based networking technologies for device certification.
The industry Working Group will take an open-source approach for the development and implementation of a new, unified connectivity protocol. The project intends to use contributions from market-tested smart home technologies from Amazon, Apple, Google, Zigbee Alliance, and others. The decision to leverage these technologies is expected to accelerate the development of the protocol, and deliver benefits to manufacturers and consumers faster.
“We are pleased to join ZMGC as a council member. STMicroelectronics has been consistently investing in Zigbee technologies and IoT applications and believes that China is one of the key growth markets. Being a council member allows us to join hands with Zigbee Alliance and all other member companies to explore market opportunities together,” said Arnaud Julienne, Vice President, Head of Marketing and Applications of MDG, IoT/AI Competence Center and Digital Marketing, Asia Pacific Region, STMicroelectronics.
The Zigbee Alliance is the foundation and future of the Internet of Things. Established in 2002, the company delivers a range of global memberships that collaborate to create and evolve universal open standards for the products transforming the way consumers live, work and play. With its members’ expertise, robust certification programs, and a full suite of open IoT solutions – including the recently announced Project Connected Home over IP, Zigbee Alliance is leading the movement toward a more intuitive, imaginative, and useful world.
The Zigbee Alliance Member Group China (ZMGC) is a branch of the Zigbee Alliance that focuses on promoting Alliance technologies in the Chinese market.
Established to create and evolve open wireless standards for device-to-device communications for the Internet of Things (IoT), Zigbee is implemented and continues to grow across a range of applications, especially in industrial and consumer markets.
With the extension of its Zigbee-related commitment and role into China, ST is poised to contribute to Zigbee’s growth in powering next-generation IoT devices, and to bring added value in creating communication and connection standards. Currently, China represents a vital and dynamic market with 30 percent of Zigbee-certified products from Chinese companies in 2019.
The inclusion of wireless technologies in ST’s microcontroller product portfolio delivers key benefits for greater flexibility in device architecture and faster transition for the mass market to add connectivity. With the evolution of the connectivity and IoT markets, the STM32 MCU/MPU products include strong integrated security mechanisms to guarantee IP and privacy protection.
“We warmly welcome STMicroelectronics joining ZMGC as a council member. ST is a well-known global player in IoT and its membership to ZMGC further strengthens the Alliance’s leadership in promoting the Zigbee technology in China,” said Wilma Su, chairwoman of Zigbee Alliance Member Group China. “ST’s advanced technologies will also bring different experiences to the China IoT industry. I expect pleasant collaboration with STMicroelectronics at ZMGC.”