Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Amazon brings Zigbee certified total to 3000

Steve Rogerson
August 22, 2019

The Zigbee Alliance says there are now more than 3000 Zigbee certified products and compliant platforms available. The second-generation Amazon Echo Show was product number 3000.
“Hitting the 3000th certification demonstrates how collaborating across brands and standards is what’s helping our market flourish as everyone wants choice and the ability to easily connect devices to one another,” said Jon Harros, director of certification and testing for the Zigbee Alliance. “Our member companies work in different areas of the IoT realm yet come together to drive innovation and development through Zigbee certification. Each qualified product and platform further expands the interoperability universe for us all.”
The Zigbee Alliance certification programme ensures that quality, interoperable Zigbee products are available for product developers, ecosystem vendors, service providers and their customers. Certifications for Zigbee 3.0 products are on the rise, and this uptick is an indicator that market influencers are choosing open standards for their IoT product designs.
“Implementing and certifying with an open standard like Zigbee connects us to a global marketplace and allows our customers access to a diverse range of interoperable products that fit their specific needs,” said Michael Koster, principal research engineer for Samsung SmartThings and Zigbee Alliance board director. “Certification is a necessary step to achieving interoperability and ensuring products are reliable and valued when put on the market. We collectively as an IoT industry need to all be certifying to protect our investments and put forth a successful, connected experience for those using our offerings.”
Leedarson, a one-stop ODM shop that offers an array of IoT devices, is leveraging the Zigbee-certified programme to ensure it delivers high quality, interoperable lighting and IoT devices to market. The company is also the first organisation to earn certification for a Zigbee 3.0 light bulb.
“As a long-term supporter and implementer of Zigbee technology, we’re proud to have contributed to this alliance milestone,” said John Osborne II, vice president at Leedarson, and chairman of the Zigbee Alliance. “Zigbee technology offers a total solution for our commercial building and smart home solutions, and we choose to develop and certify with Zigbee to immediately connect with and thrive within the global IoT market.”
Amazon claimed the 3000th Zigbee certified product spot with its second-generation Echo Show. The Echo Show has a built-in smart home hub that connects to Zigbee-based light bulbs, door locks, sensors and more. 
“Customers tell us they want smart home devices that are simple to setup, reliable and work together seamlessly,” said Chris DeCenzo, principal engineer at Amazon and Zigbee Alliance board director. “By contributing to open standards and pursuing Zigbee certification for products including the second generation Echo Show, our goal is to help ensure customers can choose from a wide range of smart home devices and know that they’ll work great together.”
This certification milestone is the resulting work from hundreds of global manufacturers and developers that have designed products using Zigbee-based standards for the smart home, building and connected city environments.
The companies that contributed to this milestone throughout the first half of 2019 include Amazon, Bega Gatenbrink-Leuchten KG, Chameleon Technology, Green Energy Options, Hangzhou Greatstar Industrial, Kroger, Leedarson, Leviton Manufacturing, Nexelec, Qualcomm, Samsung, Schneider Electric, Secure Meters, Sengled, Shenzhen Feibit Electronic Technology, Shenzhen Heiman, Shenzhen Kaifa Technology, Shenzhen Sunricher Technology, Silicon Labs, SmartThings, Somfy, System Level Solutions, Stelpro, Texas Instruments, Home Depot, Toshiba, Tuya, Xylem, and Yunding Network Technology.