One of the biggest issues surrounding the use of the Internet of Things (IoT) in energy management – or anywhere else – is how best to ferry signals from place to place. Wireless, of course, is key to this since in many cases the sensors are in difficult or impossible to reach places.
The related next step is settling on a protocol. One of the leading approaches is ZigBee. The ZigBee Alliance said this week that it has added 38 companies from 15 countries to its membership rolls. Among the new members are Energetic Lighting Europe, Johnson Controls and Blaze Automation.
The press release announcing the new members pointed to Current’s acquisition of Daintree and GreenPeak’s acquisition by Qorvo as indicators of ZigBee’s popularity. Both of those deals directly impact building energy management.
An important step in the evolution of the technology – which is based on IEEE 802.15.4 – was the introduction of ZigBee 3.0 in 2014.