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ZigBee Alliance Debuts Battery-Free Option With New Green Power Feature

   ZigBee Alliance Debuts Battery-Free Option With New Green Power Feature

  PR Newswire

  SAN RAMON, California, Dec. 19, 2012

-- Product manufacturers gain a new choice for wirelessly networking energy
harvesting devices

SAN RAMON, California, Dec. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The ZigBee® Alliance, a
global ecosystem of companies creating wireless solutions for use in energy
management, commercial and consumer applications, today announced the most
eco-friendly way to power ZigBee products via its new Green Power feature.
Products, including switches and dimmers, can now be easily powered with
available energy harvesting sources rather than using a battery or AC mains
power, creating a no-maintenance, environmentally friendly solution. A free
public webinar on Green Power is scheduled for January 24.

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Green Power is an optional feature for the ZigBee PRO feature set that is part
of the enhanced ZigBee 2012 specification recently ratified and released to
Alliance members. It significantly expands the capabilities of ZigBee PRO,
further strengthening its leadership position as the global standard for
wireless sensor and control networks and the Internet of Things. With ZigBee
PRO Green Power products, consumers and businesses can add ZigBee devices to
many more areas including locations where power is unavailable, not allowed
for safety reasons or for historical preservation purposes. Product
manufacturers can implement ZigBee into more products with confidence, knowing
ZigBee is backed by a thriving, innovative and competitive ecosystem.

"The use of energy harvesting in commercial building automation, for example,
can reduce operating costs while helping organizations to demonstrate 'green'
credentials," said Lisa Arrowsmith,manager of connectivityresearch forIHS.
"Additionally, with over 35 million ZigBee-enabled'smart home' andhome
automation devices that are not line-powered projected to be shipped by 2017,
the ZigBee PRO Green Power feature also presents a compelling option in the
residential space."

As a part of the extensive Alliance test and certification plan development
process, it selected golden unit development kits from GreenPeak Technologies,
Philips, Schneider Electric and Texas Instruments. These implementations will
serve as golden units against which future ZigBee Certified products using the
ZigBee 2012 specification will be tested. This testing process ensures
compliance with the standard so that manufacturers can be assured of
consistent communications. Testing services were provided by NTS, TRaC and TUV
Rheinland.

"The Green Power feature for ZigBee PRO will allow development of the most
eco-friendly products possible," said Bob Heile, chairman of the ZigBee
Alliance. "This smart new feature continues ZigBee leadership in low power
networking by enabling no maintenance power source alternatives to be easily
used in ZigBee Building Automation products."

Products using Green Power will be eligible to wear the ZigBee Certified™
product logo.

ZigBee uses self-organizing and self-healing mesh networking to enable robust
communications over the globally available 2.4 GHz frequency and over 868/915
MHz technology in select countries. Only ZigBee offers superb interference
immunity and the ability to host thousands of devices on a single network. As
a green technology with ultra-low power requirements, ZigBee gives devices the
ability to be installed almost anywhere, eliminating maintenance concerns and
maximizing installation flexibility, characteristics making it ideal for M2M
and IoT applications. More information and a complete list of ZigBee 2012
specification features and benefits are available at:
www.ZigBee.org/GreenPower .

Free Webinar and White Paper The Alliance will host a free public webinar on
January 24, 2013. "Introducing ZigBee PRO's new eco-friendly Green Power
feature" will be held at 08:00 am Pacific Time and feature speakers from the
industry. Space is limited and advance registration is available at:
https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/498040911

A new white paper, "New ZigBee PRO Feature: Green Power - Connecting
Battery-Free Devices" is now available. The white paper outlines how the
feature integrates energy harvesting devices with ZigBee networks, as well as
the power requirements for the feature. This white paper can be found at:
www.ZigBee.org/GreenPower . 

ZigBee: Control your world

ZigBee offers green and global wireless standards connecting the widest range
of devices to work together intelligently and help you control your world. The
ZigBee Alliance is an open, non- profit association of approximately 400
members driving development of innovative, reliable and easy-to-use ZigBee
standards. The Alliance promotes worldwide adoption of ZigBee as the leading
wirelessly networked, sensing and control standard for use in consumer,
commercial and industrial areas. For more information, visit: www.ZigBee.org .

Website: http://www.zigbee.org
Contact: Kevin Schader, ZigBee Alliance, kschader@inventures.com,
+1-925-275-6672; Traci Renner, GolinHarris for ZigBee Alliance,
trenner@golinharris.com, +1-714-918-8226