The ZigBee Alliance (San Ramon, Calif., U.S.A.), a group of organizations providing wireless communication for energy management applications, last week announced that an update to ZigBee Smart Energy version 1, an Advanced Metering Infrastructure standard, is now available for product development and public download.
According to the Alliance, the ZigBee Smart Energy is a standard that will help create greener homes by giving consumers the information and automation needed to reduce their energy consumption.
ZigBee Smart Energy version 1.1 adds multiple features including pricing enhancements, tunneling of other protocols, prepayment features, over-the-air updates and backwards compatibility with version 1.0, according to the ZigBee Alliance.
Pike Research projects a $26.1 billion global market for smart energy devices and appliances by 2019, and anticipates that ZigBee will lead in wireless connections to smart appliances. Additionally, ON World estimates that ZigBee Smart Energy will account for half of global revenues for home energy management equipment and services, aggressively projected at $3.3 billion by 2014, among both wired and wireless systems.
Utilities and consumers can select ZigBee Smart Energy Certified products ranging from thermostats to meters, says the alliance.