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By Rich Handley

Zigbee Alliance Says 3.8 Billion ZigBee Chipsets Expected to Be Sold by 2023

The Zigbee Alliance, an organization of hundreds of companies creating, maintaining and delivering open, global standards for the Internet of Things, has announced that findings from market-research firm ON World project a favorable market for connected devices leveraging Zigbee Alliance technologies during the next five years.

ON World, which offers global business intelligence regarding the IoT, has indicated that half a billion Zigbee chipsets have been sold to date. Its analysts predict that 802.15.4 mesh chipset sales will skyrocket to 4.5 billion by 2023, with the majority of those based on Zigbee Alliance technology standards. The firm's most recent findings cite Zigbee as the leading IoT connectivity technology for the smart home. Estimates state Zigbee Alliance technologies will account for 3.8 billion (85 percent) of the 4.5 billion IEEE 802.15.4 units projected to ship by 2023.

"ON World has closely followed the IEEE 802.15.4 category for the past 15 years and has tracked Zigbee technology since before its flagship specification was ratified in December 2004," said Mareca Hatler, a principal analyst at ON World, in a prepared statement. "Since then, our team has conducted extensive, year-round primary research on wireless sensing, tracking and control in dozens of ecosystems—interviewing and surveying thousands of companies of all sizes across the entire value chain. Our findings indicate Zigbee leads the wireless mesh sensor network market and will continue to do so."

"ON World's projections validate the success we've been experiencing behind the scenes as we work with hundreds of innovative companies and developers to design and market Zigbee-based mesh products," said Katie Gengler, the Zigbee Alliance's head of marketing, in a prepared statement. "2018 is already on track for a record year for Zigbee certifications, and to date the Alliance has qualified thousands of different smart product types that are part of today's most popular and thriving IoT ecosystems, including those from Amazon,Comcast, Huawei, IKEA, Schneider Electric, Signify (formerly Philips Lighting), SOMFY, and Samsung SmartThings."

Several segments in the IoT market are experiencing tremendous growth, including connected lighting, smart meters, and climate control and comfort automation. According to the research, technologies shaping the future of the IoT market include:

Zigbee 3.0: Zigbee is the only complete, open IoT solution, from mesh network to the universal language that allows smart objects to work together. It's built on the Zigbee PRO networking stack and adds security layers so manufacturers can build full-stack, low-power, interoperable IoT devices, certified by the Zigbee Alliance, and backed by a global ecosystem of platforms, products and support.

Dotdot: Already at the heart of Zigbee devices, Dotdot is the critical component in the wireless networking stack responsible for providing a universal application layer that makes it possible for different IoT devices to speak the same language, whether running over Zigbee, Thread, IP or other networks. Dotdot enables smart objects to seamlessly and securely connect to each other across a wireless network, and expands possibilities for both developers and users as they look to build out ecosystems and explore the Internet of Things.

Smart Energy (from the Zigbee Alliance): Smart Energy is a standard for interoperable products that monitor, control, inform and automate the delivery and use of electricity, gas and water. The Smart Energy standard and certification program ensure that smart energy products can deliver robust wireless networking performance and interoperability.

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