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By Rich Handley

Zigbee Alliance Augments Green Power Program for IoT Devices

The Zigbee Alliance, an organization comprising hundreds of companies that create, maintain and deliver open, global standards for the Internet of Things (IoT), has announced new branding and certification measures centered around its Green Power feature, which is based on energy-harvesting technology and is part of the Zigbee PRO standard. The new brand treatment, designed to identify reliable, cost-saving products utilizing Zigbee technology, denotes IoT devices featuring Green Power to save time, budget and energy when it comes to wireless lighting for big installations.

The new logo is a required mark for all Green Power-certified devices. The updated certification process provides refined guidelines around the use of the logo and builds on the family of Zigbee Alliance brands and logo portfolio. "Green Power is a great feature of the Zigbee standard. This new logo allows our customers to easily identify and purchase Green Power devices for integrating them seamlessly with their Zigbee system," said Jean-Pierre Desbenoit, a senior IoT standardization expert at Schneider Electric and the Zigbee Alliance's vice-chairman of the board, in a prepared statement. "Interoperability is the cornerstone of our smart devices and this new logo reinforces that."

The new logo will aid end users in both the smart-home and commercial realms. Green Power is a battery-less feature for smart networks across a variety of facilities, including hotels, factories, retail spaces and office buildings. It offers building executives, commercial installers and systems integrators an open industry solution based on the Zigbee PRO network specification.

"We utilize Green Power in our switches and sensors to ensure that the products we put on the market are adaptable and long-lasting in smart commercial and residential spaces," said Bruno Vulcano, Legrand's R&D manager and the vice-chairman of the Zigbee Alliance's Board of Directors, in the prepared statement. "This new logo will allow our end customers to easily differentiate which products they want to use and continue to allow for widespread interoperability in smart spaces."

Green Power enables wireless devices to be powered utilizing energy-harvesting methods with limited or no batteries, thus saving on maintenance costs by reducing the need to replace batteries across large areas on a regular basis. Additionally, this feature in lighting products allows for continued flexibility and cost savings in commercial spaces by enabling internal space to be altered without the limits of wired solutions. For devices in hard-to-reach places, Green Power eliminates the effort of swapping out batteries. In addition, the Green Power feature leverages energy-harvesting to draw on sources such as motion, light and vibration to operate low-power IoT devices.

"Our Green Power initiative is a collaboration led by Zigbee Alliance members based around the world, and together they're driving this important feature through the organization, across various product lines, and into massive wireless deployments for the good of the earth and the convenience of those using Zigbee technologies," said Tobin Richardson, the president and CEO of the Zigbee Alliance, in the prepared statement. "We're excited to launch this new Green Power initiative so members can utilize a dedicated logo and more robust certification process to clearly designate and qualify devices that support this differentiating eco-friendly, battery-less feature."

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