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Msg  38 of 41  at  1/29/2008 9:17:31 PM  by


Airbee Certifies as Zigbee Pro Golden Unit

Public Availability of ZigBee Technology Foreshadows New Products Available
        From ZigBee Members This Year
        SAN RAMON, Calif., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The ZigBee Alliance, a
        global ecosystem of companies creating wireless solutions for use in energy
        management, commercial and consumer applications, today announced the
        public availability of the latest version of the ZigBee Specification and
        the certification of the newest ZigBee Golden Unit platforms which
        implement the ZigBee PRO Feature Set.
        The newest Golden Units are available from Ember, Texas Instruments and
        Airbee Wireless. These member companies successfully implemented the new
        ZigBee PRO Feature Set and passed independent testing conducted by NTS
        Corp. and TUV Rheinland. With the completion of the three Golden Unit
        platforms supporting the latest ZigBee Specification, other platform
        suppliers may now gain ZigBee Pro Feature Set certification. One of
        ZigBee's key strengths is offering the market multiple interoperable
        platforms. This provides product manufacturers with a solid supply chain
        and the greatest choice in technology needed to deliver a wide range of
        energy efficiency, home and commercial building automation and industrial
        The latest ZigBee Specification includes the ZigBee Feature Set and the
        new ZigBee PRO Feature Set, offering product companies greater flexibility
        in using ZigBee. It was released exclusively to Alliance members last
        October. Capabilities for both Feature Sets and a side-by-side comparison
        are available at and
        the specification download can be found at
        "Schneider Electric and its subsidiaries are embracing ZigBee,
        including the newest features such as the ZigBee PRO Feature Set, and view
        them as key to the wide-spread adoption and implementation of ZigBee," said
        Jean-Pierre Desbenoit, electronic and software research director at
        Schneider Electric. "With this move, the ZigBee Alliance is continuing to
        deliver the key technology and tools the market needs to develop and deploy
        products for a wide variety of products and services."
        To ensure quality, the Alliance requires Golden Units. They are
        multiple independent implementations proving a Specification revision and
        demonstrating interoperability for future ZigBee products.
        "With certification of these new ZigBee Compliant Platforms and the
        public availability of the latest ZigBee Specification, we continue to see
        a significant increase in developers who are using ZigBee in their product
        development efforts," said Bob Heile, chairman of the ZigBee Alliance. "The
        ZigBee Alliance congratulates the three Golden Unit companies on delivering
        the latest building block the market requested."
        The Alliance is making strong progress in its deployment of
        interoperable ZigBee product solutions via ZigBee Public Application
        Profiles that enable end-to-end, multi-vendor interoperability. In January,
        the Alliance announced the completion of the ZigBee Smart Energy profile.
        In November 2007, it made the ZigBee Home Automation profile and ZigBee
        Cluster Library available for public download at Future public
        application profiles in development include commercial building automation
        and telecommunications.
        The Alliance is more than 250 members strong, boasting a presence in 28
        countries spanning six continents. Product manufacturers represent 50
        percent of the Alliance's global membership. ZigBee is the only
        standards-based technology designed to address the unique needs of
        low-cost, low-power, wireless sensor networks for energy management and
        efficiency, home and commercial building automation, plus embedded network
        applications in the commercial, industrial and consumer markets. Companies
        wanting to participate in developing the ZigBee marketplace may join the
        Alliance by visiting
        ZigBee: Wireless Control That Simply Works
        The ZigBee Alliance is an association of companies working together to
        enable reliable, cost effective, low-power, wirelessly networked,
        monitoring and control products based on an open global standard. The
        ZigBee Alliance membership comprises technology providers and manufacturers
        worldwide. Membership is open to all. Additional information can be found
SOURCE The ZigBee Alliance

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