While ZigBee hasn’t become as ubiquitous in wireless as the likes of Bluetooth or WiFi, it has carved out niches in home automation and low-power gear. The format is about to expand its world a little further now that a more network-savvy spec, ZigBee IP, is officially available for everyone. The upgrade adds IPv6 and tougher security to the open mesh networking formula, letting it more easily join an internet of things where there’s potentially billions of connected devices. The ZigBee Alliance isn’t naming customers at this stage, although it’s quick to note that ZigBee IP was built for smart grid use: don’t be surprised if you first see it behind the scenes, keeping energy use in check.
Source: ZigBee Alliance