China Unicom Research Institute Joins the Zigbee Alliance

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The Zigbee Alliance welcomed the China Unicom Research Institute, one of China's three major mobile service carriers, as they joined the alliance at the participant level.

In 2015, the China Unicom Research Institute initiated the Smart Home Standardization United Group (SSUG), which drew in a number of well-known enterprises in the industry, including FiberHome, ZTE, and Wulian, and took the lead in developing implementation standards from devices to gateways and further to the cloud. Zigbee is adopted by SSUG as the major wireless communication standard for connecting end devices to the gateway. Based on the understanding of market demand and through laboratory test results, SSUG has proposed a number of parameter recommendations and additional mandatory features to improve user experiences.

After joining the Zigbee Alliance, SSUG will actively participate in standards development working groups and seek to integrate its work into international standards, while also proposing Zigbee technology be accepted into China's industry standards, including in the smart home market.

Zhang Yunyong, president of the Research Institute, noted, "2017 was a year that witnessed rapid development of the IoT, and China Unicom has also made remarkable achievements in this field. We are pleased to join the Zigbee Alliance and look forward to working closely with other Alliance members to share our experience in the Chinese consumer market and actively participate in the development of open IoT standards to meet the rapid changes of market demand and drive innovation in IoT.”

“The Zigbee Alliance works with key leaders and standards groups around the globe to promote cross-ecosystem collaboration to unleash IoT innovations,” said Tobin Richardson, president and CEO of the Zigbee Alliance. “We are pleased to have this prominent influencer in the Chinese market join us, and look forward to the China Unicom Research Institute sharing their expertise and insight alongside other members as we work together to achieve the promise and potential of the Internet of Things.”

The Zigbee Alliance started out as 25 companies in 2002, and has grown into a prominent international group of 400+ organizations from 37 countries. Along this 15-year journey, the Alliance has paved the way for the IoT, introducing many certification programs, and industry specifications and standards. Zigbee applications have also gained tremendous traction in the smart home, commercial buildings, manufacturing, and smart cities markets. The Alliance continues its work to create friction-free IoT development, and enable consumers to better enjoy the value that the IoT brings to everyone.

For more information, visit zigbee.org.

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