The ZigBee Alliance and Telecommunications Technology Committee (TTC) of Japan signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the two standards development organizations to work together towards inclusion of ZigBee IP as a TTC standard.
As a result of the MoU, the first TTC standard based on this agreement - JJ-300.10, “Home Network Communication Interface for ECHONET Lite (IEEE802.15.4/4e/4g@920MHz-band Wireless)” was published.
“ZigBee is already the leading global open standard for M2M communications,” said Yoichi Maeda, CEO of TTC. “ZigBee IP expands the realm of IP based monitoring and control that is essential for the emerging needs of energy management systems and corresponding services at home, office, and industry. Its inclusion as a TTC standard will accelerate the home network and public utilities market in Japan. The global interoperability as a whole system is very important in this area, and TTC’s aim is de-jure standardization of such systems for future work, with the cooperation of ZigBee Alliance and other partners.”
ZigBee IP continues the ZigBee tradition of self-organizing and self-healing mesh networking standards to enable robust communications over the globally available 2.4 GHz frequency as well as other frequencies such as 920 MHz in Japan.
“As one of the largest and technologically most advanced economies of the world, Japan will play an important role in the realization of the vision of IoT,” said Tobin Richardson, Chairman and CEO of the ZigBee Alliance. “TTC is a key developer and promoter of communications standards in Japan and having ZigBee IP become a TTC standard will widen ZigBee adoption and propel the IoT space in Japan.”