ZigBee/EnOcean cooperation for energy harvesting on ZigBee 3.0

December 17, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
The ZigBee Alliance and the EnOcean Alliance are to cooperate on combining the benefits of EnOcean energy harvesting wireless solutions with ZigBee 3.0. The two organisations say that joint development of open, global specification for energy harvesting wireless communication technology will help meet growing demand for interoperable, self-powered IoT sensor solutions.

A new specification will take advantage of both alliances’ expertise and standards-development processes in furthering energy harvesting device interoperability: it will bring together the EnOcean Equipment profiles (EEPs) for sub-GHz networking with the recently-ratified ZigBee 3.0 solution in the 2.4 GHz frequency band.

Tobin Richardson, President and CEO of the ZigBee Alliance, comments, “Our goal with ZigBee 3.0 is to provide a unifying IoT standard that simplifies product development while reducing industry fragmentation and unlocking new market growth opportunities. This agreement with the EnOcean Alliance is a first important step down that path. A jointly developed specification for the ZigBee 3.0 ecosystem will bring the promise of interoperable self-powered IoT solutions to more markets and applications, meeting growing demand for plug-and-play solutions that can deliver seamless, ultra-low-power battery-less communication.”

Graham Martin, Chairman of the EnOcean Alliance adds, “The globally available 2.4 GHz frequency is the key to the consumer market. We look forward to working with the ZigBee Alliance, one of the most experienced organizations in this field, to define the technical specifications for worldwide energy harvesting wireless solutions based on this worldwide standard. This will give our members access to new regions and additional fields of applications to grow their business for self-powered innovations.”

This technical cooperation agreement will build on the EnOcean Alliance’s position with more than 1,500 interoperable products available for home and commercial building automation, and expand it bringing energy harvesting wireless communication to many more applications in the IoT and consumer arenas. It will also take advantage of the newly ratified ZigBee 3.0 standard, which enables battery-less devices to securely join networks across a variety of energy harvesting applications.

A Technical Task Force will be built of ZigBee Alliance and EnOcean Alliance representatives to define the technical specifications required to combine standardised EnOcean Equipment Profiles (EEPs) with the ZigBee 3.0 solution, which operates in the worldwide IEEE 802.15.4 2.4 GHz standard. The alliances plan to