Zigbee Alliance Adds Amazon to Board of Directors Roster
For an otherwise rather innocuous headline, the fact that Amazon has joined the Zigbee Alliance Board of Directors is really a huge piece of news for the IoT industry.
As we know, Zigbee is one of the two major protocols that all IoT-connected devices can operate on. The technology itself is simply a lower-power type of wireless technology that allows smart home devices to communicate with one another. Most notable about a protocol like Zigbee is its ability to work efficiently for those low-power devices and to travel longer distances than other standards like Bluetooth or WiFi. Simply put, it’s ideal for things like light switches, smart plugs, and the like.
A little over a year ago, Amazon rolled it’s Amazon Echo Plus, which was a remade version of the original Echo speaker that also included a built in hub. That hub was crafted around the Zigbee protocol, which meant the device could directly connect to and act as the conductor for other products that use the protocol. And digging even further, smart doorbell maker and home alarm system Ring, which Amazon purchased last year, is also built around the Zigbee protocol.