Analysts Confirm Half a Billion Zigbee Chipsets Sold, Igniting IoT Inn…


Analysts Confirm Half a Billion Zigbee Chipsets Sold, Igniting IoT Innovation; Figures to Reach 3.8 Billion by 2023

Analysts Confirm Half a Billion Zigbee Chipsets Sold, Igniting IoT Innovation; Figures to Reach 3.8 Billion by 2023

802.15.4 Mesh
Networks Dominate Connectivity in the IoT with Zigbee Alliance
Standards Forecasted to be in 85% of Units Shipped Over the Next Five

DAVIS, California – August 7, 2018 – The Zigbee Alliance, an
organization of hundreds of companies creating, maintaining, and
delivering open, global standards for the Internet of Things (IoT),
today announced that findings from leading market research firm ON
World project an extremely favorable market for connected devices
leveraging Zigbee Alliance technologies over the next five years. 
ON World – whose experts provide global business intelligence on the
IoT – confirmed that half a billion Zigbee chipsets have been sold to
date. Their analysts predict that 802.15.4 mesh chipset sales will
skyrocket to 4.5 billion by 2023 with the majority of those being based
on Zigbee Alliance technology standards.  

The firm’s most recent research findings, available here, note Zigbee
as the leading IoT connectivity technology for the smart home.
Estimates state Zigbee Alliance technologies will account for 3.8
billion (85%) of the 4.5 billion IEEE 802.15.4 units projected to ship
by 2023. 

“ON World has closely followed the IEEE 802.15.4 category for the past
15 years and has tracked Zigbee technology since before its flagship
specification was ratified in December 2004,” said Mareca Hatler,
Principal Analyst at ON World. “Since then, our team has conducted
extensive, year-round primary research on wireless sensing, tracking
and control in dozens of ecosystems – interviewing and surveying
thousands of companies of all sizes across the entire value chain. Our
findings indicate Zigbee leads the wireless mesh sensor network market
and will continue to do so.” 

Key points and projections from the report include:

Half a billion Zigbee chips have been sold to date.
By 2023, 1 billion Zigbee chips will ship annually worldwide.
By 2023, 4.5 billion cumulative IEEE 802.15.4 mesh devices will be sold
worldwide – and 85% of those will use Zigbee Alliance standards.
Today, Zigbee makes up more than one-third of the smart home Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) chipset market.
Zigbee is the leading IoT connectivity technology for the smart home. 

“ON World’s projections validate the success we’ve been experiencing
behind the scenes as we work with hundreds of innovative companies and
developers to design and market Zigbee-based mesh products,” said Katie
Gengler, Head of Marketing for the Zigbee Alliance. “2018 is already on
track for a record year for Zigbee certifications, and to date the
Alliance has qualified thousands of different smart product types that
are part of today’s most popular and thriving IoT ecosystems, including
those from Amazon, Comcast, Huawei, IKEA, Schneider Electric, Signify
(formerly Philips Lighting), SOMFY, and Samsung SmartThings.” 

Several segments in the IoT market are experiencing tremendous growth,
including connected lighting, smart meters, and climate control and
comfort automation. Zigbee Alliance members are fueling this surge by
providing open, standards-based devices that transform the way we live,
work and play. Flagship Zigbee Alliance technologies shaping the future
of the IoT market include: 

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3.0: Zigbee is the only complete, open IoT solution, from mesh network
to the universal language that allows smart objects to work together.
It’s built on the Zigbee PRO networking stack and adds security layers
so manufacturers can build full-stack, low-power, interoperable IoT
devices, certified by the Zigbee Alliance, and backed by a global
ecosystem of platforms, products and support. 

Dotdot: Already at the heart of Zigbee devices, Dotdot is the critical
component in the wireless networking stack responsible for providing a
universal application layer that makes it possible for different IoT
devices to speak the same ‘language’ whether running over Zigbee,
Thread, IP, or other networks. Dotdot enables smart objects to
seamlessly and securely connect to each other across a wireless
network, and expands possibilities for both developers and users as
they look to build out ecosystems and explore the Internet of

Smart Energy by the Zigbee Alliance: Smart Energy is the world’s
leading standard for interoperable products that monitor, control,
inform, and automate the delivery and use of electricity, gas and
water. Developed with the expertise of hundreds of industry technical
and business leaders, the Smart Energy standard and Certification
program ensures Smart Energy products will deliver robust wireless
networking performance and interoperability. There are more than 700
existing Smart Energy Certified products, along with a large network of
suppliers to support a healthy market of products to choose from.

About the Zigbee Alliance
The Zigbee Alliance is the foundation and future of the Internet of
Things. Established in 2002, our wide-ranging global membership
collaborates to create and evolve universal open standards for the
products transforming the way we live, work, and play. With our
members’ deep and diverse expertise, robust certification programs, and
a full suite of open IoT solutions, we are leading the movement toward
a more intuitive, imaginative, and useful world. The Zigbee Alliance
board of directors is comprised of executives from Comcast, Huawei, The
Kroger Co., Landis+Gyr, LEEDARSON, Legrand Group, MMB Networks, NXP
Semiconductors, Schneider Electric, Signify (formerly Philips
Lighting), Silicon Labs, SmartThings, Somfy, Texas Instruments and


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