The ZigBee Alliance, a non-profit association of companies creating, maintaining and delivering open, global standards for the low-power wireless Internet of Things (IoT), announced that Huawei – a leading supplier of ICT solutions – has joined the ZigBee Alliance at the Promoter level and accepted a seat on its Board of Directors. As an international technology market leader, this development further strengthens the mission and direction of the ZigBee Alliance and its 400+ members toward a meaningful, interconnected world.
Headquartered in Shenzhen, China, Huawei is a global technology leader that creates maximum value for customers by enriching people’s lives through communication. Huawei solutions have been deployed by 45 of the world’s top 50 telecom operators, and the company’s leading ICT solutions, products and services are used in more than 170 countries and regions – making communication possible for one-third of the world’s population. Huawei’s aim is to build a better-connected world by acting as a responsible corporate citizen, innovative enabler for the information society, and collaborative contributor to the IoT industry.
“The ZigBee Alliance is heading in the right direction with regards to the IoT, and we are throwing our support behind ZigBee technology as the cornerstone of this new era of device intelligence,” said David Randolph Hoelscher, Chief Marketing Director, IoT Platform, Huawei. “The Internet of Things is changing how we interact with everyday items around us, and to reach the full potential driving this shift, industries – and more specifically, manufacturers – must coordinate to ensure the user experience is at the heart of every innovation. We see the ZigBee Alliance fostering that critical commitment, and are proud to join this board and be part of an organization that is international in makeup and purposefully striving toward collaboration for the good of the IoT industry.”
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“Both Huawei and the ZigBee Alliance understand the importance of customer-centric innovation to take the Internet of Things beyond early adopters to the next level of mainstream engagement and enjoyment,” said John E. Osborne II, chairman of the board for the ZigBee Alliance and general manager, The Kroger Co. R&D. “Huawei’s industry influence, insight and involvement in the IoT as a substantial force in the smart home, connected car, intelligent facility and energy markets make them an important addition to our Board of Directors.”
“Interoperability, collaboration and shared success are vital components as our industry defines and designs for the interconnected world,” said Tobin Richardson, ZigBee Alliance President and CEO. “There’s so much potential for significant and meaningful connectivity, and having Huawei join our circle of visionaries and experts is truly another indication that we’re attracting the strongest IoT market players to make that happen.”
Huawei is the 15th member of the ZigBee Alliance Board of Directors, joining Comcast Cable, Itron Inc., The Kroger Co., Landis+Gyr, Legrand Group, Midea Group, NXP Semiconductors, Philips, Schneider Electric, Silicon Labs, SmartThings, SOMFY, Texas Instruments and Wulian to drive progress forward.