Huawei becomes latest company to join ZigBee Alliance

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Chinese tech giant Huawei has joined the ZigBee Alliance, a non-profit association for open, global standards for low-powered wireless IoT devices, as a promoter. The company has also accepted a spot on its board of directors.

The Shenzhen-headquartered company's solutions are deployed by 45 of the global top 50 telecom operators. Its ICT solutions, services and products are used in over 170 regions and countries, supporting communication for over a third of the global population.

David Randolph Hoelscher, IoT platform chief marketing director at Huawei, said: "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."

"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,” added Hoelscher. “We see the ZigBee Alliance fostering that critical commitment, and are proud to join this board and be part of an organisation that is international in makeup and purposefully striving toward collaboration for the good of the IoT industry."

Huawei has now become the 15th member of the ZigBee Alliance Board of Directors, with other members including Itron, Comcast Cable, Philips, Schneider Electric, and more. Its arrival into the alliance comes weeks after SOMFY, a company which operates in the home and commercial automation space, joined the alliance at the promoter level and on the board of directors.

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