The ASSA ABLOY Group is stepping up as the latest member of the Board of Directors for the Zigbee Alliance. ASSA ABLOY is already an active member of the Alliance, and is currently lending its expertise to the Alliance’s Connected Home for IP project.
The Zigbee Alliance unites hundreds of organizations in an effort to create international, open standards for IoT development. The goal is to promote the interoperability of IoT devices and provide end users with products that will be compatible with one another.
ASSA ABLOY, meanwhile, is best known for a range of different access control solutions, including smart locks, smart doors, and credentialing systems. The company also happens to be the parent company of HID Global and Yale. The latter is a lock specialist (and not a university) that primarily targets the residential market.
“As a major manufacturer of residential and commercial access solutions, our product lines depend on efficient, reliable, and secure communications to operate effectively,” said ASSA ABLOY Smart Residential Head Martin Huddart. “Connectivity based on open, global standards is what’s going to drive this next generation of smart home and building products, so it’s important that we collaborate with other domain experts as part of the Board of Directors.”
“Their market experience enables a more open world fueled by physical and digital connections, in solid alignment with the values embraced by our member-driven organization,” said Zigbee Alliance President and CEO Tobin Richardson. “Having this company join our ranks will strengthen the quality and reach of the important work being done by Alliance members.”
Biosite and Crossmatch are some of ASSA ABLOY’s more recent acquisitions. The former provides access control solutions for the construction industry, while the latter is an identity solutions provider that was picked up in 2018 to augment the HID Global portfolio.
In other news, NXP has released several MCUs that support Zigbee protocols in IoT devices.