The Zigbee Alliance has announced that IKEA has joined its board of directors. According to IKEA, the move is part of the company’s plan to play a larger role in influencing the global IoT movement. The IKEA Home Smart portfolio includes smart lighting, smart blinds, smart speakers and wireless accessories.
In 2018 alone, IKEA sold more than five million Zigbee devices. Beyond offering intelligent devices that allow consumers to transform and control their living spaces, IKEA says it’s also squarely focused on creating positive impact and change within the communities and people they source from, as well as respecting the planet. This environmental emphasis is an approach it plans to apply to the market-changing measures underway via the Zigbee Alliance.
“As the curators of enjoyable home design and enriched living, IKEA is a tremendous gain to the Alliance leadership. Their ability to make imaginative, affordable connected home products accessible to consumers across all classes and categories forms the core of great connected device experiences,” said Tobin Richardson, President and CEO, Zigbee Alliance. “We’re excited for IKEA to bring that innovation and consumer-centricity to our open IoT standards, and help facilitate collaboration between smart products and the innovative companies behind them. Our shared commitment to align and move companies to open standards at product design is what helps ensure that all IoT products ‘just work’ once installed.”
Established in 2002, the Zigbee Alliance’s global membership collaborates to create and evolve universal IoT open standards. The Zigbee Alliance board of directors is comprised of executives from Amazon, Comcast, IKEA, The Kroger Co., LEEDARSON, Legrand, Lutron Electronics, MMB Networks, NXP Semiconductors, Schneider Electric, Signify (formerly Philips Lighting), Silicon Labs, SmartThings, Somfy, Texas Instruments and Wulian.
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