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 YunOS from Alibaba Group – the world’s leading e-commerce company – has joined the ZigBee Alliance at the Participant level. YunOS is a business division of Alibaba responsible for developing the cloud-based, data and service-oriented operating system for the IoT.
Harnessing big data and cloud service to connect cloud-based applications and hardware devices, YunOS has quickly become a critical part of Alibaba’s technology infrastructure for IoT development since its launch in 2011. YunOS currently works with various partners in the information industry, and powers a wide range of smart devices including smartphones, wearables, Internet cars, robots and smart household appliances. It aims to become the “go to” operating system for China’s smart industry.
“We are delighted to join the ZigBee Alliance and look forward to working closely with members to drive innovations and push the boundaries in the IoT area,” said Zhang Chunhui, President of YunOS. “With the support of the ZigBee Alliance, YunOS can be an enabler of break-throughs in technology that will keep raising the bar.”
Shared by more than 400 member companies and other leading industry standards bodies, the ZigBee Alliance’s mission is to create, maintain and deliver the highest performing specifications, standards and solutions for the wireless IoT. The widespread availability of ZigBee-certified devices gives developers and users more flexibility to choose products they know will work with each other. The Alliance simplifies IoT product development and deployment, reduces industry confusion through the availability of a consolidated set of open application device definitions, and helps members bring the benefits and capabilities of connected IoT devices to a significantly broader range of applications and markets.
“The ZigBee Alliance is committed to building strong partnerships with leading global companies, and Alibaba Group brings proven expertise in connecting with hundreds of millions of consumers and businesses,” said Tobin Richardson, president and CEO of the ZigBee Alliance. “We are the voice of organizations that are redefining the world in which we live, and we’re excited to welcome YunOS to this impressive workforce of minds who are establishing an ecosystem to simplify IoT connections.”
Benefits of joining the Alliance include collaborating with thought leaders and other compelling companies during ZigBee Alliance member meetings held throughout the year at various points on the globe. In addition, each month more than 80 ZigBee Alliance working group calls take place – gathering input from companies based in 37 countries to drive foundational development for the Internet of Things.
ZigBee: Control Your World
The ZigBee Alliance creates, maintains and delivers open, global wireless standards that enable everyday objects to work together and to control your world in the Internet of Things (IoT). An open, non-profit ecosystem of more than 400 companies representing 37 countries, the Alliance is developing and promoting the world’s leading IoT standards across a wide range of consumer, commercial and industrial monitoring and control applications.