As the home automation market expands, multiple groups are pushing technologies to unify IoT. Earlier this year, smart thermostat pioneer Nest, now part of Google, launched the Thread Group in hopes of spanning all types of connected home devices. The AllJoyn technology originally developed by Qualcomm is also designed to knit wearables and IoT devices together. The market for low-power networking protocols is also crowded, with ZigBee alternatives including Z-Wave, Bluetooth Low Energy, and 6LoWPAN.
The Alliance gave its member companies a draft of the ZigBee 3.0 standard today and expects it to be ratified next year. The standard will be demonstrated at the International Consumer Electronics Show in January. Some ZigBee devices would support 3.0 automatically, while others may be upgradable in the field.
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