DAVIS, CA--(Marketwired - September 23, 2015) - The ZigBee Alliance, a non-profit association of organizations creating open, global standards that define the Internet of Things for use in consumer, commercial and industrial applications, today announced that home improvement company Lowe's is the newest Participant member of the ZigBee Alliance.
Launched in July 2012, Iris by Lowe's is a smart home solution created to monitor and control virtually everything in the home anytime, anywhere -- from a computer, smart phone or tablet. Lowe's was among the first companies to target the mass consumer market with a broad home automation solution and to introduce an open platform complemented by the customer support that consumers have come to trust from Lowe's.
"Our customers tell us they want a simple way to monitor and automate their homes across a multitude of different devices," said Mick Koster, vice president and general manager of Iris Home Systems. "As part of the ZigBee Alliance, we believe we can help further demystify smart homes for consumers and also innovate to bring an ever-expanding array of products to make managing their homes even easier."
Lowe's is the most recent of 450 members currently working to develop and promote ZigBee IoT standards. As the IoT continues its rapid growth, the Alliance's membership has experienced a paralleled increase in both the number and diversity of member companies.
"The ZigBee Alliance board joins me in welcoming Lowe's as a Participant member of the Alliance," said John E. Osborne II, Chairman of the ZigBee Alliance board. "As a prominent retail company in North America, Lowe's serves the commercial and personal security and home automation market. We believe that their leadership in the industry will greatly benefit our members and consumers of ZigBee products."
"We welcome Lowe's into our ongoing work unifying the IoT around open, global, established standards," said Mark Walters, Vice President of Strategic Development of the ZigBee Alliance. "Iris by Lowe's brings a unique perspective as a leading smart home solution within a home improvement retailer. Their membership at the Participant level will be valuable in furthering our efforts to deliver standards optimized to benefit both our member companies and consumers."
Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving approximately 16 million customers a week in the United States, Canada and Mexico through its stores and online at lowes.com, lowes.ca and lowes.com.mx. With fiscal year 2014 sales of $56.2 billion, Lowe's has more than 1,840 home improvement and hardware stores and 265,000 employees. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe's supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. For more information, visit Lowes.com.
ZigBee: Control your world
The ZigBee Alliance offers the open, global wireless standards that enable everyday objects to work together and help you control your world. ZigBee standards are the leading standards for monitoring and control used in consumer, commercial and industrial markets around the world. The Alliance is an open, non-profit ecosystem of 450 organizations developing and promoting standards defining the Internet of Things for use in homes and businesses. For more information, visit www.ZigBee.org.
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