EU headquarters will focus on driving Smart Grid standardization efforts and addressing EU specific market needs for ZigBee Alliance members.
SAN RAMON, CA -- The ZigBee Alliance, a global ecosystem of companies creating wireless solutions supporting energy management in residential, commercial and consumer electronics applications, announced Larry Taylor as director of European standards development and the head of its new European office located in Cambridge, U.K. Taylor, who has more than 20 years of experience with International Standards, will lead a team responsible for expanding the Alliance's efforts in addressing the European Union (EU)'s specific needs in energy management standards and Smart Grid activities. The European HQ will also focus on supporting its growing European-based membership and expanding its growing role in EU implementations of ZigBee Smart Energy in wireless advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and home area networks (HAN).
More than 150 Alliance members, or 40 percent of the Alliance's membership, have European operations focused on ZigBee-related projects. The European HQ will help foster new partnerships with energy-related EU organizations while bolstering efforts with existing collaborations with the European Smart Metering Industry Group (ESMIG) and the Device Language Message Specification (DLMS) User Association. The European HQ will expedite ZigBee's growing emergence as the leading choice for wireless EU Smart Grid projects and promote greater adoption of other innovative ZigBee standards offering solutions for consumer electronics, home automation, health care and telecom.