The ZigBee® Alliance, a global ecosystem of companies creating wireless solutions for use in energy, residential, commercial, and industrial applications, announced its expansion into the telecom market with a new initiative extending mobile telephone networks while providing new capabilities for mobile phone users.

The new ZigBee Telecom Profile will feature secure mobile payment, information delivery, health care monitoring, peer-to-peer small data sharing, and other location based services and features. The alliance's growth into the telecom market is driven by industry experts from leading network operators and technology providers including Motorola, Huawei Technologies, Samsung Electronics, ETRI, KDDI R&D Laboratories Inc., OKI Electric Industry, Orange FT, Telecom Italia and TSC Systems. These members are examining ways to leverage the inherent strengths of ZigBee: low power, reliable mesh networking, AES128 security, low data rate and global network acceptance.  Because ZigBee is the global wireless language connecting dramatically different devices, companies can develop new mobile applications while gaining access to ZigBee-based home and commercial building automation devices.  

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