That’s what we’re here to do. We just might be the luckiest folks in the IoT industry, working with the best and brightest from hundreds of companies worldwide across the IoT value chain. Like you, we have a passion for making an impact, rolling up our sleeves and working as peers and collaborators to help make the promise of the IoT a reality today.
The Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA) is the place where industry professionals across the globe come together, paving the way to a world of seamless interaction that is transforming the way we live, work and play. We believe all objects can work together to enhance our day-to-day experiences, and together we create the standards, tools and platforms which make this possible.
Take on a challenging goal like ensuring more compatibility and less confusion in IoT product choices? You bet, we’re up for that! Get industry competitors to work side-by-side and hammer out standards together? Yes, that’s our jam!
We have the audacious belief that open standards and open dialog are essential to delivering the great experiences consumers want, and the thriving competitive marketplace that makes great products possible.
The Connectivity Standards Alliance guides the IoT forward by simplifying and harmonizing technology standards across the industry. By fostering unprecedented collaboration, we are building a better, more connected world together. We tackle head-on the barriers to IoT growth and adoption by creating standards that matter. Our library of protocols enable the seamless interoperability users crave, making truly connected environments in business, at home, and play a reality.
Common standards are just good business: they reduce barriers to entry, helping any firm with a fresh idea bring their innovative solution to market quickly. That’s a win-win for consumers, the economy, and our competitive juices!
With an unwavering focus on the fundamentals of security, privacy, inclusivity, equity and openness, we help ensure everyone enjoys increasingly greater value from the IoT.
It’s been 50 years since we first landed on the moon – isn’t it time the IoT just worked?
Yes … yes it should. And the work we do together embraces big, bold goals on the scale of interplanetary exploration, or even cross-platform product interoperability. In fact, NASA’s 2021 Mars mission actually used one of our technologies to enable communications between the Perseverance rover and the Ingenuity drone. If Alliance technologies work for a mission to Mars, we think our technologies are powerful enough to manage devices here on Earth.
Of course, a mission to Mars may only occur once in a lifetime. But “going to Mars” represents the way we think and how we bring all types of companies together, working collaboratively to build powerful, useful, transformative standards every day.
Our approach resonates globally. The World Economic Forum (WEF), an independent non-profit organization based in Geneva, Switzerland engages the foremost political, business, cultural and other leaders to shape global, regional and industry agendas. We’re proud to have a seat on the WEF’s Council on the Connected World, as their goals of strengthening global governance, collaboration, equity and trust are so tightly aligned with our own mission and vision in driving the future of the IoT today.
Our commitment to inclusivity and equitable access to IoT reverberates widely. Alliance members come together from across industries and around the world to transform the future of connectivity. Together, we’re doing great things.
The IoT continues to evolve, addressing diverse market needs and experiences. Related technology adoption and product lifecycles are similarly varied, across multiple use cases and industries. That's why our members invest effort to develop and nurture multiple technologies. From specialty uses to IP protocols and full-stack solutions, we are the home for your IoT standards needs.
We believe all objects can work together to enhance the way we live, work, and play. Our members join us in supporting the following core principles:
Matter is the foundation for connected things.
This industry-unifying standard delivers reliable, secure connectivity— and is a seal of approval that devices will work seamlessly together, today and tomorrow. Matter is creating more connections between more objects, simplifying development for manufacturers and increasing compatibility for consumers.
Companies from across the industry are contributing market-proven technologies and best practices to our newest standard. Matter is built around a shared belief that smart home devices should be secure, reliable and seamless to use.
Matter is the seal of approval that says smart devices work reliably together - taking guesswork out of the purchasing process, letting you choose from a wider range of the brands you love, and bringing you the comfort of a secure and seamlessly connected home.
Matter: It’s the future of reliable connectivity.
Zigbee is a market-proven, widely adopted, complete loT solution — from its mesh network to its universal language that allows smart objects to work together, Zigbee increases choice and flexibility for users and developers. Zigbee delivers the confidence that products and services will work together through standardization and testing of all layers of the stack.
Zigbee-certified products connect and communicate with each other using the same IoT language, built with backwards and forward compatibility in mind. Today, millions of Zigbee products help automate smart homes and commercial buildings worldwide, with:
And Zigbee’s impact extends well beyond terra firma - Zigbee technology powered the communication system used successfully by the Mars rover landing in early 2021. That's the ultimate stress testing under challenging conditions!
With a vibrant and active member community, Zigbee standards continue to evolve with developers choosing Zigbee for their new IoT solutions every day.
Green Power is a specialty Zigbee solution that allows for energy-harvesting technology to be used directly with the Zigbee stack.
Green Power has become the global wireless standard for large installations where changing batteries and accessing devices would be inconvenient if not cost-prohibitive. Green Power technology combines the strengths of:
Set it and forget it with Green Power!
Zigbee Smart Energy is the world’s leading standard for interoperable products that monitor, control, inform and automate the delivery and use of energy and water. When consumers have the information and automation needed to easily understand and reduce their consumption, the result is a winning combination: greener homes and money saved!
Smart Energy’s sole purpose is to offer utilities another way to provide value and differentiate themselves. With a focus on reducing utility usage, and keeping consumers informed, Smart Energy benefits the entire energy value chain.
Zigbee Smart Energy is widely deployed and delivering benefits to consumers today:
Dotdot is a common language for the smart objects we rely on every day, so they can speak to each other effortlessly on any network, and make themselves more useful to all of us.
Dotdot is based on Zigbee Cluster Library (ZCL), supported by years of market testing and adoption. It defines and standardizes device types, commands the device can send or receive and attributes it supports. As a result, varying smart devices can understand and speak the same language at the application layer, regardless of the underlying network transport.
Dotdot gives us the freedom to choose the brands and products that transform the way we live, work, and play.
JupiterMesh is a robust, low-power industrial IoT wireless mesh network with flexible data rates that enables neighborhood and field area communications for utilities and municipalities deploying intelligent grid and smart city solutions.
Built on open IETF and IEEE standards, it includes advanced technologies such as IPv6, frequency hopping, multi-brand operation, authentication, encryption, and key management to drive industry realization of interoperable milti-vendor implementations that scale, are secure and easy to manage.
The Zigbee rf4ce specification offers an immediate, low-cost, easy-to-implement networking solution for Zigbee Remote Control and Zigbee Input Devices.
This standard is designed to provide low-power, low-latency control for a wide range of products including home entertainment devices, garage door openers, keyless entry systems and more.
In combination with the Zigbee Remote Control and Input Device profiles, rf4ce makes it possible for remote controls to operate without line-of-sight restrictions. Additional benefits include two-way communication, longer range of use, and extended battery life.
The IoT holds the allure of devices that communicate effortlessly with each other. Today’s applications range from large scale smart grids underlying smart cities, to smaller scale devices working together in our connected homes.
But for too many, that promise still remains tantalizingly out of reach. This is exactly why the Connectivity Standards Alliance creates and promotes universal open standards that enable IoT products to securely connect and interact. The power of these standards, packaged with our certification frameworks and tools, is a proven catalyst for:
As an IoT developer, you’ve got the real-world coding experience and point-of-view we value. Join the thousands of members contributing to the ongoing development of specifications that help all in the industry bring great products to market.
In return, Connectivity Standards Alliance members gain access to actionable assets and tools that materially accelerate your project delivery. Leveraging the reference designs, specifications and data model asset library gives you a jump start on the foundational building blocks for product development, freeing you up to focus on innovative product design.
Certification confirms that IoT devices work together, instilling the confidence that converts potential shoppers to loyal buyers. The Alliance has conducted thousands of certifications to date, and we’re proud to see millions of Alliance-certified devices in use around the world. Alliance certification helps device manufacturers launch products without unnecessary development cycles, because things work as specified when developed with our standards and certified by the Alliance. Members find certification a valuable tool in protecting their investment and paving the way for market adoption.
Certification should be easy, and the Alliance has designed our certification model with our members’ process in mind, which includes automation, testing ability and easy integration. We continue to develop tools and test harnesses which are readily available to all members.