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Zigbee Alliance and DiiA to Standardize DALI-Zigbee Gateways

By Ken Briodagh April 23, 2020

The Zigbee Alliance, an organization of hundreds of companies creating, maintaining, and delivering open, global standards for the Internet of Things (IoT), and the Digital Illumination Interface Alliance (DiiA), the global industry organization for DALI lighting control, recently announced they are working together to bring further standardization and system interoperability to the IoT luminaires space.

This development reportedly will help stakeholders realize the benefits of combining wired DALI lighting-control systems with wireless Zigbee networks as the IoT progresses.

The two organizations said they are collaborating on the development of a gateway specification to support a forthcoming certification program. This blending of reliable, cost-effective, low-power Zigbee technologies with DALI’s proven digital lighting control will, they say, give users a best-in-class combination for intelligent illumination systems.

“Our liaison agreement with the Zigbee Alliance is part of DiiA’s commitment to address different options for combining wireless communication links with DALI lighting control,” said Paul Drosihn, General Manager, DiiA. “Developing specifications and testing requirements for gateways between Zigbee ecosystems and wired DALI networks will ensure interoperability that’s backed by certification.”

“The intersection of wired and wireless is where industry can work better together during this IoT transition to benefit those invested in both technology camps as well as consumers as they embrace connected devices,” said Tobin Richardson, President and CEO, Zigbee Alliance. “Pairing DiiA’s wired control solutions with Zigbee wireless standards brings more choice to markets that rely on these technologies for various use cases and as a springboard for future innovation.”


Ken Briodagh is a storyteller, writer and editor with about two decades of experience under his belt. He is in love with technology and if he had his druthers would beta test everything from shoe phones to flying cars.

Edited by Ken Briodagh
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