IKEA Joins Zigbee Alliance Board of Directors

Dec. 13, 2019

Home Design Leader Cultivates Better Smart Living Through Open IoT Standards

DAVIS, California – The Zigbee Alliance, an organization of hundreds of companies creating, maintaining, and delivering open, global standards for the Internet of Things (IoT), announced that IKEA has joined its Board of Directors. This decision validates the world-renowned retail leader’s commitment to universal open IoT standards for its smart home product offerings and complements IKEA’s overarching vision to create a better life at home for as many people as possible.

“The world is constantly changing, and our home furnishing designs are also ever-evolving with specific intent to create a better life at home for everyone,” said Ulf Axelsson, IoT Architect at IKEA Home Smart. “Elevating our membership within the Zigbee Alliance to the board level enables our company to play a larger role in influencing the global IoT movement that’s connecting technology, design, and imagination. Our goal is to democratize smart home technology by offering affordable products to everyone.”

Smart Home Living for Everyone

A tiny Swedish mail-order catalogue business started by Ingvar Kamprad in 1943 today operates as a global home furnishing brand dedicated to making great design available to everyone. To bring amazing products to people the world over, IKEA products are created around five dimensions: low price, function, form, quality, and sustainability.

The IKEA Home Smart portfolio includes smart lighting, smart blinds, smart speakers, and wireless accessories. In 2018 alone, IKEA sold more than five million Zigbee devices. Beyond offering intelligent devices that allow consumers to transform and control their living spaces, IKEA is also squarely focused on creating positive impact and change within the communities and people they source from, as well as respecting the planet. This environmental emphasis and overall collaborative nature between IKEA partners, divisions, and employees is key to the organization’s remarkable success – and is an approach that will be applied to the market-changing measures steadily underway via the Zigbee Alliance.

“As the curators of enjoyable home design and enriched living, IKEA is a tremendous gain to the Alliance leadership. Their ability to make imaginative, affordable connected home products accessible to consumers across all classes and categories forms the core of great connected device experiences,” said Tobin Richardson, President and CEO, Zigbee Alliance. “We're excited for IKEA to bring that innovation and consumer-centricity to our open IoT standards, and help facilitate collaboration between smart products and the innovative companies behind them. Our shared commitment to align and move companies to open standards at product design is what helps ensure that all IoT products ‘just work’ once installed.”

For more information about the Zigbee Alliance, its open IoT technologies, and how to get involved to bring about good change for the industry, visit www.zigbee.org.

About the Zigbee Alliance

The Zigbee Alliance is the foundation and future of the Internet of Things. Established in 2002, our wide-ranging global membership collaborates to create and evolve universal open standards for the products transforming the way we live, work, and play. With our members’ deep and diverse expertise, robust certification programs, and a full suite of open IoT solutions, we are leading the movement toward a more intuitive, imaginative, and useful world. The Zigbee Alliance board of directors is comprised of executives from Amazon, Comcast, IKEA,  The Kroger Co., LEEDARSON, Legrand, Lutron Electronics, MMB Networks, NXP Semiconductors, Schneider Electric, Signify (formerly Philips Lighting), Silicon Labs, SmartThings, Somfy, Texas Instruments, and Wulian.


Heather Chesterman

PR for the Zigbee Alliance



[email protected]                         

Web site: