The Z-Wave Alliance, an open consortium of leading global companies deploying Z-Wave, today announces the opening of applications for the 2016 Z-Wave Labs competition. Launched in 2015, the Z-Wave IoT accelerator-style program gives winners with an innovative idea in IoT product or service design access to the large Z-Wave Alliance ecosystem, partners and resources as well as the Z-Wave IoT ready 500 series development kits.
One of the major trends taking hold in North America is the rise of the smart home, and it was reflected in many of the offerings found at ISC West. Here’s a brief look at several of the smart home-related products I have been able to take in during my various booth tours and meetings at the show.
Perhaps the most interesting was the demonstration of the Z-Wave protocol from the summit of Mt. Everest. Mariusz Malkowski, a veteran climber and Sigma Designs engineer, showcased the reliability of Z-Wave technology and showed that home automation is possible from anywhere in the world. With a press of a button from thousands of miles away, he was able to activate a coffee maker at the Z-Wave Alliance pavilion.
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What Is Z-Wave?
Z-Wave is a wireless communications technology controlled by Sigma Designs primarily for home automation processes. Like the competing Zigbee standard, Z-Wave products work in a mesh of devices to cover a variety of home automation tasks.
While it’s a proprietary technology, it’s one that’s been quite widely licensed in the home automation space for most common home automation tasks.
Just a decade ago there was this little thing started called the Z-Wave Alliance that sought to do what the Wi-Fi Alliance did: bring everybody to the table to agree on protocols and promote interoperability between devices. Looking at the growth of their CEDIA booth each year you can tell that they have grown into a force to be reckoned with. This year, at CEDIA Expo 2014, their booth was bigger than ever.
Celebrating their 10 year anniversary, the Z-Wave Alliance booth area was abuzz with manufacturers showing off their Z-Wave enabled devices. There are now are over 300 manufacturers making Z-Wave products, almost 1,200 certified devices in the market, with 28 million Sigma chips deployed worldwide (Sigma Designs manufactures the Z-Wave chips).
The Z-Wave Alliance, a consortium of global companies that oversees the world’s largest interoperable ecosystem for wireless home control products and services — announced today that William Scheffler, Director of Sales, Sigma Designs and Z-Wave Alliance board member, will be participating as a speaker at Parks Associates’ Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, February 25-27 in San Antonio, Texas in the session “Device Interoperability: A Progress Report” on February 27 at 2:00 PM at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel.
Sigma Designs, a leader in connected media platforms and home networking technologies, confirmed that the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has developed a new sub 1GHz narrow band wireless standard. The ITU-T G.9959 standard is largely based on the Z-Wave technology and defines backwards compatibility to the Z-Wave standard.
“This new ITU standard is a step forward for Sigma and our Z-Wave technology,” stated Gabi Hilevitz, vice president and general manager home connectivity group at Sigma Designs. “Incorporation of the Z-Wave MAC and PHY layers into G.9959 assures the continued growth and interoperability of the Z-Wave standard and will further accelerate its use world-wide. Recognition by an International Standards Organization such as the ITU is an important milestone in any technologies lifecycle.”