Z-Wave is an ITU approved low powered radio frequency technology. Sigma creates SoC's and modules with the Z-Wave RF that are embedded into everyday things. Z-Wave fits into the category of "mesh network" technology. The network begins with a hub of some sort, this could be a gateway product or a controller device like an alarm panel or a thermostat. The hub connects the Z-Wave products within the home to the internet thus enabling all Z-Wave devices for the internet of things.
Consumers can then access, control and monitor their home via a PC, tablet or smartphone. The mesh element of the network means that each device within a Z-Wave network can relay signals to the other devices, this allows the network to be extended easily and made even more robust with more connected devices. Up to 232 Z-Wave devices can connect to a Z-Wave hub. Z-Wave is ideal for homes and small businesses.
There are many factors to consider when selecting a technology partner, at Sigma Designs we understand this and want to provide you with the information you need to make a solid technology selection and sound business decision. This presentation aims to provide more in-depth information for companies looking to get started developing with Z-Wave. Whether you are a service provider, gateway/controller, end device or consumer electronics company there are many benefits of including Z-Wave into your offering.
This presentation runs about 7.5 minutes and provides an overview touching on topics such as:
We typically think about Z-Wave in terms of scenarios that consumers will benefit from and then we help our customers provide solutions. The most common use cases are: Remote Home Security/Monitoring, Energy Savings, Aging in Place and Comfort/Convenience. Within each of these scenarios consumers can use one app on their tablet or smart phone to control a number of devices at once.
For example, for someone using Z-Wave to secure their home they can create, what we call, a "scene". This scene could be called "Secure home – away" for example. It would be created to shut the house down and secure it when going out. Once the consumer swipes the scene a series of activities can be activated to do things like turn off all the lights, lock all the doors and windows and activate alerts if someone opens the door.
Another one of Z-Wave's consumer benefits is saving energy. With Z-Wave in the home consumers can easily manage and monitor their power consumption from their phone. A scene that can be used in combination with all of the above-mentioned security features could include turning off all the lights in the house, remote access to adjust the thermostat, powering down all A/V and computer equipment upon exiting the house. With Z-Wave powered shade controls, consumers can even open and close the shades to keep the house warmer or cooler.
Because Z-Wave is interoperable, Z-Wave networks can be created one device at a time. Starter kits are a helpful way to get Z-Wave into the home and over time more functionality can be added simply by increasing the number of devices in the network.
With over 20 million devices in homes worldwide, Z-Wave clearly has a global presence. Over time we will see Z-Wave become available in more and more countries. Currently the Z-Wave RF has been approved for the following countries: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Serbia and Montenegro, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, and Vatican City.
Z-Wave's domain is in the home and in other structures like small offices and multi-unit buildings where consumers/business owners are looking to easily manage a multitude of devices with one application. Within this space, Z-Wave is the dominant technology of choice. It is built as a mesh topology network type. The main benefit that sets Z-Wave apart from other technologies is interoperability. Z-Wave has 1000 products that all work together seamlessly regardless of product brand or application. This gives consumers and service providers more choice in product type, style and application. No other home control and monitoring technology even comes close.
Zigbee is a mesh networking technology. Zigbee operates on the 2.4 GHz frequency. This is the same frequency as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and several other proprietary technologies resulting in interference. Zigbee differs significantly to Z-Wave in that there are multiple profiles and few products interoperate.
Bluetooth is a personal area network (PAN) technology. It works on short range and is developed to pair one device to another. For example a Bluetooth user can connect his phone with a headset. As a result it's not the right choice for developing a whole home network capable of managing multiple devices at one time.
Wi-Fi is also a limited technology choice for home control and monitoring because it consumes a lot of power. Many everyday connected devices like door locks and sensors are battery-powered and Wi-Fi simply drains the battery too quickly to be practical.
January 22, 2014 Z-Wave Becomes Multi-Sourced Standard as Home Control Market Grows
January 21, 2014 Smart homes become a reality as 1 000 products link up
November 7, 2013 Smarten Up Your Dumb House with Z-Wave Automation
September 24, 2013 Move over Best Buy: Staples wants to be your shop for the connected home
February 17-19 2014 Smart Energy Summit in Austin, Texas Sigma's Bill Scheffler is speaking on Standards & Interoperability Solutions That Bring It All Together on Monday, February 17th at 4:00pm
March 4-5, 2014 Z-Wave Basic Training at Sigma Designs, Milpitas, CA
March 10-14 2014 Z-Wave Alliance will be at CEBIT in Hannover
March 18-20 2014 See you at TVConnect booth number 51
More Alliance Events Connect with the Z-Wave Aliance at these upcoming conferences
Z-Wave Webcasts » Replay the Webcast - Success Factors in the Connected Home