Z-Wave powers the Things in the Internet of Things.

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Why is Z-Wave the Preferred Choice
for Smart Home IoT?

Open Standard

By utilizing the ITU-T G.9959 global radio standard and offering a publicly-available application layer for product interoperability, Z-Wave technology is the most open development environment for smart products and services, and powers the world’s largest ecosystem of smart “things” for the IoT.

Thanks to Z-Wave’s interoperable product democracy, and many other technological and business advantages, more than 700 of today’s leading global manufacturers and service providers have made Z-Wave their smart home protocol of choice.

100% Interoperable

True product interoperability has been the guiding principle behind Z-Wave technology since its inception.  Every product in the Z-Wave ecosystem will work with every other product, regardless of type, brand, manufacturer or version. No other smart home/IoT protocol can make this claim.

Other “smart” technologies use multiple, or even optional standards that effectively result in closed systems. This limits product choices for both vendors and consumers. Z-Wave is the only solution for smart home/IoT that guarantees interoperability.

Whole-Home Coverage

Z-Wave’s intelligent mesh network covers any size home or building, using a hybrid routing algorithm that combines source and dynamic routing to communicate between nodes. Every node in a Z-Wave network acts as a repeater, which results in thorough, dependable whole-home coverage.

To ensure mission-critical reliability, even in homes saturated with wireless activity, Z-Wave uses the sub-GHz band, rather than the crowded 2.4 GHz range used by other technologies. Z-Wave’s mesh network delivers low latency and outstanding range, with a minimum line of sight range of 120 feet (indoors ) required for certification. Z-Wave messages can also hop up to 4 times, resulting in 600 feet of whole-home coverage.

Lowest Power Consumption

Z-Wave technology offers industry-leading power management technologies for smart devices, including intelligent sleep modes. Depending on the application, Z-Wave sensors can deliver multi-year battery life, which greatly reduces maintenance requirements for product and service providers.

Sigma Designs’ unique FLiRS technology enables Z-Wave to achieve near real-time communication with battery driven devices, while still delivering the low latency needed for door locks, lighting, water and other controls requiring immediacy.

Easy to Install

Z-Wave’s latest innovation, SmartStart, overcomes the complexity of smart home product installation, and changes the game for both professional service providers and DIY consumers. Z-Wave SmartStart setup is always quick, uniform, secure, and nearly effortless, and can be configured in advance.

Z-Wave SmartStart dramatically cuts installation time and support costs for service providers. Scenes, rules, and scripts can be pre-loaded at the distribution center or by the installer before setup. For DIY installations, the ease of Z-Wave SmartStart setup eliminates the #1 source of consumer frustration and product returns.

Most Secure

Sigma Designs’ latest Security 2 (S2) framework puts the Z-Wave standard at the forefront of IoT security for residential smart home products. Homes with S2 Z-Wave devices are virtually un-hackable.

Backward Compatible

Technological obsolescence is a recurring nightmare for service providers and utilities whose smart products are physically installed throughout their customers’ homes. Adding new products or services that don’t work with previously-installed equipment results in costly truck rolls and frustrated consumers.

Z-Wave technology sidesteps this problem completely, by mandating backward-compatibility for all Z-Wave products. The very first Z-Wave devices on the market from ten years ago still perform as intended with the very latest Z-Wave technologies.

Easy to Get Started

Z-Wave is streamlined for rapid product development and ease of market entry. A full suite of development kits, modules and reference designs makes the process of creating, customizing and launching new Z-Wave products and services as easy as 1-2-3.

Choose a development kit. Design your Z-Wave offering (or use one of our reference designs) with support from our technical site. Then submit your product for interoperability certification. That’s it. Your Z-Wave products and services can be up and running before the quarter is out.

The Largest System of
Interoperable  IoT Products

There are over 700 companies offering more than 2400 Z-Wave products throughout the global markets.