Riding the wave

Leading OEMs in the home control market have joined forces to create the Z-Wave Alliance to promote ‘ Z-Wave’ as the standard for wireless home control products.

At the International Builder’s Show in Orlando, FL this month, OEMs in the home control market, including Intermatic, Leviton, Wayne Dalton, Danfoss, UEI and Zensys announced they have joined forces to create the Z-Wave Alliance to promote ‘ Z-Wave’ as the standard for wireless home control products.

Developed by Zensys, Z-Wave is a low-cost, two-way, wireless mesh network communications technology designed for residential and light commercial control and status reading applications such as meter reading, lighting and appliance control, HVAC, access control, intruder and fire detection.

Z-Wave transforms any stand-alone device into an intelligent networked device that can be controlled and monitored wirelessly.

The Z-Wave technology is available in single chips that are available from Zensys. The Z-Wave protocol stack is embedded in the chips, and Flash memory is available to the manufacturer/OEM for their application software. A range of manufacturing blueprints of the PCB circuitry surrounding the Z-Wave Single Chip is also available – including antenna circuitry and filters.

In addition to establishing Z-Wave as an open standard, the Z-Wave Alliance aims to encourage other companies to incorporate the technology into their home control products and work with them to continue to adapt the technology as new uses and requirements arise.

Adding to the more than 70 products now available, an additional 100 wireless home control products that use the Z-Wave technology are scheduled to hit major retail outlets before the summer 2005.

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