Z-Wave Long Range is now available for Pre-Certification while pending Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Review
Last fall, the Z-Wave Alliance announced the new Z-Wave Long Range (Z-Wave LR) specification, currently undergoing third-party silicon certification. The addition of technical capabilities to significantly extend both range and node functionality is also in the works. With such a promising outlook, it only makes sense to start getting your Z-Wave LR Pre-Certification. Let’s break down what this really means.
What is Z-Wave LR and Why Does It Matter?
If you’re reading this, chances are you’re already very familiar with Z-Wave LR, but a refresher can always come in handy.
Engineered to provide significantly extended wireless range and support robust networks, Z-Wave LR extends Z-Wave connectivity beyond the boundaries of the home and accelerates the adoption of Z-Wave in other spaces such as light commercial, hospitality, and multi-dwelling units (MDU). Z-Wave LR is an extra 100kbps DSSS OQPSK modulation addition to the Z-Wave protocol. The modulation is treated as a fourth channel, allowing gateways to add LR nodes to the existing Z-Wave channel scanning.
Developed and managed by the new Z-Wave Alliance Technical and Certifications workgroups, the updated specification has been designed to usher in a new era of Z-Wave connectivity while still adhering to Z-Wave technology core values such as backwards compatibility and interoperability. The updated specification promotes a number of key technical benefits best summarized as:
Its most exciting benefit, however, is the considerable increase in transmission range, spanning over a mile. Z-Wave LR also increases scalability on a single smart home network up to 4,000 nodes. It’s also user friendly, as it extends connectivity without the need for repeaters, guaranteeing and easier install and lower cost. These features make Z-Wave LR scalable beyond the home.
Why Should You Get Pre-Certified?
Starting April 1, 2021 original equipment manufacturer (OEMs) are able to submit a product for a Z-Wave LR Pre-Certification based upon Specification version 2021A.
“But is it worth going through this process?” you might ask. Let us assure you: there is a plethora of benefits to reap.
For starters, OEMs earn a certification number, the right to market, and a badge that indicates Z-Wave LR functionality. Additionally, it will allow any OEM to sell their product xas Z-Wave LR compliant – a label that will increase your product’s credibility.
Last – but certainly not least – a certified Z-Wave LR device is interoperable and compatible with the deployed Z-Wave ecosystem of more than 100M products. Plus, you’ll be ahead of the game, as you won’t have to go through the certification process again once this becomes fully available.
All of these make a strong case as to why a trustworthy OEM should pursue pre-certification.
Get Started Today
We’ve compiled a list of resource to help you get started if you’re interested in securing your pre-certification:
The Z-Wave Long Range certification program will be through IPR review through June 1, 2021.