Why is Z-Wave the Preferred Choice for Smart Home IoT?
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.
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.
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.
Our 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.
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.
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.
Low 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.
Our 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 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.
Join the World's Largest Ecosystem of Smart Home IoT Products
More than 2400 Z-Wave Certified Products are Available Worldwide.
Over 700 Companies Have Made Z-Wave Their Smart Protocol of Choice.
Remote Home Monitoring
The twenty-first century home incorporates a broad selection of monitoring and control technologies that create a safer, easier, and more convenient living experience, at prices the average homeowner or renter can easily afford. While this world of smart products spans many different device types, consumers want the convenience of a single application to control it all — from anywhere. That’s where Z-Wave comes in.
Z-Wave is powering the lucrative and fast-expanding markets for home monitoring by providing hardware and software with a common language, featuring well-defined classifications and commands, that work for more than 2400 (and growing) interoperable smart products of every type. Only Z-Wave offers a product ecosystem that can span all the needs of the remotely controlled and monitored smart home.
Z-Wave is a key element in the home energy equation. The Z-Wave Alliance and its membership have successfully demonstrated a OpenADR2.0a / Z-Wave demand response system for multi-dwelling units. This provides complete building control, automation and energy management, including demand response programs using a variety of technologies, including OpenADR, Smart Energy Profile, and Z-Wave control.
For consumers, Z-Wave control lets home systems and even individual devices and power strips operate with optimal efficiency. Smart climate, lighting, and window coverings add up to substantial cost savings each month. More importantly, Z-Wave provides the consumer with quantified data that lets them decide how to manage costly household energy, and build more efficient habits that save money and the planet.
Safety and Security
Z-Wave technology is the dominant smart home protocol for the security industry. In fact, more than 90% of the North American security company-based lifestyle solutions are powered by Z-Wave, including virtually all the market leaders. Z-Wave’s mature, optimized, and robust technology is ideal for mission-critical security applications for home and business.
The key to Z-Wave’s adoption by the vast majority of the security industry’s lifestyle solutions is its large ecosystem of certified interoperable products. Z-Wave offers over 2400 products from over 700 different companies. Businesses and customers need to know that they have choices when selecting products, and are not tied to the success and business plans of any one supplier. The Z-Wave ecosystem provides choice and flexibility, as well as rock-solid security.