“Earlier this year, UL approved the latest Z-Wave protocol for UL 1023 compliance, giving Z-Wave the green light for professional alarm installations, and mitigating consumer concerns about hacking the smart home.
Sigma Designs, the owner of Z-Wave technology, put the gears in motion last year when it launched the new Z-Wave Security 2 (S2) framework for next-gen Z-Wave products. That framework was developed in cooperation with UL, with 1023 compliance in mind.
Z-Wave’s two-way sensors feature “Jamming Detect,” a mechanism added to the protocol to satisfy UL’s stringent interference protection requirements.
So, in addition to their use as automation devices, the new Z-Wave sensors can be specified by professionals as life-safety products as well.”
One of the largest whole home automation companies, Control4 offers a new Z-Wave bridge device for connectivity to smart home sensors and outlets modules.
Dallas, TX – September 15, 2016 – CEDIA EXPO 2016 – Booth 1910 – The Z-Wave Alliance, a global membership organization dedicated to advancing the popular Z-Wave wireless smart home protocol, is excited to announce that Control4 has joined its membership. Control4, a global provider of automation and networking systems for homes and businesses, delivers an elegant and personal way to control lighting, music, movies, security, comfort, and more, in a single room or throughout the home.
By joining the Z-Wave Alliance, Control4 will expand its interoperability and offer both their customers and their certified custom integrators greater choice in smart home automation devices. At CEDIA 2016, Control4 is announcing that its entire line of EA Series controllers is now Z-Wave Certified via a new plug-in Z-Wave module, including the EA-1 for single room and the EA-3 and EA-5 controllers for whole home entertainment and automation, with supported Z-Wave devices, including sensors and outlet modules.
“We believe in interoperability and choice for dealers and consumers,” said Brad Hintze, Senior Director of Product Marketing for Control4. “Adding Z-Wave provides additional support for Control4 systems in both lighting and security that enhance our smart home solutions in an industry-standard way without needing to build proprietary products.”
Control4 joins over 375 additional Z-Wave Alliance members in supporting the Z-Wave standard in smart homes around the world. Found in both DIY and professionally installed solutions, Z-Wave has had growing success in the pro channel in the last several years. The Z-Wave Alliance now offers certification for any dealer looking for more technical training and an installer toolkit to make adding Z-Wave to any home simple and efficient.
“Control4 is one of the most respected and adopted whole home control solutions in the market – we are thrilled to welcome them to the Alliance,” said Mitchell Klein, Executive Director of the Z-Wave Alliance. “This milestone is an important proof point for the entire Z-Wave ecosystem; over the last year, we’ve seen increased adoption from both DIY and installed smart home manufacturers, global service providers, popular home security companies and leaders in the custom installer channel. Z-Wave is a flexible platform that will continue to support a growing ecosystem.”