Z-Wave is the leading international technology standard for wireless communication in so called Smart Homes. Smart Home means intelligent connection and automation of various functions within buildings as well as adjacent outdoor facilities. In doing so different electrical installations such as light switches, electronic door locks, heating thermostats, blind controls and other appliances are controlled by sensors, wall switches, remote controls, smartphones, tablet and desktop pc.
Customers can choose from an ever-growing number of different products from a growing number of global manufacturers. They all support the Z-Wave standard and guarantee full interoperability within a common home network.
As far as focussed standards go, Z-Wave is a massive ecosystem. There are over 700 companies manufacturing devices with over 3,000 unique products having been certified since the technology's inception. Each of those have been certified by the Z-Wave Alliance, a non-commercial organisation focussed on steering the development of Z-Wave as a technology and as a standard.
Brands which Z-Wave Europe distributes across Europe include;
Heating and climate
Z-Wave is an open wireless standard. The radio and MAC layer of the protocol is standardized by the International Telecommunications Union ITU-T and made available as standard G.9959.
Every hardware manufacturer, software manufacturer or system integrator can adopt Z-Wave just by using the Systems Development KIT provided by the chip manufacturer Silicon Labs.
For end consumers, it's the intent of the Z-Wave Alliance certification program that all certified devices work with all Z-Wave gateways and software. It can be imperfect, however, and consumers should compare compatibility-to-gateway lists published by some leading manufacturers. Aeotec maintains a list of Z-Wave gateway compatibilities at that link, for instance.
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