Lowe’s Iris to Launch First Ever UL-Compliant Z-Wave Garage Door Controller
Linear GD00Z-1 Z-Wave garage door remote controller, compatible with Lowe’s Iris home automation system, flashes a strobe and emits a noise for five seconds before closing during unattended operation.
Plenty of folks integrate garage door openers with home automation systems, but few do it to UL specification, Avi Rosenthal, Linear VP of security and integration, tells CE Pro.
He explains that Linear’s new Z-Wave-enabled module complies with UL 325-2010 safety requirements for remotely controlling garage door openers in an unattended mode, i.e., without line of sight.
If you want to set your garage door to close on a timer, or operate it via the Internet or even the bedroom, that’s what you want ... rather than non-compliant products like the new Garageio , GoGogate or GarageMate or miDoor garage door controllers.
While these non-compliant products are not illegal per se, “No retail outlet will sell them without a UL listing—just like any other electrical product,” says Rosenthal.
The UL 325 spec was updated in 2009/2010 to address the many new automation options for garage doors, including the standalone products listed above, as well the common practice of professional installers and do-it-yourselfers integrating garage-door relays with a home control system.
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UL 325-2010 requires:
1. The feature must be utilized only on an operator equipped with a secondary entrapment protection system such as a photoelectric sensor.
2. The feature must be activated only when the operator is installed on a sectional door.
3. The operator must be equipped with an audible and visual warning system indicating a pending motion for 5 seconds before the door starts moving.
LiftMaster by Chamberlain was the first to incorporate the new requirements into its own IP-enabled MyQ series of garage door openers, along with a companion RF gateway for Web-based remote monitoring and control.
But Linear’s GD00Z is the first UL 325-2010-compliant device that can 1) work with virtually any legacy garage door opener and 2) employs Z-Wave for integration with a wide array of home automation systems.
If operated in an unattended mode, the device will activate a white LED strobe and emit a loud beep for five seconds before closing the door.
The unit features the same security measures available in the Z-Wave specifications for automated door locks, according to Rosenthal.
In addition to Lowe’s Iris, Linear plans to partner with iControl, which powers the ADT Pulse security/home automation system. It is unclear whether the product will be integrated into the Alarm.com ecosystem, which already includes Liftmaster.
Available initially through Lowe’s, and compatible out of the gate with the Lowe’s Iris home automation system, the controller is expected to retail for about $99 when it ships in March 2014.
Linear’s GD00Z-1 Z-Wave garage door controller