The Very First Z-Wave 700 Series Home-Automation Product
At CES 2019, Sensative shows flat “Strips” sensor with new 700 Series chipset, boasting 10-year battery life; Silicon Labs shows Z-Wave on Wireless Gecko.
Sensative, maker of Z-Wave sensors, could have the very first Z-Wave 700-Series home-automation device on the market.
“We may be the first to mount it into a PCB,” says Sensative founder Fredrik Westman.
Chip-maker Silicon Labs, which acquired the Z-Wave division of Sigma Designs last year, only began shipping the 700 Series on its Wireless Gecko platform a few weeks ago. The next-gen series enables longer battery life (10 years on a coin cell) and longer distances (150% increase for U.S. radios) than the previous 500 series.
The 700-Series availability on SiLabs’ Gecko platform is “huge,” according to Z-Wave Alliance executive director Mitch Klein. “It’s an established piece of silicon.”
Klein says the launch shows the real significance of having Silicon Labs as Z-Wave’s new partner: The group can speed time to market because of its established wireless platforms. SiLabs is already a leading provider of Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and ZigBee.
We should see more 700-series Z-Wave devices coming out in the next six months, according to Klein.
Back to the Sensative Strips … we raved about the industrial design a few years ago when the company showed a Strips door/window sensor. Since then, Sensative has launched a Strips temperature and light sensor, and a Strips leak/water detector.
In addition to the Z-Wave versions of these products, the company makes LoRa models with an eye towards smart cities, hotels and other large-scale properties.
LoRa is one of the up-and-coming standards for Low-Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) for long-range IoT communications over cellular.
Westman says the LoRa Strips can run 10 years on a coin cell, just like the Z-Wave versions.
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Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at email@example.com
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