The Z-Wave Alliance, the Standards Development Organization (SDO) dedicated to advancing the smart home and Z-Wave technology, has announced the newly elected Z-Wave Alliance Board of Directors.
Effective immediately, the updated roster of roles and representatives from across the connected home and IoT industry is as follows:
- Chairman of the Board – Jonathan Adams, Amazon
- Vice Chairman of the Board – John E Osborne II, LEXI Devices
- Treasurer – Kevin Kraus, ASSA ABLOY
- Secretary – Avi Rosenthal, bluesalve partners
- Executive Director – Mitch Klein, Silicon Labs
- Director – Jennifer Doctor, Johnson Controls Inc.
- Director – Stephen Haynes, Vivint
- Director – Andrew Weir, ADT
- Director – Gustaf Lonaeus, Alarm.com
- Director – James Wang, LEEDARSON
- Chair Emeritus – Jacob Alamat, Silicon Labs
According to the organization, the past two years has driven high levels of growth in the smart home industry. Data is showing that 55% of U.S. adults or 110 million people now own one or more smart home devices. Z-Wave boasts that it has experienced this first-hand with milestones such as the availability of the Z-Wave Long Range (LR) certification, achieving 4100 certified Z-Wave devices, and witnessing 90 million new devices enter the market since 2020.
Conversations concerning standards and protocols are at an all-time high. Amongst talk of one of the most anticipated new developments in the IoT, the Z-Wave Alliance points out that Jonathan Adams, an emerging technology leader at Amazon is seated at the head of the organization. Furthermore, the Alliance continues to benefit from the knowledge and expertise from the collective board, which includes leaders who are founding participants of Project CHIP and who currently hold chaired positions within both the Thread Group and the Connectivity Standards Alliance.
“Recently, the universally sourced, industry-rallying battle-cry has been that of interoperability,” says Mitch Klein, executive director of the Z-Wave Alliance.
“No other organization has as much experience at the helm as the Z-Wave Alliance, which has operated with interoperability as a core value for the past two decades. If the freshly elected Z-Wave Board of Directors proves anything, it is that industry leaders and trend setters echo our sentiment and see the future of Z-Wave as bright and opportunistic.”