Z-Wave Alliance Announces Z-Wave Long Range Spec

The Z-Wave Alliance, a standards organization dedicated to developing and advancing the popular Z-Wave wireless smart home protocol, has announced its new Z-Wave Long Range (Z-Wave LR) specification. 


Engineered to provide significantly extended wireless range and support robust networks, Z-Wave LR extends Z-Wave connectivity beyond the interior boundaries of the home to improve wireless transmission range of peripheral Z-Wave devices such as door locks, garage door sensors, gate access solutions, and more, while increasing scalability to over 2,000 nodes on a single smart home network. 


Developed and managed by the new Z-Wave Alliance Technical & Certifications workgroup, Z-Wave LR ushers in a new era of Z-Wave connectivity and brings expanded options for the smart home, multi-dwelling units and hospitality use cases.

According to the Z-Wave Alliance, its new protocol provides a number of advantages that include:


Increased Coverage 
To ensure complete home or building coverage, or to expand the network into the yard, most Z-Wave installations today leverage Z-Wave repeaters to strengthen and expand coverage. Z-Wave LR eliminates the need for a repeater within the network by increasing the transmission range found in Z-Wave. Increased range unlocks new potential for Z-Wave networks, making it easier than ever before to enroll smart home and IoT devices deployed at the end of the yard or beyond for enhanced functionality.   


Increased Scalability
As the average number of installed smart home devices continues to increase, so too does the strain on the network. To support the upward trend in the number of sensor and IoT devices within homes and MDU environments, Z-Wave LR also increases scalability on a single smart home network to over 2,000 nodes – a 10-time increase from Z-Wave. 


Optimized Battery Life 
With dynamic power control to optimize operation, Z-Wave LR increases typical sensor use cases on a coin cell battery up to 10 years.


Interoperability and Backwards Compatibility 
As with all certified Z-Wave devices, Z-Wave LR devices can be installed within any Z-Wave network and feature interoperability and backwards compatibility with any previously installed Z-Wave device. 


Certification   
The Z-Wave LR specification will be managed and certified under the Z-Wave Plus V2 certification program, which currently mandates the inclusion of the enhanced S2 security framework as well as SmartStart, a setup feature that enables true plug and play for the consumer smart home. 

Technical details and an introduction to Z-Wave Long Range will be highlighted in a session at Works With bySilicon Labs Virtual Conference this week, September 9-10, 2020. 

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