Z-Wave

Amazon’s Decision on ZigBee vs. Z-Wave Makes No Sense

By Julie Jacobson · October 17, 2017 • Julie Jacobson and Avi Rosenthal wonder why Amazon chose ZigBee for Echo Plus home-automation hub, when Z-Wave is more interoperable, secure, supportable, and ubiquitous.

Z-Wave’s New ‘SmartStart’ Dramatically Simplifies Home Automation Installs

By Julie Jacobson · October 11, 2017 • SmartStart allows dealers and vendors to easily provision Z-Wave home automation devices off-site, so the entire system is ready control when the products are powered up at home. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Matrix Labs Unveils ‘Universal Enabler’ Device

By Jason Knott · October 5, 2017 • Matrix Labs’ $99 Creator allows communication among Z-Wave, ZigBee, Thread, IR, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

Best of DIY and Pro: UL-Listed Security Hub with SmartThings Inside, Monitored by ADT, Built on 2GIG

By Julie Jacobson · October 2, 2017 • Best Buy to sell new 2GIG-based security panel with Samsung SmartThings home-automation hub inside, including ZigBee, Z-Wave, Wi-Fi, security-sensor, and cellular radios. Presumably UL-listed for fire and life safety, with no-contract monitoring by ADT. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

CEDIA Q&A: August Home Talks Up its Z-Wave Retrofit August Smart Lock Pro

By CE Pro Editors · August 31, 2017 • Visit August Home at CEDIA 2017 to hear about its August Pro division and see the August Smart Lock Pro, a Z-Wave compatible, retrofit lock.

Will.i.am and Wink’s First Z-Wave Devices: A Shift in Smart-Home Strategy?

By Julie Jacobson · August 6, 2017 • FCC filings reveal Wink Labs, the home-automation developer recently acquired by will.i.am (i.am+), is making its own Z-Wave security peripherals for the first time -- after years of handing that business to third-party IoT device makers. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Swidget Modular Outlet Turns Any Home Into a Smart Home Using Existing Wiring

By Chelsea Cafiero · July 27, 2017 • A Kickstarter campaign for the modular electrical outlet called Swidget has reached 93% of its goal in two days.

Sigma Designs, Owner of Z-Wave Home Automation Tech, Ponders Sale or Spinoffs

By Julie Jacobson · July 26, 2017 • Sigma Designs (SIGM) shares were up 5% pre-market on news that it's considering "strategic alternatives" that might include divesting its Z-Wave home-automation group, selling the company or otherwise restructuring.

NuBryte Goes ‘Pro’; Drops DIY Channel

By Jason Knott · May 15, 2017 • Smart home control maker NuBryte changes direction to target CE pros, drops ecommerce and retail, and ups Touchpoint MSRP by 46% to add margin.

Yale’s Assure Lock SL Electronic Deadbolt Works with Smart-Home Systems

By Robert Archer · April 24, 2017 • Yale Assure Lock SL integrates into security systems from companies like Alarm.com, ADT, Honeywell and Qolsys, as well as smart-home systems like Samsung's SmartThings and Wink.

Surprising New Trend in Security and Home Automation: Adding Multiroom Audio

By Julie Jacobson · April 12, 2017 • Alarm.com, Honeywell and start-up Huny show whole-house audio integrated with security and home automation – a first for the alarm industry with potential to lure in traditional A/V dealers.

Z-Wave Smart-Home Devices Just Got a Security Mandate

By Chelsea Cafiero · April 6, 2017 • The Z-Wave Alliance will now require mandatory implementation of the new Security 2 (S2) framework.

August Launches Z-Wave Smart Lock for Home-Automation and Security Pros at ISC

By Julie Jacobson · April 4, 2017 • Touting home-automation integration, August Home is launching a Z-Wave door lock at ISC West, specifically for the professional installation channel. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Monitor, Control Z-Wave Products via Pro Control with Pro.zwi Z-Wave Interface

By Robert Archer · March 23, 2017 • The Pro.zwi Z-Wave interface enables cost-effective monitoring and control of Z-Wave-enabled systems and devices via a Pro Control Z Series system.

Z-Wave Products Announces Network Testing and Troubleshooting Tool

By Robert Archer · February 27, 2017 • Z-Wave Toolbox is the first solution available to dealers to help them to quickly and efficiently install Z-Wave products.

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