Z-Wave is going global
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You did not need to be an expert in the home automation industry to work out that Z-Wave would eventually turn into a global company. With the recent news of their 650th certified product, it was only a matter of time before the technology started to take off internationally. Over the last week, two domestic markets have started to implement the technology; Brazil and Japan, the latter of which could be hugely significant for international development. Here, we will look at how Z-Wave has moved into these two markets.
Z-Wave moves into the Japanese market
In what could be a huge move for Z-Wave technology, Sigma Designs, a leading System-on-Chip Company, mentioned that Japan's Ministry of Telecommunications has given the thumbs-up to a frequency range for low-powered RF device usage. This means that these devices can be used without any radio station licensing.
Ironically Sigma Designs are one of two chip makers for Z-Wave home control technology. They have a great central location in Japan that could not be used for Z-Wave chip distribution locally because of this limitation. However, this is now no longer the case. This change means that the chips will shortly be marketed to Japanese companies who will then start to implement them into their products. Many professionals, both business analysts and home automation experts are expecting that this market will be one of the fastest growing developments in the country over the next few years because in part due to the money saving features that the products offer to those who use them correctly.
Z-Wave moves into the Brazilian market
Much the same as Japan, the Z-Wave alliance announced the sanction of the frequency band in Brazil. It is once again believed that as the largest country in South America items with the Z-Wave technology will now be mass marketed.
Jean Pascal De Simone was installed as the leader of the Z-Wave alliance for Brazil and Latin America, and he was the one to bring the first Z-Wave devices to Brazil at a time when this technology had not even been heard about. As a man with 20 years of experience in this field, it is believed he is the ideal man to take things forward.
Sigma Designs held an introduction to this technology at the Predial Tec 2012 Expo in Sao Paolo, Brazil in early August. The event had hundreds of registrations and eventually there were no more spaces. It was packed full of those interested in obtaining the technology and finding out more about how it has been successful in America. Due to this rather unexpected flurry, many are now predicting that home automation products with Z-Wave technology will also end up being one of the biggest new markets in South America in the next decade.
It is no surprise that this market is becoming a success story. As sales continue to increase in the UK and America, it was only a matter of time before international markets picked up on the increase, and once that happened it was only natural that a domino like effect occurred.