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Z-Wave Plus Certification Program

Towards the end of last year the Z-Wave Alliance announced a new Z-Wave Plus Certification program.

This program is based around the new Z-Wave 500 series chip-set and will certify that products meet the Z-Wave Plus Standard. Z-Wave Plus is an enhanced version of the Z-Wave standard providing “better range, extended battery life and an improved user experience.” It will be backwards-compatible with products supporting previous versions of the Z-Wave standard.

Z-Wave Plus is designed to be more “plug and play” than current versions of Z-Wave. What this means in practise is that new devices will be automatically identified by the Z-Wave controller and added to the system - no more 'adding' and 'including' devices.

This new program will also open up new markets for Z-Wave. It will be more easily integrated into appliances like set-top boxes, TVs and routers. This will make building your smart home and getting various types of appliances working together, much easier for all of us.

As I mentioned earlier, Z-Wave Plus is based on the new 500 series chip-set, which was launched last year. It will take a while for the device vendors to design new devices based on the new chips. Currently the vast majority of Z-Wave devices are based on the 300 series, recent new devices from the likes of Philio are using the 400 series chips.

Therefore, we'd expect to see the first Z-Wave Plus devices to be available towards the end of 2014.

This sounds like quite a way off, especially as we're only at the end of January, but time moves quickly and Z-Wave Plus devices will be here before you know it.

What this does mean is that Z-Wave will be adopted into wider areas of our life and be easier to use, Z-Wave will continue to be the best wireless home automation technology.

Mark

Author David Bell

About the Author

David Bell is the founder of Vesternet. As a contributing author on popular smart home topics including Z-Wave & Zigbee, he’s been cited in a multitude of popular websites, forums & articles over the past 10 years and continues to publish regularly on Vesternet.

With over 25 years in business, and 15 years in home automation, he also heads up all of Vesternet’s commercial initiatives throughout various online channels as an expert in sales, marketing & growth strategies.

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