The Z-Wave Alliance announced its 1,000th Z-Wave certified product—Linear Corporation’s GD00Z Z-Wave garage door controller. The Z-Wave Alliance is an open consortium of leading global companies deploying Z-Wave technology, which is now the largest ecosystem for wireless control products and services. The milestone is a harbinger of things to come for smart connected devices in the Internet of Things (IoT).
Gone could be the days when one had to search for the garage door opener, turn on the lights, then unlock the door. The Linear GD00Z Garage Door Controller is compatible with virtually any automatic garage door opener connected to a sectional garage door. Installers only need to pair the unit to a Z-Wave gateway, mount the unit, connect two wires and plug it in. The garage door is then remotely controllable through any Z-Wave certified gateway or security panel, providing both audible and visual warnings prior to door movement. Avi Rosenthal, VP Security/Control at Linear goes on to say, "Convenience is a major attraction of the smart home value proposition, and there's no more convenient way to activate scenes than by simply entering or exiting the garage, pressing the same easy button that we already do every day. We think that homeowners will love the convenience."
In all, more than 250 international manufacturers and service providers comprise the Z-Wave Alliance membership. Z-Wave wireless control powers North American market leaders Ingersoll Rand, Evolve, and Jasco/GE, as well as AT&T, Verizon, Lowes, and Staples. And Z-Wave is found in virtually every residential alarm panel from ADT, Vivint, Honeywell, and 2GIG by Linear.
Heading into 2014, the IoT will increasingly take center stage. In the future, almost every device and service in the home, in an office building, on the road, and across cities will be able to be connected and working together. Manufacturers across a broad range of industries need to incorporate smart, connected devices into their products to be competitive and differentiate themselves in the marketplace. With more than 1,000 products using the Z-Wave technology, it appears that competing technologies like Zigbee continue to be left behind as the IoT takes shape.