Z-Wave Welcomes Apple To Home Control Space

Leading Wireless Smart Home Technology Sees New Market Expansion

MILPITAS, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 9, 2014) - The Z-Wave Alliance, an open consortium of leading global companies deploying Z-Wave, the world's largest ecosystem for wireless control products and services, is pleased to recognize Apple's entry into the home control market. The introduction of the company's HomeKit platform is expected to expand consumer interest in smart home products and services, where the Z-Wave ecosystem is a long-time market leader.

"Apple's announcement of HomeKit at its recent World Wide Developers Conference is great news for Z-Wave and the home control industry," said Z-Wave Alliance Chairman Mark Walters. "It proves that companies as prominent as Apple see home control as an important a part of our connected lives. Since HomeKit doesn't endorse a specific smart device protocol, every one of our 1000+ Z-Wave devices can be part of the market interest that Apple will help create. Z-Wave has been building this market worldwide since 2005, and we look forward to this newest expansion furthering the Z-Wave ecosystem's central role in smart homes and the IoT."

Since its introduction to the market in 2005, Z-Wave has been the wireless technology of choice for the residential and commercial security markets. More than 90% of the smart security systems in the U.S. are powered by Z-Wave, and the technology enjoys extensive presence in hospitality industry, home and commercial energy management, as well as solutions for the growing senior monitoring sector. Adopted by over 250 worldwide market leaders and featuring over 1,000 certified products in its ecosystem, Z-Wave is fully interoperable between all brands and is fully backward-compatible between versions.

Because it operates in the sub-GHz band, Z-Wave control experiences no 2.4 GHz interference, and because it is a mesh-networking technology, operating range is expanded with every device in the network. Z-Wave's industry-leading low energy consumption allows sensors and other battery-operated devices the longest, most reliable performance between battery changes.