Z-Wave technology takes off for IoT applications in Smart Homes

2014 successes include double digit sales growth, significant increases in global reach and new Z-Wave Plus product introductions, according to Sigma Designs

Z-Wave technology takes off for IoT applications in Smart Homes

Sigma Designs, a provider of intelligent system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for Smart TV, Internet of Things for Smart home and set-top-boxes (STBs), has announced that 2014 represented a ‘tremendous’ year of growth for Z-Wave wireless technology through new vertical channels, global deployments and new product introductions.

Key milestones identified by Sigma include:

• Sales of Z-Wave chips and modules achieved double digit growth over 2013 bringing the world-wide total to more than 35 million Z-Wave enabled devices
• A majority of the leading US home security companies use Z-Wave technology for their home automation offerings
• Telecom operators including AT&T, Verizon, and Orange Telecom have selected Z-Wave for their home control services
• Z-Wave products are gaining momentum in retail stores and outselling other IoT protocols by a wide margin
• Z-Wave Plus products were introduced to the market, offering extended features and simplifying installation.

A frequency standard for the Korean market was added to the list of Z-Wave approved frequencies and was added to the Z-Wave SDK 6.51.03. The approval of these frequencies for control and automation applications brings the benefits of the world-standard Z-Wave wireless protocol to the world's most advanced nation for information and communications technology (ICT), according to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

Consumers and businesses are increasingly looking to deploy smart devices that can offer benefits including improved security, comfort, communications and energy efficiency. Z-Wave wireless technology is at the heart of The Internet of Things and the smart home, providing industry-leading reliability, ease of installation and interoperability.

Unlike competing technologies, Z-Wave is a single open standard, using wireless mesh networking technology (ITU standard G.9959 with protocol stack from Sigma Designs) that offers interoperability built in at the application layer. This allows a wide array of devices to seamlessly communicate, including lighting, appliances, HVAC, and security systems.

"We are very pleased with the leadership position of Z-Wave in enabling the rapidly growing Internet of Things for the Smart Home. This year has been an outstanding year of growth, and we look forward to even more success next year," said Raoul Wijgergangs, vice president Z-Wave business line for Sigma Designs.

"At CES 2015 we are introducing additional capabilities to enhance development of Z-Wave compliant products, and we are focused on expanding in new markets and verticals, as well as growing the customer base and device ecosystem."

The Z-Wave ecosystem includes more than 1,200 certified devices from leading brands in their categories. According to Sigma, Z-Wave dominates the Smart Home space across various industries: service providers, security, energy, independent aging, commercial, hospitality, do-it-yourself (DIY), construction and retail.

Sigma added that ‘a strong branding and certification programme supports Z-Wave Alliance member companies and ensures consumers are receiving reliable products that will work as promised to connect to the Internet of Things’.

 

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