Why Z-wave will soon take over security standards?

Z-Wave Man Logo_Low-res_678x452UL has approved the latest Z-Wave protocol for UL 1023 compliance, giving Z-Wave the green light forprofessional alarm installations, and mitigating consumer concerns about hacking the smart home.There was a big announcement yesterday about Z-Wave winning compliance from ULfor life-safety (burglary) applications. While we won’t see UL-listed Z-Wave sensors until much later in the year, the news is a really big deal. Professional security dealers have been stuck with one-way 300/400 MHz sensors for eternity. They install maybe 20 million of them every year. With UL listings for security, Z-Wave sensors will replace a good chunk of these legacy devices, which will reduce the cost of Z-Wave and, most importantly, create an end-to-end UL-listed ecosystem for both life-safety and lifestyle. Z-Wave door locks, garage-door controllers, security systems – just about everything except smoke/fire detection for now – will have the UL stamp of approval for encryption and anti-jamming. Come 2017, Z-Wave likely will become the new standard for wireless security.


A board member of the Z-Wave Alliance, Rosenthal says UL has never certified mesh-networking products for life-safety. While rival home-automation protocol ZigBee has some UL-compliant life-safety devices, those products have mesh-networking disabled, resulting in a short-range, point-to-point solution694cca83_Z-Wave_Alliance_Logo

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