Fresh off of its announcement that it had acquired digital health firm Withings S.A., news broke this week that telco giant Nokia has joined the Z-Wave Alliance, a global membership organization that is dedicated to advancing the Z-Wave wireless smart home protocol. As a company that provides technology offerings to help communication service providers, governments, and large enterprises deliver cloud, 5G, and Internet of Things solutions, Nokia will now implement Z-Wave into its latest generation of home gateway products.
"The size of the Z-Wave ecosystem and the functionality of the platform will allow Nokia to combine our core offerings of residential gateways for communication and entertainment to gateways that support Internet of Things functionality," Leopold Diouf, General Manager Digital Home at Nokia, said in a statement. "Smart home is one of our strategic focus areas and the Alliance will absolutely accelerate these efforts. To realize the full potential of the smart home, interoperability is key. Being able to leverage the Z-Wave Alliance renowned certification program and work with Z-Wave vendors who have already been certified will significantly support our ability to deliver a robust offering."
Nokia joins an organization that has almost 400 members supporting the Z-Wave standard in smart homes around the world. In the past year, Z-Wave said it has experienced tremendous growth, increasing its membership by 25 percent and realizing 50 million devices shipped globally.
"We are excited to welcome Nokia to the Alliance. With their stellar reputation in the telecommunications industry and their gateway product, Nokia will be an excellent addition to the myriad of diverse smart home devices in our ecosystem," Mitchell Klein, executive director of the Z-Wave Alliance, said in the statement. "We've seen time and again that big players looking to grow their presence in IoT choose Z-Wave because of our interoperability, brand diversity and technology strengths that are unparalleled in the smart home space."
For more info, check out the Z-Wave Alliance website.