Z-Wave celebrates 2015 milestones and discusses 2016 goals
Z-Wave Alliance, the group of home technology companies aimed at making Z-Wave technology the standard for wireless home control products, has announced their year-end milestones. Since early 2015, the Z-Wave ecosystem has garnered almost 100 new member companies, produced 250 certified devices and shipped 15 million smart home devices into the marketplace.
"2015 has been an extraordinary year of growth for the Z-Wave platform with market adoption at its peak in home security, experiencing growth in the telco industry and poised for take-off at consumer retail," Mitchell Klein, executive director of the Z-Wave Alliance, said in a statement. "Our goals for 2016 include looking at partnerships to ensure Z-Wave is part of all smart home solutions, launching an IoT security framework to make Z-Wave devices the most secure on the market and giving consumers resources to help them understand benefits of the smart home."
This year, Z-Wave has seen the addition of a new installer training program, integrator level membership, as well as global partnerships with telcos like Unicom in China and Orange in France. Z-Wave has also launched the Z-Wave Security 2 (S2) framework aimed at making IoT security for residential smart home products and homes with Z-Wave devices un-hackable.
"2016 will see a surge of new, smart connected products entering the market. While end-point products may appeal to consumers, real value is derived by giving consumers access to an established ecosystem of products," Tom Kerber, Director, Research, Home Controls & Energy at Parks Associates, said in a statement. "The Z-Wave Alliance's rapidly growing ecosystem extends its strong position in the professional security and smart home channel."
The Z-Wave Alliance membership grew by 30% in 2015. The Alliance launched a new certified training program aimed at giving installers tools and best practices for deploying Z-Wave smart home solutions as well as a new membership level in the Alliance for the integrator community. The Alliance also continued to support startups and entrepreneurs in the smart home space through its Z-Wave Labs competition. The Alliance named 6 companies or individuals as Z-Wave Labs winners and awarded them full membership and Z-Wave IoT developer kits.