Z-Wave Program Brings TCP/IP into Wireless Home Control Equation
In a huge step forward for wireless home control, Z-Wave developer Zensys said it launched a program to bring Z-Wave and TCP/IP, the protocol that drives internet and other networking traffic, closer together. Zensys hailed the convergence program as “game-changing news for the home control and automation market.”
The Z/IP program will also find Zensys licensing the Z-Wave protocol to other silicon manufacturers.
Z/IP, while adding TCP/IP services to Z-Wave nodes, will be backwards-compatible with existing Z-Wave products. “In addition, it will allow the use of proven Z-Wave device and command classes in TCP/IP networks,” said Zensys. Such convergence will result, the company said, in “the transparent use of home control applications from any location using any device, gateway or network.” Zensys claims tha a study this year co-authored by the Z-Wave Alliance found that 72 percent of Americans “want to monitor their home while away.”
“We’re approaching this as entering the next phase in the development of Z-Wave,” said Z-Wave Alliance Chairman Mark Walters. “We’ve already proven the success of the Z-Wave Alliance in building an ecosystem of interoperable, low-cost Z-Wave products and based on the potential around adding the use of native TCP/IP protocols for sensor networks, we’re confident that now is the time to bring Z-Wave to markets that have been closed to Z-Wave in the past. By licensing Z-Wave to other chip manufacturers, we’re removing the key hurdle for Z-Wave in the marketplace while continuing to drive Z-Wave innovation.”
“Given the continued success and market adoption of interoperable Z-Wave solutions, we are launching the Z/IP program to take Z-Wave to the next level of worldwide adoption,” said Zensys CEO Tony Shakib. “In order to accomplish this, we are making two significant advances: converging Z-Wave with TCP/IP to embrace the larger user community, and licensing the Z-Wave protocol to other silicon manufacturers. The decision to connect Z-Wave with TCP/IP resulted from our growing partnership with leading consumer electronics manufacturers such as Cisco and Linksys.”