GearBrain has tested and written about Z-Wave products and services over the years. And we helped everyone understand how all these smart devices work and connect. Knowing about interoperability is a big issue for consumers and security. Z-Wave has always been there helping to ensure that user devices are connected and secure in their smart homes. Today, the Z-Wave Alliance, the Standards Development Organization (SDO) dedicated to advancing smart home technology and Z-Wave, announced the end of the Z-Wave Source Code project , new source code to help continue and shape this mission. the future of the Z-Wave protocol.
The Z-Wave Source Code Project, published and made available on GitHub to Alliance members, opens up Z-Wave development and enables members to contribute code to shape the future of the protocol under the supervision of the new OS Working Group ( OSG).
The goal of the project is to provide a rich development environment containing the relevant source code and example applications for those who want to play a direct role in advancing the Z-Wave standard. The quality and interoperability of products using Z-Wave Source Code will also be enforced through a new mandatory Silicon & Stack Certification program. Full Z-Wave certification will continue to test and certify your Z-Wave S2 security, network connectivity, range, battery life, and interoperability including backward and forward compatibility.
“The Z-Wave Alliance is deeply committed to the global smart home market,” said Mitch Klein, Executive Director of the Z-Wave Alliance. “This year the smart home conversations focused a lot on Content. Shiny and new, and with big brands backing the initiative, Matter is bringing a lot of attention to the smart home. This makes it easy to overlook Z-Wave as the most established, reliable and secure smart home protocol, which also happens to have the largest certified interoperable ecosystem in the market. We firmly expect Z-Wave to play a central role in connecting devices and delivering the experience users want.”
As the Alliance worked to complete the Source Code project, Z-Wave experienced significant growth achieving milestones such as the availability of Z-Wave Long Range (LR) certification, surpassing 4100 Z-certified devices -Wave in the market, and see 90 million new. Z-Wave devices enter the market from 2020. (Here’s GearBrain’s coverage of this historic achievement.)
In 2020, when the Z-Wave Alliance announced that Silicon Labs was contributing the Z-Wave code to the organization, the Alliance was re-incorporated as an independently run, member-driven, non-profit SDO. Over the past 20 months, feature-specific technical working groups such as the physical layer (mac/PHY) working group, networking layer working group, application layer working group (command class specification), and security working group have collaborated to create the Z to complete. – Wave Project Source Code.
Completed in beta testing and shared with members at the Z-Wave Member Summit, Exegin Technologies has completed the migration of the Z-Wave Source Code to third-party silicon. The operation is described in a blog on the Z-Wave Alliance website. The proof-of-concept network shows how the Z-Wave Source Code package will provide developers and manufacturers with flexible implementations from the controller (hub/bridge) to end devices. Extrapolated further, the implementation could be for new controllers, such as Z-Wave/Matter compatible bridges, and for Z-Wave or Z-Wave/Matter end devices.
Silicon Labs, one of the main code contributors to both Matter and Z-Wave, has developed a multi-protocol software development kit, the Unify SDK, for Matter-based hubs and bridges. The software tool provides interoperability between the various wireless IoT protocols, including Z-Wave and Matter. The Unify SDK provides manufacturers and developers with tools to connect both new and legacy Z-Wave devices to new Matter devices.
“This is an incredible year for the smart home industry and an exciting time for verticals we see growing including MDU, hospitality, energy and insurance,” concluded Klein. “As an SDO, membership is the key to the future of Z-Wave technology. With a new BoD led by Amazon’s Jonathan Adams and John Osborne II who chaired Project CHIP, the industry will begin to recognize and embrace all the shiny parts of Z-Wave.”
If you are interested in learning more or joining the Z-Wave Alliance, you can visit http://z-wavealliance.org .
GearBrain wants to see the new devices and systems that come to market because of this new source code. And it’s nice to see Z-Wave working with Matter controllers to once again help the consumer overcome any interoperability issues or challenges.
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