There are a number of wireless standards that are used for
home automation and Z-Wave is one such technology. Z-Wave is a wireless and RF based communication technology developed specifically for residential applications and very light commercial applications. It is one of the most widely used wireless standard and according to the Z-Wave Alliance, there are over 1300 certified devices on the market with 50 million units sold that offer compatibility with Z-Wave. The Z-Wave Alliance was formed in 2005, and is comprised of a group of home control product manufacturers. Z-Wave is viewed as a key enabler for the concept of Internet-of-Things. Reliability, affordability and ease of use are some of the key benefits of Z-Wave. This technology has been designed specifically for applications such as monitoring, control and reading of status. The ITU-T Recommendation G.9959 has defined the PHY and MAC layers for Z-Wave and it supports data rates up to 100 Kbps.
In terms of range, Z-Wave operates in the sub 1 GHz band and this is superior to the competing ZigBee technology in terms of range. However, the use of sub-1 GHz range necessitates the use of a larger antenna and this poses to be a problem as today’s devices and appliances are heading towards miniaturization. Another major issue for Z-Wave is interoperability. Given the fact that Z-Wave is not an open protocol and requires licensing and runs specifically on silicon receivers, there is a limited set of appliances or devices that such architecture can support.
The Z-Wave Products Market can be segmented as
on the basis of product
- Controllers, Lighting Controllers/Devices, Energy Meter, Network Devices, Sensors, On/Off Switches/Devices, and Others
In terms of applications
- Smart Security, Connected Aging, Energy Management, Home Management and Others
Currently, North America accounts for the largest share of the overall Z-Wave product market on account of the adoption in the U.S. Europe follows second while growth in the Asia Pacific and South American regions are expected to grow slowly owing to the lack of awareness in these regions.
- North America, South America, APAC, Europe, Middle East and Africa
Sample Companies profiled in this report are:
- Sigma Designs