Z-WaveTM as Home Control RF Platform
In recent years wireless home control products like light switches, thermostats, blinds/drapes, appliance controls, energy management and access controls have reached the market. In order to have a true mass-market for home controls, it is important to have a low cost technology, which is easy to install and operate. This requires a lightweight system, which, from the end-user or installer point of view, is easy to install and requires no ongoing network management. The network must be a self-organized mesh network, ensuring error free communication and, in the case of malfunction, using self-healing mechanisms to re-establish a reliable network. To support a full home control system, the technology must be designed to support horizontal applications, enabling different product types from various vendors to communicate with each other and use each others functionality (for example a movement sensor turns on a light switch).