Admit it, the term Z-Wave Automation sounds like some sort of sci-fi gadget or at least something futuristic that goes beyond the reality many of us are used to. Or maybe both, which makes it that much cooler.

The truth is actually ‘a  bit of all of the above’ —it’s futuristic, it’s something that’s actually becoming more and more of an important part of our new reality, and it’s very, very  cool.

Z-Wave is the generic term for the inter-operable configuration of low-frequency wireless devices that can be linked and controlled by RF signals. Homes with Z-Wave products allow homeowners to easily control and monitor everything from kitchen appliances to security systems, even light bulbs and locks, all from a central source, like a key fob, tablet or smart phone. It’s also used in hotels.

It’s the same philosophy of older generation’s ‘smart houses’ but much more smart.

Here’s why:

  • Instead of being restricted to one brand that must be distributed in every device, more than 600 manufacturers are now producing 2,100 connected products.
  • Instead of Wi-Fi or higher band technologies, Z-Waves are lower and not subject to interference
  • Instead of a signal being increasingly degraded by the number of connected devices under past ‘smart’ configurations, connected Z-Wave devices actually grow stronger the more devices are connected by boosting each other’s signals. (Digital Trends describes it colorfully as a colony of hyper-aware ants.

User-friendly

When you buy or install something with the Z-Wave logo, it’s actually not terribly complicated, according to the Z-Wave Alliance, the consortium of manufacturers, which declares that the whole concept is designed to be as easy to utilize and non-technical as possible.

Z-Wave unifies all your home electronics into an integrated wireless network, with no complicated programming and no new cables to run.

Any Z-Wave enabled device can be easily added to your existing home network, and many non-Z-Wave devices can be made compatible by simply plugging them into a Z-Wave accessory module. In seconds, your device gets joined to the network and can communicate wirelessly with other Z-Wave modules and controllers.

Even more exciting is that because there are so many products on the market, it’s easy to customize your set-up, everything from home entertainment to home energy. There are now even adapters to make non-Z-Wave products compatible.

Security benefits

The Z-Wave Alliance also reports that Z-Wave is now the technology protocol of choice for 90 percent of North American security companies for powering lifestyle solutions. It especially appeals to manufacturers because of its low bandwidth, high connectivity, backward compatibility and wide array of product choices.

For homeowners interested in creating something they can monitor from anywhere and also help set up themselves without complicated installations, Z-Wave products allow them to work with all of these things, everything from bulbs to thermostats.

Using this technology can provide peace of mind, especially for those who want to design their own security checklist and customize their own security set-up.

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Protect America customers can further benefit from the power of Z-Wave technology. Not only do they receive professionally monitored home security, but they can keep an eye on everything themselves through their smartphone or tablet.

If you’re interested in learning more about monitored home security options, get a free quote from Protect America today!