Not much in the way of zwave announcements this year.
In addition to the Jasco/GE battery operated switches, Jasco also announced two new zwave plus sensors. One is a motion sensor, and the other is a motion/light/temperature multisensor. The motion sensor is available now, and the multi sensor is supposed to be available in a few months.
Requires a supported Z-Wave hub like SmartThings, Wink, Nexia, Trane, LG Smart Security, and Iris.
Nodon, a French company, also announced that its two battery operated zwave remotes will now be available in the US. Some of our UK community members have been using the octan model and there is a community created DTH for it. Looks like a nice device. With its wallmount, it’s the same size as a UK single gang switch.
Kwikset didn’t get a lot of coverage for their chunky “Obsidian” zwave plus model lock coming this spring, but I think it’s a nice option. The promo pictures didn’t really do it any favors, though.
An interesting announcement from Sigma designs, who make the Z wave chips. They said that 80% of IOT devices are still professionally installed. So they are reaching out to the group of independent installers, something they started at last year’s CES. This year they introduced Z-Wave Smart Start, which depends on some technical features now available in zwave plus and some new things coming with the Z2 security standard. They’re obviously trying to make installation look more like HomeKit installation.
What this will specifically let them do is let a company like, say, Xfinity, preconfigure devices while they are still at the warehouse to match a specific customer’s Z wave network, basically said the hub knows the device is coming ahead of time. They’re saying this should cut installation time in half for those situations. It’s not clear whether a DIY customer would get any advantage from this, maybe not, but it’s an interesting trend anyway.