Z-Wave Alliance Announces SmartThings As New Principal and Board Member

The Z-Wave Alliance, an open consortium of leading global companies deploying Z-Wave, the world’s largest ecosystem of wireless control products and services, is pleased to announce that SmartThings has become a Member of the Alliance’s Board of Directors.

smartthings_logoSmartThings is an open platform that offers users the easiest way to turn their home into a smart home, bringing peace of mind, savings, and convenience. The system consists of a central Hub that can communicate with over 150 devices and is controlled through a single mobile app. Since the company was acquired by Samsung in August 2014, the number of devices and apps created for the platform has doubled, with more than 10,000 developers and over 1 million installed SmartApps.

The arrival of SmartThings to the Z-Wave Alliance Board of Directors adds a significant level of credibility to an already impressive list of industry-leading board members - a list that includes ADT, Evolve Guest Controls, FAKRO, Ingersoll-Rand, Jasco Products, LG Uplus, Nortek Security & Control, and Sigma Designs.

“SmartThings is a welcome addition to the Z-Wave Alliance Board of Directors,” said Alliance Chairman Mark Walters. “The incredible growth they’ve experienced in just over two years – culminating in their purchase by Samsung – is a testament to their understanding of the smart home market and a validation of their platform. This kind of market insight and technical expertise will prove instrumental in helping the Z-Wave Alliance guide the future of our industry-leading technology.”

Mary Miller, Senior Director of Corporate Marketing for Sigma Designs, another Principal and Board member of the Alliance, was enthusiastic about the Board’s newest constituent.

“The SmartThings home control platform, which works with Z-Wave, is at the forefront of connected home systems that are bringing this technology to a rapidly growing audience and making homes more intelligent,” she said. “With SmartThings now on the Alliance Board, we have another powerful Z-Wave advocate working to ensure that Z-Wave continues to grow and expand its leadership role in the Internet of Things (IoT) for smart home industry.”

“It’s an exciting time for SmartThings to join the Z-Wave Alliance Board of Directors,” said Dan Lieberman, Head of Research & Standards at SmartThings. "Support for Z-Wave has been central to SmartThings’ open platform ecosystem, and we look forward to working with the Z-Wave Alliance to continue to improve device interoperability to make it easier for consumers to turn their homes into smart homes.”

Since its introduction to the market in 2003, Z-Wave has been the wireless technology of choice for the residential and commercial security markets. Z-Wave is the technology used by all major home security providers for lighting, locks and thermostats. Z-Wave technology has also been the wireless connectivity solution selected by a number of other major service providers, including: AT&T, Orange, Verizon, Bell Aliant, and Century Link. Z-Wave products are also available direct to consumers through major retailer and e-tailers in the US and Europe. Adopted by over 300 worldwide market leaders, Z-Wave is fully interoperable between all brands and is fully backward-compatible between versions.

For more information about the Z-Wave Alliance, visit http://z-wavealliance.org/. For more information about SmartThings, please visit http://www.smartthings.com/.

from: The Internet of Things is Powered by Z-Wave - Z-Wave Alliance


I really like this, but so far, SmartThings “sorta works with Zwave,” like those eSurance commercials with “sorta your prescription.” Lacking support for full option scenes and zwave secondary controllers is a big gap.

Hopefully this is part of the “investment in certification” mentioned in the article on hiring Hsu, and SmartThings will commit to support the full zwave standard in the future.

Can anyone comment on how this will impact ST’s current openness? Z-Wave is pretty closed, while ST tends to be a lot more open.

For example, it’s impossible to find good documentation on z-wave command classes on the Z-Wave website (without paying a LARGE fee) and access to the SDK also requires buying about $3k worth of dev kit hardware.

On the other hand, ST is fairly open (if a bit outdated) on the publishing of command class information (in regards to how it applies to ST at least.) In fact, using the information from ST, it’s possible to decipher a lot of other z-wave information that isn’t generally available.

Will this news cause ST to be more closed, or z-wave to be more open, or will it have no impact whatsoever?

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