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Catch the Z-Wave

Posted: 01 Oct 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Z-Wave  home automation  sensor networks  wireless protocol 

Catch the Z-Wave

The last letter of the alphabet is suddenly very popular among developers of wireless sensors networks. It was just a year or two ago when marching bands of articles about 802.15.4 and ZigBee networks paraded on the pages of most technical magazines and journals. Interestingly enough, at about the same time, the Z-Wave protocol was introduced by the small Danish company Zensys.

For many people, Z-Wave's introduction passed unnoticed; slowly but surely, Z-Wave has built momentum and has now become a direct competitor to ZigBee in the home automation arena. Still, certain similarities with ZigBee's functionality, application, and name are keeping Z-Wave in the shadows for many ordinary developers.

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