From Cruise Ships To Smart Homes With GOAP

You might have noticed a new Z-Wave brand on the market, Qubino. The Qubino Z-Wave modules are produced by GOAP Ltd., an automation company from Slovenia. The Qubino Z-Wave modules are designed and developed based upon customer and market requirements using GOAP’s 25 years of experience in the automation business. Over the past 25 years, GOAP has developed a collection of smart automation products for the leisure industry (hotels and cruise ships), professional real estate, as well as residential real estate. One of the biggest projects GOAP recently delivered in 2015 was an automation solution for 2000 cabins of the cruise ship P&O Britannica.

The Philosophy: Qubino Z-Wave Modules

Qubino’s research and development team is constantly working on identifying the next possible Z-Wave module. The philosophy behind the development of a new Qubino Z-Wave module can be easily described in the following steps:

  1. Identify a niche section within the home automation field. g. a Z-Wave dimmer module that actually works with as many light bulbs as possible.
  2. Create the smallest Z-Wave module for this market
  3. Make sure the installation and configuration process of the Z-Wave module is as simple as possible

Once the module is developed GOAP sends the module out to be tested against various safety standards and protocols. This ensures not only that Qubino modules are one of the highest quality modules on the market but also the safest ones.

A Symphony Of Tree

Currently GOAP has 3 modules that are being sold like “hot bagels”, these are the Qubino Dimmer module, the Qubino Shutter module (AC and DC variation) and the Qubino PMW Thermostat module.

Qubino Dimmer Module

GOAP’s most popular module is the Qubino Z-Wave Dimmer Module. The Qubino Dimmer Module is the first dimmer module, which supports a smooth dimming of the following lights:

  • Low voltage halogen lamps with electronic transformer
  • Dimmable compact fluorescent light
  • Dimmable LED bulbs
  • Classical incandescent lights
  • Halogen lamps operated by 230 VAC (High Voltage Halogen)
  • Dimmable fluorescent lights
  • Dimmable LED lights

One of the key features that makes this module stand out is that the same module can be used to adjust the light intensity of 110/230 VAC lights as well as 24 DC lights.

Due to its small size the dimmer module is easily installed behind your traditional wall switch, hiding the module from plain sight. The dimmer module can be controlled using Z-Wave or the buttons on the switch.

Additional to changing the light level of the connected light the dimmer module has the option to connect a thermostat sensor to the module allowing you to read the temperature in the room as well. This removes the need for an additional Z-Wave temperature sensor in the room. The temperature sensor does not need any battery (because it the module is connected to the power line) reducing the overall installation and maintenance cost.

Qubino Shutter Module

The shutter module is another all in one type of module, the module can be used to control the motor of blinds, rollers, shades, venetian blinds, windows, etc. A recently added, much requested, feature to the module is the support of venetian blind slats tilting.

There are two variations of the Qubino shutter module a 110/230 VAC version and a 12-24 VDC version. Both the AC and the DC version of the module measures the power consumption of the connected motor.

Just like the dimmer module the Qubino Shutter module is installed behind your standard switch (the module works with either a mono-stable switches (push button) or a bi-stable switches).

Same as with the Qubino Dimmer module an optional temperature sensor can be connected to the Qubino Shutter module as well.

Qubino PMW Thermostat Module

The Qubino PMW Thermostat module is used to regulate the temperature using full wave PWM technology. Because the module is using full wave PWM technology a better temperature regulation is achieved resulting that the room has a more constant temperature making you safe energy in the long run.

The PMW Thermostat module works on 110/230 VAC as well as 24V DC.

The thermostat module is in installed behind your traditional wall switch or inside a so called box. The module is then hidden either behind the switch or behind one of the available cover plates.

The external temperature sensor is directly connected to the Thermostat module and can be put inside the same casing as the module itself, though for a more accurate temperature measurement it is recommended that the temperature sensor is installed in it’s own box.

For more news regarding Qubino future products and product development visit http://qubino.com.

Original article from Z-Wave Alliance: http://z-wavealliance.org/from-cruise-ships-to-smart-homes/

 

What is Z-Wave Plus?

Z-Wave Plus

Z-Wave Plus™ is a new certification program designed to help consumers identify products that take advantage of the recently introduced ‘Next Gen’ Z-Wave hardware platform, also know as 500 Series, 5th Generation Z-Wave for Gen5. Z-Wave Plus certified solutions feature a selected set of extended features and capabilities that enhance the end user experience and make Z-Wave installations even faster and easier to install and set up.

Z-Wave has led the wireless home automation since the first Z-Wave product was certified in 2004. With the introduction of the Next-Gen, Z-Wave 500 series hardware platforms, Z-Wave has extended its capabilities, including increased range, extended battery life, Over The Air upgrading (OTA), additional RF channels and more – all of which are fully backwards compatible with existing Z-Wave products. These enhancements offer tremendous benefits in terms of shorter and easier installations, richer device profiles, improved self-healing and longer battery life.

With the new Z-Wave Plus certification program, the Z-Wave Alliance have introduced a new logo so that you can quickly identify Z-Wave Plus certified products and know that they incorporates the enhanced capabilities of the Next Gen, Z-Wave 500 series.

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Z-Wave Plus Features

  • Significant increased range – up to 150m (clear air)
  • 50% improvement in battery life
  • 250% more bandwidth
  • Three F channels for improved noise immunity and higher bandwidth
  • New Plug-n-Play Network-wide Inclusion feature
  • Improved self-healing and fault tolerance with Explorer Frame feature
  • Standardised method for Over the Air firmware updates (OTA)
  • Improved product information capture for product certification database

Z-Wave Plus in Practice

The features of the Z-Wave Plus devices is a great extension to Z-Wave and will help you make the most robust, solid wireless home automation system possible. But, you need to be a little careful of expectations – especially as the first devices are introduced that use the new features and command classes used in the Z-Wave 500 series.

If you have a complete Z-Wave Plus system, where every device was based on the Z-Wave 500-series, then you would have not issues. They would work together seamlessly (better than and Z-Wave system so far), and you would get all the benefits that the new features offer such as extended battery life, much longer range and increased bandwidth. However, this is probably not the way you’ll initially use them – you’ll use them with existing Z-Wave devices, sensors and controllers based on the 300- and 400-series Z-Wave chips. This is where you need to be a little careful.

Battery Life

The battery life for Z-Wave Plus devices is significantly improved over previous generations. It doesn’t relay on any other devices in the system, therefore, you will see the extended battery life offered by Z-Wave Plus devices – up to 50% longer than existing devices.

Range

The range of devices relies heavily on other devices in the network. If you are using a mix of Z-Wave Plus and existing devices you will not see the increase in range offered by Z-Wave Plus. The main consideration is the Z-Wave controller – if the controller is not Z-Wave Plus enabled than all devices added to that controller’s network will default to acting as Z-Wave. This is because Z-Wave Plus is back-wards compatible with Z-Wave devices, when it is installed with Z-Wave devices it behave just like a Z-Wave device as those existing devices have no way to communicate with it using Z-Wave Plus commands.

If you do have a Z-Wave Plus controller, then you will start to see the range benefits of Z-Wave Plus, but make sure that the other devices in the ‘route’ to the Z-Wave Plus device are also compatible. Otherwise, it will again default to operating as a plain Z-Wave device.

Z-Wave plus has a lot of benefits and will enable us to create more robust and feature rich systems. As with many new technologies, it takes time for the new features to turn into realisable benefits as the surrounding technologies catch up.

 

Our Range of Z-Wave Plus Products

Qubino…coming soon (April/May 2015)

We are excited to announce that we are an official partner for Qubino in South Africa. We hope to have the new range of Qubino modules certified and available for sale in April/May 2015.

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Extremely low energy consumption
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How IoT changes business value

How IoT changes business value

The Internet of Things is not simply “the rise of the machines” – it’s an opportunity to improve the efficiency of your business.

The Internet of Things – or IoT for short – has the potential to not only offer business value and efficiency increases, but allow for cost savings.

Connected devices already outnumber the world’s population by 1.5 to 1, and the addition of everyday items could turn the world of physical machines and objects into a large, interconnected information system.

Analyst firm Gartner predicts that by 2020 the number of devices connected to the IoT will be 26 billion. Cisco’s latest Visual Networking Index shows the amount of devices connected to IP networks in 2016 will be nearly three times the global population.

What this means for your business

While the IoT is still in its infancy, it can already change the way you do business – allowing companies to prevent financial loss by eliminating waste or human error in the following ways:

  • Computers gathering information can tell when items need replacing, and are able to keep track of stock and place orders.
  • Computerised trucks are able to guide drivers while parking or navigating, and alert them to faults before they occur.
  • Data analytics can result in business intelligence that affects all business functions from business strategy to customer service.
  • IoT is also set to dramatically increase productivity, with seamless location-tracking that saves time and money, while reducing waste.
  • ‘Smart grid’ technologies can help to control and minimise the use of power, while accessing alternative sources of energy – such as solar and wind.
  • In future, context-aware applications will be able to adapt office environments according to workers’ moods by changing the brightness of the lights or any music that is playing.

The IoT is set to change the way we live and work, boosting productivity and improving the performance of your business.

This article was published in partnership with Telkom.

Original article published by mybroadband.co.za http://mybroadband.co.za/news/industrynews/121206-how-iot-changes-business-value.html

ADT South Africa launches Home Automation with Z-Wave technology.

We welcome ADT South Africa with their new Home Automation offering, and it’s using Z-Wave technology!

http://www.adthomeautomation.co.za/

SmartThings As New Principal and Board Member

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 visithttp://www.smartthings.com/.

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About Z-Wave
Z-Wave technology and is an open internationally recognized ITU standard (G.9959). It is the leading wireless home control technology in the market today, with over 1200 certified interoperable products worldwide. Represented by the Z-Wave Alliance, and supported by more than 300 companies around the world, the standard is a key enabler of smart living solutions for home safety and security, energy, hospitality, office and light commercial applications.

Z-Wave® is a registered trade mark of Sigma Designs and its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

About the Z-Wave Alliance
Formed in January 2005, the Z-Wave Alliance is a consortium of leading companies in the home technology space dedicated to solidifying Z-Wave as the standard for wireless home control products. The principal members include; ADT, Evolve Guest Controls, FAKRO, Ingersoll-Rand, Jasco Products, LG Uplus, Nortek Security & Control and Sigma Designs. Alliance members lead the home controls market, providing leading edge products and systems that deliver increased comfort, convenience, energy conservation, safety and security. For more information about the Z-Wave Alliance, visit www.z-wavealliance.org.

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Original article from: http://z-wavealliance.org/z-wave-alliance-announces-smartthings-new-principal-board-member/

Smart homes coming to SA… soon

Cape Town – Smart home technology makes homes more efficient and should be expanded to everyone who lives in a home, says an industry insider.

“Every single person on the planet; that’s my dream and the reason behind Solv. If we cannot use technology to enhance the lives of every single person, then what’s the point?” Riaan Swart, founder of Solv, told Fin24 about the expansion of smart home technology.

Solv is a company focused on solving domestic problems with technology and Swart, the managing director has a long history of involvement in the tech business. He founded consumer tech retailer Chaos Computers.

Swart shoots from the hip and said that smart home technology was often confused with automation.

“In my opinion, we should stop spending ridiculous amounts of money on gimmicks for the super rich and rather invest it into the lives of everyday people. Smart technology has the potential to benefit everyone; it creates a huge opportunity in terms of accessibility and cost.”

Right direction

Smart home technology is expected to grow to the next “big thing”.

As the premium smartphone market flattens, some companies are facing pressure to deliver new technologies and systems that would see a jump in revenue.

Two areas are showing promise: Internet of Everything and biometric technologies have shown that they are scalable, particularly as internet penetration grows.

According to results from industry tracker Juniper Research, revenue from smart home technologies are set to exceed $71bn by 2018, a massive jump from the $33bn in 2013.

In SA, Swart said that it was still early days, but there were signs that South Africans were heading in the right direction.

“There is a drive from within SA to kick-start the ‘movement’. Things like the Altech Node are a good step in the right direction, although this is still very much ‘automation’ and not smart.”

The Node entertainment box is indicative of how smart home technology will be introduced, but unlike simple entertainment devices, true smart homes will encompass a range of technologies throughout the home.

Reality

For example, a smart home could set your alarm earlier than usual based on calculations on the traffic situation, delay the preparation of supper based on the time you leave work, or clean the pool based on the weather for the day.

As more devices come with built-in internet connectivity, the technology brings true smart homes closer to reality.

Watch this video that illustrates how a smart home might work:

Original article: http://www.fin24.com/Tech/Opinion/Smart-homes-coming-to-SA-soon-20141014

 

Apple Announcement Overview :: HomeKit

Apple’s announcement of HomeKit (see article here: http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2014/06/02Apple-Releases-iOS-8-SDK-With-Over-4-000-New-APIs.html  ) is great news for Z-Wave and the home control industry. It proves that home control applications are seen as an important part of our daily lives, and that companies as influential as Apple see this as a part of their technology future. This announcement, coming on the heels of Google’s acquisition of Nest, cements the future of home control as a core market technology. Similar announcements from Samsung and LG are likely to be forthcoming.

Home control is cited as one of the main verticals in the IoT (Internet of Things) space. Consequently, Apple’s HomeKit is significant, since the company’s reputation as a market maker will attract more consumer product attention and possible traction than some of the other entities that are trying to create interoperability in various parts of the IoT space. Because Z-Wave is the most dominant home control market technology, rest assured that as these exciting initiatives play out in the market, Z-Wave and its ecosystem of over 1000 interoperable devices and more than 250 active Alliance members will be a key part of the solution.

Apple’s HomeKit does not endorse a specific smart device protocol. Z-Wave is very much part of this new picture.
Apple’s HomeKit describes a methodology for representing home control devices in iOS user interfaces, as well as a certification and marketing program for the devices that take part in integrating through HomeKit. It is an extension of the Made For iOS or MFi program. While an interface layer between HomeKit and the Z-Wave ecosystem will need to be created (an MFi certified gateway), it is clear that Z-Wave devices will be able to participate in this Apple program.

WiFi/Bluetooth are not optimal choices for a smart home platform: Z-Wave is needed.
Reason #1: Range and battery-operated devices can be an issue.
Background: Bluetooth has issues with range, as well as the limited number of devices it can connect to at one time; WiFi consumes a lot of power and isn’t ideal for battery-operated smart devices. In short, Z-Wave is needed to provide whole-home, robust, multi-device communications.

Reason #2: WiFi and Bluetooth do not work for remote home control.
Background: Remote home management, the most popular home control application, requires an always-on, Internet-connected device acting as the hub when the owner is away. This device — a set top box, WiFi router or other gateway — will be stationary and have home-wide connectivity to all the home’s smart devices. Z-Wave is the best technology for whole home communication.

Advantages and benefits of Z-Wave technology in comparison to other smart home platforms:

• Z-Wave is the world’s most broadly adopted wireless protocol for control and automation products and services, with over 25 million Z-Wave devices in use worldwide.

• Z-Wave has an existing ecosystem of 1000+ smart home control devices; Bluetooth and WiFi have no product ecosystem at all.

• Z-Wave is an International Standard, (ITU-T G.9959). This communications standard was designed specifically for the needs of a complete home control solution and has evolved over 12 years into the best standard for complete home control solutions.

• With no proprietary versions or incompatibilities, Z-Wave is the only wireless control technology that’s interoperable at the product level

• Take advantage of open international standards and chose your solution from multiple competing suppliers. Z-Wave enjoys the support of over 250 different companies worldwide, ensuring, choice, competitive pricing and future innovation.

• Virtually 100% of security companies’ products and solutions are Powered by Z-Wave.

• Z-Wave is designed from the ground up for control and status-reading applications. Its mesh network system ensures rock-solid, two-way communications between devices.

• Z-Wave provides the most choices, including the best brands in each category, such as locks, lighting, HVAC, windows and doors, sensors and gateways. There are no worries about being locked into any single device supplier.

• There is concern that high-bandwidth applications such as HD and 4k video streaming will clog the license-free 2.4GHz Industrial, Science and Medical (ISM) frequency spectrum used by Bluetooth, WiFi and Zigbee. Since Z-Wave uses sub-GHz (900MHz) frequencies, there’s no 2.4 GHz interference from WiFi, Bluetooth, ZigBee, microwaves or other common household wireless products,

• Z-Wave is proven, and has been powering the smart home market since 2002. It’s fully backward compatible, so no product gets left behind.

• Z-Wave solves the shortcomings of Bluetooth and WiFi by providing home wide connectivity, long battery life, and the ability to address many devices at a single time.

• “Holistic” home management is what consumers really want. Z-Wave provides consumers are a holistic approach to personal and home security, energy management, remote home monitoring and aging independently.

We at ZA Smart Homes will make sure that you as the consumer, in South Africa, will be at the forefront of the latest Z-Wave home automation technology.

 

SA to get new electrical sockets, plugs

South Africa has adopted a new standard for electrical plugs and sockets that, it’s claimed by the International Electrotechnical Commission, is the safest in the world. But will it take off? By Nafisa Akabor.

South Africans could soon find themselves having to wrestle with a new type of electrical plug following the adoption of an apparently much safer standard for plugs and sockets.

SANS 164-2 was introduced as the “preferred standard” for electrical plugs and sockets by the South African National Standard for the Wiring of Premises (known better as the Wiring Code) in 2013, says South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) SC23B mirror committee chairman Gianfranco Campetti.

“The plan is for all new installations of plugs and sockets to be the 164-2 standard from around 2015,” says Campetti. “However, there could be delays or changes.”

To be phased out over the next 10-20 years ... or longer

To be phased out over the next 10-20 years … or longer

South Africa has long used its own, unique three-pin plug that doesn’t fit electrical sockets used elsewhere in the world. In fact, there are over 50 different plug and socket configurations used across the world today.

Plugs and sockets based on SANS 164-2 will be available from April this year, says Campetti. However, products fitted with the new plugs — kettles, irons, fridges — could take a few years to arrive on retail shelves.

The country’s unique plug stems from the fact that as a former British colony, South Africa adopted the UK standard of three large round pins as early as the 1930s. When the UK switched to flat pins in the 1970s, South Africa should have followed suit, but didn’t — mainly due to commercial reasons.

The BS 546 British standard adopted by South Africa is codified in SANS 164-0, which is made up of nine different plug and socket configurations, of both two-pin and three-pin types. The three-pin plugs are polarised and un-fused (they don’t have individual fuses) and are not interchangeable between electrical current ratings.

At the end of the 1990s, two significant developments occurred, explains Campetti. The Europlug came to South Africa as a basis for cellphone chargers, and small hand-tool manufacturers introduced the unearthed Schuko, a German standard, into the market.

Cellphone two-pin plug chargers are double-insulated, don’t need earth pins and convert 220V into 5V (depending on type), says Campetti.

“South Africa had no choice but to hastily introduce these standards as the various device manufacturers were not prepared to make specific versions for the relatively small SA market.”

The two standards are the SANS 164-5 two-pin, non-rewireable system (2,5A; 250V) for equipment like cellphone chargers and the SANS 164-6 two-pin system (16A; 250V) for equipment like power tools and electric lawnmowers.

After World War II, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) decided to create a worldwide configuration. The IEC is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organisation based in Geneva, Switzerland that sets standards for all electrical and electronic technologies. Bodies around the world, including the SABS, have adopted the standards set out by the IEC.

Campetti explains that as in almost all the European countries, no one was really interested in a global plug and socket standard. “For each country, it was like giving up their language.”

The IEC formed a working group and commenced work in 1956. Thirty years later, in 1986, the IEC 906 standard was published, says Campetti.

“It was during the early 1990s, with a new South Africa looming, that the SABS decided to adopt the standard (introduced as SANS 164-2) as it was seen as a fantastic opportunity for the country to be at the forefront of this ‘worldwide’ plug and socket configuration and be the first country to adopt it.”

However, manufacturers showed no interest in switching to the IEC standard. “No one was prepared to tool up or implement it because of the costs involved,” says Campetti. “Despite this, SANS 164-2 was introduced as a national standard and was specified as the ‘preferred standard’ last year in the code of practice in South Africa. This means that from around 2015, all new installations will have to be fitted with the new standard, and that the old (SANS 164-1) will be phased out over the next 10 to 20 years, or possibly longer,” says Campetti.

“Unfortunately SANS 164-2 will be another unique South African plug and socket configuration, with the exception of Brazil, which uses it and an additional variation with a thicker pins.”

The proposed new plug will have three levels of safety and will be the safest plug point in the world, with only Switzerland’s plug points coming close to that level of safety, according to Campetti.

SANS 164-2 plug and socket

SANS 164-2 plug and socket

But will South Africa be at an advantage or a disadvantage by making SANS 164-2 the preferred standard for plugs and sockets?

Campetti says there are three elements to consider when evaluating this. He groups these under “economic”, “technical” and “export”.

The economic element will mean more local manufacturing and jobs, while the technical aspect means South African will have the safest plug and socket system in the world — it will apparently be impossible for a child to put their finger in a socket and get shocked.

The export opportunity, however, won’t be an advantage unless other countries in Southern Africa adopt the standard, too.  — (c) 2014 NewsCentral Media

Original article from Techcentral – http://www.techcentral.co.za/sa-to-get-new-electrical-sockets-plugs/46026/

Mountain Climber to Open Locks, Operate Z-Wave Devices From Top of Himalayan Mountain

Home automation is reaching new heights:  26,906 feet, to be exact.

That’s the height of Cho Oyu, the sixth-highest mountain in the world.  And that’s where an amateur mountain climber will demonstrate the home automation capabilities of Z-Wave using a variety of devices powered by Z-Wave technology.  By virtue of the remote location, rugged environmental condition, and lack of technical support capabilities, it is one of the “most remote home automation demonstration ever recorded,” according to Z-Wave.

The climb Cho Oyu and the subsequent demonstration— officially titled the “Z-Wave Himalayan Expedition by Kwikset®” —will be performed by named Mariusz Malkowski, a 40-year-old technical services manager at Sigma Designs, a member of the 200-member Z-Wave Alliance.  Malkowski has climbed world-class mountains on four continents, many of them by himself.  Using no supplemental oxygen, Malkowski is scheduled to begin his ascent on September 10 and will conclude his descent on or around October 6.

Using only his smartphone, Malkowski will control various home automation scenes set up in the Z-Wave booth at the CEDIA Expo in Denver.  Scenes will include locking and unlocking a Kwikset SmartCode™ Deadbolt Lock with Home Connect™ Technology and adjusting temperature on his Remotec Thermostat, as well as controlling other Z-Wave devices.  The purpose is to show end-users the dependability of Z-Wave technology, as well as highlighting the overall benefits of home automation.

The CEDIA Expo is being held in Denver, Colo. from September 28-30, 2013.  The exact date and time of the demonstration are to be determined, depending on the pace of Malkowski’s ascent.  Weather permitting, Malkowski plans to broadcast a live video remote from the mountain summit to the show location so that Expo attendees can watch the demonstration.

Kwikset, the leader in residential security, was named as the lead (Diamond) sponsor of the event.  According to Keith Brandon, Kwikset’s director of Residential Access Solutions, the expedition helps spread the message and benefits of home automation in a visually captivating way that is difficult to duplicate.

“It’s one thing to tell homeowners about home automation and its capabilities; it’s quite another to demonstrate those capabilities in such a dramatic setting,” Brandon said.  “With our SmartCode locks with Home Connect people may know that they can be locked and unlocked remotely via their smartphones or other Web-enabled device.  But actually watching them being operated from the sixth-highest mountain in the world really drives the point home.”

Additional sponsors include: Vivint(Platinum); Z-Wave Alliance(Platinum); Alarm.com(Gold); Remotec(Silver); and Z-Wave Products(Silver).

Cho Oyu, which means “Turquoise Goddess” in Tibetan, is the westernmost major peak of the Khumbu sub-section of the Mahalangur Himalaya, 20 kilometers west of Mount Everest.  The mountain stands on the TibetNepalborder.

Interested observers can follow all the details of the expedition on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ZWaveHimalayanExpeditionByKwikset or at http://www.facebook.com/kwiksetlocks.

Original article from  http://www.sdmmag.com/articles/89558-mountain-climber-to-open-locks-operate-z-wave-devices-from-top-of-himalayan-mountain


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