What if all your home devices could connect to the Internet? We mean everything - from a door lock and lights to clocks and windows. And, what if all those devices could talk amongst themselves, send you information and listen to your commands? It would create a unique digital experience whose key component is IoT.
If you’re new to home automation, you won’t have escaped Z-wave logo displayed on the boxes of most smart devices. But, what is Z-wave?
It is one of the most popular home automation protocols designed for home automation and remote control applications.
Z-Wave devices have become widely available on today’s market. Essentially, they are used for remote control and management in a variety of smart home devices and IoT applications. These include smart locks, smart lighting, smart plugs and outlets, smart home hubs and smart thermostats. Z-Wave meets all the requirements for efficient home automation:
- low power consumption
- remote or local control
- a number of available devices working together
- reliable and secure communication
WolkAbout Z-Wave Module
To showcase the WolkGatewayModule-Z-Wave, we created a couple of projects, one of which was particularly interesting. We used an Aeotec Z-Stick connected to a Raspberry Pi 3+ to control a Smart Dimmer and LED Bulb. We also reported readings from Multisensor and the dimmer’s energy meter to showcase an example smart home.
Due to the enormous value and a number of benefits Z-wave brings to everyday home living, this is a perfect moment to dive in and start building your home automation project with WolkAbout IoT Platform by using WolkGateway Module Z-Wave.
WolkAbout IoT Platform offers a range of features that help you build killer apps for intelligent home products in a few days instead of weeks. By design and through different libraries, it is compatible with virtually any modern consumer product or microchip.
Stay tuned for our follow-up Hackster.io post detailing how to build a Z-Wave project with WolkGateway and WolkGatewayModule-Z-Wave!