There is no doubt that Smart Home technology is growing by leaps and bounds across the United States and globally. In fact by 2020, smart home technology is expected to reach a marketshare of approximately $56.68 billion dollars. This explosive growth in the demand for smart home technology is driven by the fact that smart home technology empowers home owners by enhancing property security, driving down utility costs, and providing additional conveniences that a traditional home cannot provide. As an added bonus, the fact that most smart homes can be monitored remotely and managed from a smart phone or desktop computer is a nice value add for tech savvy buyers and renters who demand to see more features in rentals and home purchases.
This explosive growth in smart home technology in the past decade has understandably led to a large growth in the number of devices and protocols used in smart home systems. There are thousands of smart home devices and dozens of protocols in the marketplace. Trying to detail every single device and protocol would probably take up an entire book, so this article will focus on one smart home protocol in particular: Z-wave.
Rently Keyless smart home technology utilizes the Z-wave protocol, and we wanted to take a minute and discuss how this protocol differs from others in the smart home sector, and the advantages it provides to end users.
What is a smart home protocol?
A smart home protocol is essentially a language that allows multiple devices to talk to each other or a centralized smart home “hub”. There are a ton of languages out there with some very interesting names. Some protocols include Z-wave, ZigBee, Apple HomeKit, and Google Weave/Thread just to name a few. Think of the hub as the brains of the smart home, and the protocol is the language that the hub uses to communicate with other devices (locks, thermostats, sensors, etc.).
What are the advantages to Z-wave?
There are a lot of reasons why Rently Keyless chose to incorporate the Z-wave protocol in our smart home technology, but below we will outline just a few…
The Z-wave is a protocol that has an established presence in the smart home industry, and has been around for over a decade. Z-Wave utilizes a 900 Mhz signal to issue commands to multiple devices in a smart home including locks, thermostats and door sensors. Unlike other devices, because Z-wave operates at a lower frequency than other protocols, less interference occurs from other electronic devices in a house. Coupled with the fact that multiple Z-wave devices (such as smart thermostats) can work as repeaters and signal extenders, Z-wave networks tend to be more robust that their wi-fi and bluetooth counterparts.
2. Supported Devices
Another advantage of Z-wave is that it can support a number of smart home devices including locks, thermostats, sensors and much more. As of this writing, over 1300 devices support the Z-wave protocol. That is a huge number of devices, and ensures that our technology will be able to incorporate a wide variety of devices for multiple use-case scenarios.
Unlike other smart home protocol which require modifying your existing building infrastructure, Z-wave can work with your existing property. No construction work or special contractor is required to get started with Z-wave devices. Simply install any smart home devices such as a lock or thermostat and plug in a smart home hub. Smart home hub’s typically utilize a wi-fi signal to connect to the internet. In certain scenarios, smart home systems can use cellular signal as well. Rently Keyless is unique in the fact that it’s unique Tri-Band hub can use Ethernet, Wi-Fi and Cellular to connect to the internet, providing a lot of robust connectivity options for the end user.
As you can see, the Rently Keyless Z-wave system offers a myriad of advantages when compared with other smart home technologies and protocols. To learn more about Rently Keyless, you can visit www.rentlykeyless.com.