I travel. I travel a lot.
When I'm on the road my wife gets a little nervous staying at home alone with our son. I looked around for a solution and decided to try Z-Wave. I ordered the products I needed to create a security package; it had door locks, motion sensors, and light control for the kitchen, living room, bedrooms, porch and back deck lights.
I set up scenes on our iPad so all my wife has to do is push the 'goodnight scene' and all the locks lock, the 'right' lights go out — others stay on — and best of all, if anyone breaks in we both get an immediate alert. I also programmed a panic button, so if anything happens at night she can immediately turn on all the lights and activate the siren.
Z-Wave really helps us feel safer.
I really love using Z-Wave. It helps me know my daughter is ok while I'm at work. Before I got Z-Wave installed in my house, I never really knew when she'd make it home from school and it made me really anxious.
Some days she would call, other days she would forget and it started to become a problem. I wanted to know that she had made it home safely, but it wasn't always convenient for me to call.
Now that I have Z-Wave I feel a lot better. I can be in a meeting and receive a text message when she comes home. It's been a real easy way to help me feel like a mom even when I'm at work.
Where we live energy is expensive and we were paying a lot of money for energy that we weren't using. We both work and have unpredictable schedule and sometimes we just like to go out.
We found that although we had programmed our home's thermostat for maximum efficiency, it still wasn't quite working for us. Many evenings we'd come home later than planned and the heater had been on for hours with no one home.
We looked for a solution that could offer us some flexibility and help save us money. We decided on Z-Wave and bought a Z-Wave thermostat. Now all we need to do its use our phone to set the temperature for when we'll really be home.
How can we use the Internet of Things to make life easier, safer and more cost-effective on a broad scale? By deploying Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) that combine digital data, physical devices and human activities into cohesive, responsive environments that can be active, reactive or proactive, depending on need.
Apple's announcement of HomeKit at its recent World Wide Developers Conference is great news for Z-Wave and the home control industry. Since HomeKit doesn't endorse a specific smart device protocol, every one of the 1000+ devices in the Z-Wave ecosystem can be part of the market interest that Apple will help create.
The Alliance has announced the release of the first Z-Wave Plus® certified product. The honor goes to Leak Intelligence for the Leak Gopher, an innovative smart water valve that allows remote control of water systems through Z-Wave control, and features the extended capabilities of the latest Z-Wave Plus® technology.