The Z-Wave technology by the Z-Wave Alliance is an 802.15 network standard for local area networks (LAN). It is a wireless, RF-based transmission technology that operates in the sub-gigahertz spectrum and provides reliable, low-latency transmission of small data packets at data rates up to 100kbps.
The Z-Wave technology is a good fit for M2M/IoT applications as it can connect objects in a short range with its ability to run on very low power, hence becoming suitable for connecting a cluster of objects which are close to each other. Most Z-Wave objects can run on battery alone, up to more than 1 year and they can connect with other Z-Wave objects over an area of 100 meters. Z-Wave objects are connected to the Internet via the premises’ broadband gateway.
Z-Wave connectivity is suitable for control, monitoring and status reading applications in residential and light commercial environments as well as for use in hotels, cruise ships and vacation rentals. Objects connected via Z-Wave include indoor/outdoor lights, thermostats, home theater systems, door locks, security devices such as motion detectors and pool controls.