Smart Home Standards are taking a New Look at Diversity
Home automation has been around for some time now and it is finally getting the attention it truly deserves. Now that a great amount of people are knowledgeable when it comes to smart home technology, various developers are looking for ways to bridge various smart home standards under one roof.
Thanks to efforts done by major players like Google, Apple, as well as Amazon, we are now seeing smart home devices that work together in unison despite their smart home standards. Because of this awesome new perspective, consumers will have the freedom to customize and maximize their home automation network.
If this was possible all along, why did smart home standards have to exist back then in the first place? It all boils down to who wants to have the majority control over smart home devices. Zigbee and Z-Wave Alliance, two of the notable pioneers in the battle of smart home supremacy a couple of years ago, are in a pickle if they continue exclusivity. Is it worth it?
Smart Home Standards – Why Exclusivity Matters
Z-Wave technology is one of the most sophisticated smart home standards out there today. It is also one of the most used standard in most smart homes around the globe. Same goes with the Zigbee Alliance. Both have been slowly but surely improving their technology to what we see today.
How successful are these exclusive smart home standards? Well, Z-Wave technology is found in over 40 million Z-Wave products globally. They also are being used by large companies like General Electric/Interlogics, Alarm.com, AT&T, ADT, Honeywell and more. Because of a well-established smart home network, it would make sense why Z-Wave Alliance would want to keep the network to certified devices only.
From smart home cameras to home automation lighting, Z-Wave technology has covered it. Consumers who are looking for exclusivity and ease of operation will surely appreciate the diversity of smart home standards. That way, it would be easier to isolate issues as opposed to a mix of device standards with experimental protocols.
Why Smart Home Standards have to Evolve
Sure, Z-Wave technology and Zigbee Alliance may have a lot of head start but with Google, Apple and Amazon trying to have a slice in the smart home market full of potential, they have to act very fast. Home automation devices coming from Google and Amazon have been reportedly capable of making both Zigbee and Z-Wave standards work together in one smart home network.
Because of this option being presented to consumers, it is no surprise that consumers would buy smart home controllers that are capable of operating multiple smart home standards. With Google Home also joining the fray hoping to stop the Amazon Echo hype, people have talked about smart home technology like it’s a regular thing already. At this pace, it looks like the 2020 prediction is true after all. Thanks to the improvement and availability of smart home standards, finding the best home automation device to get started with won’t be that much of a hassle anymore.
Should Z-Wave and Zigbee join the smart home revolution and opening their pipelines to other smart home standards, we could see more potential for home automation sooner than anticipated. Thanks to social media, getting the people excited has never been this easy.
Smart Home Standards – The Pioneers versus the Young Blood
Without a doubt, we are seeing a lot of progress in smart home technology this year alone. It is interesting what the future will hold for us in terms of home automation technology. Despite the different smart home standards, both parties have brought their A game this year.
Consumers who are looking to build their own smart home network from scratch will surely have an easier time to find the best option for them to get started. In the end, it all boils down to user preferences. If you find Z-Wave’s exclusive smart home standards to be much better than open network standards, by all means stick with what is working.
However, for consumers who are looking for diversity as well as more potential customization options, it would be really nice to have an Amazon Echo or a Google Home in your humble abode, right? Either way, everything is looking up for home automation. It’s all good in the smart home hood.