Z-Wave is the international standard for wireless communication between different devices in homes and offices. More than 350 vendors from all continents of all sizes and all backgrounds (heating, lighting, software, security, safety, …) have joined forces to establish a common language that allows their products to be used together in one single installation. Z-Wave is the first wireless standard that specified all aspects of communication and is adopted by various vendors. This and only this really allows to use different products from different vendors together and prevent to be locked in by one vendor’s proprietary solution.
Z-Wave products deliver the value of smart lighting, improved safety and security, comfortable heating and climate control and last but not least energy saving at an affordable price with a great and fast increasing selection of products. Several practical applications are described under Applications. Z-Wave forms by far the biggest ecosystem in the area of home automation and smart homes all over the world. Visit the website of the Z-Wave Alliance for more information about the industry group and the brands behind Z-Wave. POPP is proudly member of the Z-Wave Alliance.
Zigbee is a widely used wireless standard for networking home automation devices. More than 230 companies worldwide have joined forces to advance the development of this technology. Like Bluetooth and WLAN, Zigbee uses a frequency of 2.4 GHz, but is characterised by better energy efficiency and greater flexibility. This makes Zigbee ideal for battery-powered sensors and thermostats. There are also numerous other options for controlling blinds, lamps and sockets to form a comfortable and secure smart home. Strictly speaking, Zigbee has a number of different specifications for application areas.
To ensure the compatibility of Zigbee devices from different manufacturers, most Zigbee gateways implement different profiles of the standard. With the Zigbee controllers (ZB-Shield and ZB-Stick), POPP offers universal adapters for creating a Zigbee network. The interoperability of the Zigbee devices among each other mostly depends on the software. To learn more about the Zigbee standard, visit the homepage of the Zigbee Alliance.