PISCATAWAY, N.J. — The Z-Wave Alliance, an open consortium of global companies dedicated to promoting Z-Wave as the standard in wireless home control, is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its Interoperability Lab here.
Designed to provide real world applications-based testing that ensures interoperability, the 3,300-foot lab has the largest library of Z-Wave products assembled. The alliance has certified more than 700 Z-Wave products at the facility to ensure all Z-Wave devices, regardless of manufacturer or application, work together in many wireless applications.
“The lab is outfitted with movable test stands that can be used to simulate the most common types of construction and floor plans found in North American homes,” Z-Wave Interoperability Test Lab Manager Soren Blond Daugaard says. “Together with our library of Z-Wave products, this enables us to create a model of almost every conceivable network setup.”
The Interoperability Lab offers two main programs for testing. The In-lab testing option allows the customer to visit the facility and work directly with the lab to create their own test plans, and decide how they will be executed. The other option allows the lab to play the role of an outside consultant, offering full service testing in which the lab works closely with the customer to create the best plan for testing their devices. Once the plan has been laid out, the lab does all the testing and delivers results to the customer when completed.
In addition to product testing, the facility serves as a training site for those who want to increase their knowledge and experience with Z-Wave technology and applications.
“The lab also offers customized training in the Z-Wave protocol and how to best implement the Z-Wave technology into your products,” Daugaard says. “The lab also has extensive setup support contracts with Z-Wave developers that desire access to Z-Wave implementation support as a provided service.”