Lowe’s Joins Z-Wave Alliance to Boost its Smart-Home Retail Presence

The big box retailer says membership is important for its plans to offer an even more expansive array of smart home products.

MILPITAS, Calif. – The Z-Wave Alliance welcomes big box retailer Lowe’s among its ranks of more than 325 member companies that support the Z-Wave wireless IoT standard.

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Launched in July 2012, Iris by Lowe’s is a smart home solution created to monitor and control connected devices via Web-enabled computers and mobile devices. Lowe’s was among the first retailers to target the mass consumer market with a home automation solution that operates on an open platform.

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“Partnering with the Z-Wave Alliance is an important next step in offering an even more expansive array of smart home products and further advancing technology in and around the home,” says Mick Koster, vice president and general manager of Iris Home Systems. “Together, Iris, the Alliance and its diverse ecosystem of members have a larger opportunity to propel home automation forward, delivering innovative and smarter devices to consumers.”

The addition of Iris by Lowe’s to the Z-Wave Alliance follows a substantial growth period for the group. Alliance membership grew 20% in the first half of 2015, adding more than 60 new members to the organization’s roster.

“As the awareness of the smart home concept becomes more prevalent among consumers with big players entering the market, the demand for DIY smart home solutions grows,” says Mitchell Klein, executive director for the Z-Wave Alliance. “As with construction and home repair, we need retailers like Lowe’s to offer a combination model of do-it-yourself with knowledgeable staff and education to help consumers get started.”

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