Z-Wave Alliance announces first Z-Wave Long Range certified product

The Z-Wave Alliance has announced that security and home automation brand, Ecolink, is the first company to complete the Z-Wave Long Range (Z-Wave LR) certification, introducing its Ecolink 700 Series Garage Door Controller.

Z-Wave LR ushers in a new era of Z-Wave connectivity and brings expanded options for the smart home, multi-dwelling units and hospitality use cases. It is engineered to provide significantly extended wireless range and support robust networks, extending Z-Wave connectivity beyond the interior boundaries of a home and improving wireless transmission range of peripheral Z-Wave devices, such as door locks, garage door sensors, gate access solutions, and more.

Increasing scalability to over 4,000 nodes on a single smart home network, core benefits of Z-Wave LR include increased coverage, increased scalability, optimised battery life, interoperability and backwards compatibility.

“When it comes to innovation, we are at the forefront of engineering our products to work harder and smarter,” said Mike Bailey, vice president of product development and operations at Ecolink. “Any range increases we can introduce into our products, and thus to our customers, only works to enhance their overall experience with smart home and security solutions. It’s a win/win. Moving forward, our plan is for all Z-Wave sensors and devices we work to introduce and certify with the Z-Wave Alliance to include Z-Wave LR out of the box.”

Z-Wave Alliance’s executive director, Mitchell Klein, added: “We would like to congratulate Ecolink for being the first to complete certification. The 700 Series Garage Door Controller is an ideal example of the type of device Z-Wave Long Range was designed to enhance.

“The certification of the first Z-Wave LR device is a milestone for the Alliance as a standards development organisation. Developing this specification and making it available to members like Ecolink falls perfectly in line with our mission to advance the Z-Wave standard. Members who actively seek to build their products featuring these specifications will undoubtedly have a competitive edge and we are eager to see more Z-Wave LR enter the market in the coming months.”