Another 700 series milestone for Aeotec.
Germany – March 12, 2020 — They were the first company to successfully certify and release hardware devices which use Z-Wave 700 series platform. And in February Aeotec achieved yet another first by becoming the Z-Wave Alliance’s first member to successfully certify software built upon Z-Wave Plus V2® certification and the 700 series platform: AutoPilot.
The first gateway and server to take full advantage of Z-Wave Plus V2’s technologies, including 700 series’ hardware improvements, SmartStart, and Z-Wave S2 Security, AutoPilot is a full automation solution engineered to support Aeotec’s suite of some 90 different devices and over 3,200 devices from members of the Z-Wave Alliance.
While those who depend on Z-Wave to power their businesses or their smart homes are long familiar with automation solutions that support such a broad range of devices, Aeotec’s AutoPilot positions itself in a unique space through a dedicated focus on 4 areas which the company has long identified as providing best-value to end users;
- Health and well-being;
- Environment automation.
And while AutoPilot is all new, its technology is firmly established. The middleware upon which AutoPilot is built has already been used by Aeotec’s customers to power near-on 80,000 smart homes and AutoPilot’s German-engineered hardware is already depended upon in a further 540,000 automation installations.
“AutoPilot has been built upon a foundation of its own technology and that which Aeotec acquired in 2018 through its purchase of German home automation maker Popp & Co.,” explains Aeotec CEO Daniel P Dykes. “We’ve used our 14 years’ experience in crafting automation hardware and POPP’s long established software technology to build our vision for the future of smart homes and smarter offices. Aeotec has built AutoPilot to be a solution that powers more than light schedules. Instead, it offers machine-learning driven improvements to four of life’s key areas where automation technology can have the greatest impact. Some studies indicate that the average person now spends as much as 90% of their lives indoors; we built AutoPilot to reflect humanity’s drastic lifestyle change and as a system that works to the benefit of each and every one of us.”
“We are thrilled to welcome Aeotec’s AutoPilot into the growing Z-Wave Plus V2 certified product ecosystem,” said Mitchell Klein, Executive Director, Z-Wave Alliance. “As the first gateway to achieve Z-Wave Plus V2 certification, they are leading the way in delivering the latest Z-Wave 700 platform technology across a greater breadth of product categories. We look forward to supporting Aeotec, as well as all of our members, in developing new certified products that help Z-Wave grow in the market.”
AutoPilot is currently being implemented into the sales channels of select Aeotec partners. A more general release is slated for Q2 2020.
Aeotec was founded in Silicon Valley in 2006. In 2018, after acquiring German electrical maker Popp & Co., the company moved its headquarters and R&D teams to Germany while maintaining a sales and support presence across Australia, the Far East, and the United States. Its broad range of Z-Wave hardware and software are distributed globally in more than 100 countries and, since 2018, have been engineered in Germany. Further information on Aeotec can be found at https://aeotec.com while further information on AutoPilot can be found at https://aeotec.com/autopilot/