Did you hear the news?
On August 31, 2016 Sigma Designs announced the public release of the Z-Wave Application Layer specifications. Sigma Designs opened up Z-Wave over IP (Z/IP), Z-Ware Middleware, and the Z-Wave S2 Security Specification. The public release of these specifications will encourage more creativity and innovation. Many people also asked about Z-Wave's trademark interoperability, and what the release of the specifications to the public will mean for the technology that has always maintained the highest levels of interoperability in a technology platform. In April 2018, Silicon Labs acquired Z-Wave from Sigma Designs.
More Good News
While inspiring innovation through the release of several Z-Wave specifications to the public, Z-Wave still requires commercially available products which use Z-Wave technology to be fully certified. Silicon Labs and the Z-Wave Alliance together manage a top tier certification program, Z-Wave Plus®, to ensure interoperability will continue to be a hallmark of the technology platform.
What does this mean?
If you are a hobbyist or creator interested in the Z-Wave technology platform, Silicon Labs has made it easy for you to get started creating your own Z-Wave devices with the public release of the specifications. If you want to sell your creations to the public, you will still need to acquire the Z-Wave SDK and obtain access to the Z-Wave Technical Support website and the Z-Wave Certification Portal so that you can learn about the requirements for certified products and be able to submit the product to be certified by Silicon Labs. Certifications require fees to be paid to independent test houses and for the brand company to be a Full Member of the Z-Wave Alliance.
To access the public specification, visit the Silicon Labs website at this link.
To learn more about getting certified, review the resources at this website (click Certification on the menu) or visit the Silicon Labs website to learn more.