(Aug 28, 2012) — Z-Wave.Me (www.zwaveeurope.com), a member of the Z-Wave Alliance, has developed the Key Fob (KFOB), a compact universal remote controller for use in smart homes and businesses. This “all-rounder” with four buttons weighs just 30 grammes, is no bigger than a remote car key fob and enables you to control and manage all the devices within a Z-Wave network.
But here’s the best thing: the remote controller automatically recognizes the nearest Z-Wave device. So users can control either individual components or entire groups of devices. The Key Fob will be exhibited for the first time at the belektro in Berlin at the Z-Wave Europe stand (Booth 208, Hall 2.2).
As a member of the open manufacturer consortium, the Z-Wave Alliance (www.zwavealliance.org), Z-Wave.Me is a specialist in the development of components based on Z-Wave radio technology. The Key Fob is compatible with more than 650 Z-Wave products offered by Z-Wave Alliance members worldwide.
Face To Face With Z-Wave Radio
One of the new remote controller’s practical functions is to control nearby devices directly. The Key Fob automatically recognizes the nearest Z-Wave device, whether it is a light component, a shutter, an entertainment system or any other Z-Wave device. This means that users can control all connected Z-Wave components in their immediate environment at the touch of a button. They can point the KFOB at the device they wish to control, such as a light, and press a button to turn it on. And by pressing the button again, they can turn it off again. It is also possible to control all Z-Wave components directly in more than one room, and even on more than one floor. If a user goes into a different room, they can control all the other Z-Wave devices there with the same remote controller. Users just have to ensure that devices are not too close to each other: they should be at least approx. one meter apart.
Controlling Device Groups In Sync
In addition, users can form device groups and allocate a single button to control a whole group. So they can activate entire scenarios just by pressing a button. For example, it would be possible to set an evening TV scenario. This would involve closing the blinds, dimming the lights and turning on the TV. You could also set up scenarios in the workplace. For example, you could press a button to turn on the lights in the building, activate the PC or open the blinds. Employers could also allocate different rights or scenarios to each employee. In order to activate scenarios, the remote solution connects with an integrated IP gateway in the network on which the scenarios have been configured in advance.
In addition, the Key Fob has a wake-up function. If it is not in use, it goes into a power-saving idle mode. This extends the battery-powered remote controller’s lifespan considerably. Moreover, there is a child safety function for users to activate. This blocks unauthorized users from using the KFOB. The remote controller also uses bidirectional Z-Wave protocol radio transmission. This means that users receive light signals via the integrated LED confirming whether their commands have been properly executed.
About The Z-Wave Alliance:
Established in 2005, the Z-Wave Alliance is an open consortium of leading companies worldwide dedicated to delivering affordable, reliable easy-to-use, wireless home control products and services. With more than 600 interoperable products certified and over 160 members, the Alliance represents the largest ecosystem of wireless control products in existence and the global, brand-recognized companies that bring these products and services to market. The Alliance supports its members with marketing, networking, technical forums, training, best practices, test and certification tools and a complete interoperability lab. For more information on or to join the Alliance, please email email@example.com or visit www.z-wavealliance.org.
About Z-Wave Technology:
Z-Wave is an international wireless standard for intelligent, interoperable, low-power, RF mesh networking technology. This powerful smart chip and compact protocol enable two-way RF communications amongst Z-Wave enabled devices, thus allowing products and services from multiple manufacturers to work seamlessly. Z-Wave continues to be the technology of choice for industry leaders representing: Home Automation, Remote Home/Health Monitoring, Home Entertainment, Smart Home Control, Energy Management and Connected Home Services. Z-Wave enabled products represent the world’s largest ecosystem of interoperable smart products – www.z-wave.com.
About The Z-Wave Alliance:
The Z-Wave Alliance is a consortium of over 160 companies worldwide who use the Z-Wave technology in their products and services. Alliance members collaborate on the advancement of the Z-Wave technology and on solutions in market areas including; smart home, smart energy, security, remote home management, hospitality, and aging independently. The Alliance operates an interoperability and coexistence test lab that is open to Alliance members and non-members. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.z-wavealliance.org.
Z-Wave® is the first technology to bring affordable, reliable and easy-to-use wireless control to every aspect of daily life, including home appliances, consumer electronics, healthcare, and energy use, to name just a few. Z-Wave is an award-winning, proven and interoperable wireless mesh networking technology that allows a wide array of devices in and around the home to communicate including lighting, appliances, HVAC, entertainment centres and security systems. Z-Wave brings many benefits to everyday life including remote home monitoring, home healthcare, safety and security, and energy conservation. Z-Wave certified products are currently available from leading consumer brands in more than 600 products worldwide. For more information about Z-Wave please visit www.z-wave.com.
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