There is an “Internet of Things” standards war coming and Z-Wave will emerge triumphant, at least according to two of its leading advocates.
Despite a number of high-profile setbacks in recent weeks, interim chair of the Z-Wave Alliance Raoul Wijgergangs and Alliance Board member Avi Rosenthal are (as you’d expect) confident that the standard they back will win out over rivals ZigBee, Thread, and Bluetooth.
“We have real products and real brands and are going faster than ever before,” argued Wijgergangs who is also a vice-president at Sigma Designs, which owns the Z-Wave standard. He points out the new kid on the block, Google-backed standard Thread, has very little information about it, has plans for an initial specification in June and any products will be at least a year away.
Rosenthal draws parallels with the famous VHS and Betamax video format war where the “technically superior” Betamax system was wiped out when manufacturers and content companies went with VHS.
“The format was vetted out by the consumer,” he told us. “And at the moment, the market has spoken. Consumers don’t care what format products use, they just want them to work.”
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