New Z-Wave long range (Z-Wave LR) will significantly extended wireless range and support robust networks – range for devices like door locks, garage door sensors, gate access solutions, while scalability will increase 10x to 2000 nodes on a single smart home network.

Z-Wave LR eliminates the need for a repeater within the network by increasing the transmission range found in Z-Wave. Increased range unlocks new potential for Z-Wave networks, making it easier than ever before to enrol smart home and IoT devices deployed at the end of the yard or beyond for enhanced functionality.

With dynamic power control to optimize operation, Z-Wave LR increases typical sensor use cases on a coin cell battery up to 10 years. At the same time, Z-Wave LR devices can be installed as part of any Z-Wave network and they feature interoperability and backwards compatibility with any previously installed Z-Wave device.

The Z-Wave LR specification will be managed and certified under the Z-Wave Plus V2 certification program, which currently mandates the inclusion of the enhanced S2 security framework as well as SmartStart, a setup feature that enables true plug and play for the consumer smart home.

“The Z-Wave LR specification is the first of many technical developments to come from within the new Alliance standards development organizational structure,” said Mitchell Klein, executive director, Z-Wave Alliance. “As smart home networks continue to grow, mature, and add more complex devices, there is a need for more robust technology to support them.

“With Z-Wave LR, we are building upon Z-Wave’s legacy of strong networks by supporting more devices in a home or building with increased node counts and greater range. It’s more important than ever that IoT devices live on strong, reliable networks, and we’re excited to support this with the latest Z-Wave specification.”

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