Z-Wave Alliance Joins Forces with the OpenADR Alliance

Author: Spencer Ogden
Date posted31/Jan/2012
Author: Spencer Ogden

The Z-Wave Alliance and the OpenADR Alliance are collaborating on compliance and interoperability programs to support the successful market deployment of the OpenADR 2.0 standard.  OpenADR Alliance executive director Barry Haaser says the successful adoption of the OpenADR standard in the consumer market “requires a pervasive adoption of high speed Internet and residential energy management. The Z-Wave Alliance has a large installed base home automation and service provider marketplace, making this a platform for aligning marketing and technical strategies to enable rapid market deployment.”

Z-Wave Alliance members have successfully completed field trials, such as the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) using OpenADR standards to implement effective demand response programs.

Z-Wave Alliance chairman Mark Walters explains, “Members of the Z-Wave Alliance produce the many of the smart grid components, gateways and end-node devices that make use of the OpenADR Standard so it is only natural that we collaborate on further development and deployment of the Standard. Additionally, our Alliances have many members in common and this agreement makes it easier and more efficient for them to collaborate across Alliance boundaries.”

Z-Wave is an international standard for low-power RF mesh network communication and is used for building area communications so products such as gateways, thermostats, lighting controls, window and shade controls, home energy displays, smart appliances and load controls can form intelligent networks. Z-Wave enabled products represent the world’s largest ecosystem of interoperable smart products.

The Z-Wave Alliance is a consortium of over 160 companies that use the Z-Wave technology in their products and services. The Alliance operates an interoperability and coexistence test lab that is open to Alliance members and non-members.

The OpenADR Alliance supports the development, adoption, and compliance of the Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) standard. For more information, visit www.openadr.org.