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Z-Wave Alliance Promotes Enhanced Certification for Next-Gen Devices

With 3000+ certified products in the ecosystem, the new Z-Wave Plus v2 certification ensures stronger interoperability, security, and ease of install for end users.

The Z-Wave Alliance has unveiled details about the Z-Wave Plus v2 certification designed for devices built on the new Z-Wave 700 platform. The updated certification will deliver an improved consumer experience by mandating the inclusion of SmartStart, a setup feature that promises to bring plug-and-play to the consumer smart home.

SmartStart-enabled hubs are able to recognize any SmartStart-enabled accessory device, like a lock or light, with a quick app scan of its QR code. With SmartStart, the device’s information is already set up inside the hub and pairing is complete prior to a consumer adding product — the setup all happens behind the scenes, shortening and simplifying the product setup process for consumers. As more and more devices using the Z-Wave 700 platform are released, SmartStart will become a ubiquitous feature for all Z-Wave smart homes. Additional updates for certification of Z-Wave 700-based devices include a requirement for device identification through an LED light on each product to provide user confirmation that the right device is setup within a hub’s app.

New hubs/gateway devices built on the Z-Wave 700 platform will be required to support every device category, including sensors.

In April 2017, the Z-Wave Alliance Board of Directors voted to make the new IoT security framework, known as Z-Wave S2 Security, mandatory in all newly certified devices. Z-Wave Plus v2 certification will continue to require each device to implement the updated security framework.