Catch the Z-Wave
NEW ORLEANS--Members of the Z-Wave Alliance, a consortium of 150 companies in the home technology space that implement Z-Wave technology, here at The Cable Show, May 18-20, demonstrated potential security solutions to Multi-System Operators (MSOs), or large cable providers, to add to their bundled service offerings.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Cable companies have been looking for ways to increase the services offered to their customers,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Jeff Crews, vice president of service provider rollouts for 4HomeMedia, a software development company and member of the alliance. Ã¢â‚¬Å“A group of industry-leading manufacturers came together to demonstrate how our services could work together using the benefit of Z-Wave technology.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The conference demonstration included four primary Z-Wave Alliance members: 4HomeMedia, with a touch panel UI and devices/services management platform; Crayon Interface, with a mobile phone UI; GE/Jasco with Z-Wave lighting and application controls; and Panasonic with IP cameras.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The reason we were at The Cable Show was because cable companies are looking for ways to increase services offered and determine the next generation of services,Ã¢â‚¬Â Crews said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“There is tremendous competition in the space and, as a result, MSOs are aggressively looking at different opportunities to sell value-added services to customers.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The demonstration was only one of many different potential solutions cable providers could offer their customer base, said Crews. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Right now we are marketing these services to cable companies so they may have a variety of interest in putting together a more security-centric offering that would use different members of the Z-Wave consortium,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The great thing about having 150 members is that it really allows flexibility for cable providers to put together starter kits or a host of devices the homeowner can choose from.Ã¢â‚¬Â
While Crews couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t specifically name interested cable providers, he did say there was a Ã¢â‚¬Å“number of Tier 1 cable providers interested in this demonstrationÃ¢â‚¬Â and that there has been strong interest in a Z-Wave solution in the last six months.