From the Wires
Raspberry Pi Now Adds Z-Wave Home Control Through Simple Plug-In Module
Hottest New Development Platform and Leading Home Control Technology Come Together in a Developer's Dream System
By: Marketwire .
Jan. 4, 2013 12:47 PM
MILPITAS, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/04/13 -- The Raspberry Pi, an inexpensive yet powerful mini-computer that's taking the development world by storm, is about to get smarter. The new intelligence arrives via a plug-in module that adds Z-Wave, the key enabling technology behind the wireless home control and automation revolution. The marriage of the two technologies will be launched at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV, January 8-11 and shown at the Z-Wave Alliance exhibit, booth #20800, South Hall #1.
Z-Wave Alliance member Z-Wave.me is introducing the RaZberry, a kit incorporating a Z-Wave hardware module that snaps on the Raspberry Pi's serial connector, along with the award winning Z-Wave protocol stack and firmware Z-Way. Together, these two products make it possible for developers to access the huge Z-Wave ecosystem of home control products, and gives them the ability to create their own unique, inexpensive, powerful control and automation solutions. Z-Wave provides the world's largest ecosystem of interoperable products, such as lighting and HVAC controls, window and shade controls, door lock and access controls, as well as a multitude of sensors and actuators. Raspberry Pi provides the access to user control from smart phones, tablets, browsers, HDMI devices and the cloud.
How Z-Wave Extends The Raspberry Pi Platform
The Z-Way software also provides users with an initial user interface demo, through which all the functionality provided by the Z-Wave wireless technology can be tested. It also includes a JSON (Java Script Object Notation) interface integrated into the software. JSON is a compact data format which provides both humans and machines with an easy to read text format, which makes it possible for even programming novices to create their own user interfaces for iPhones, Android phones and web browsers.
The combination of the inexpensive Raspberry Pi and the Z-Wave plug-in module also make the technology suitable for commercial applications. The two components combine to provide a robust gateway solution, with straightforward connection to a typical grouping of Z-Wave components. In the event of a broad-scale commercial deployment with a large number of components being connected, users can acquire additional Z-Way software licenses from Z-Wave.
With a price tag of about $59 US, the RaZberry kit makes it easy and affordable for anyone to build Z-Wave applications on the Raspberry Pi.
For more information please visit http://razberry.zwaveeurope.com/
Raspberry Pi is a trademark of the Raspberry Pi Foundation.
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