Leviton announced a new application solution at ISC West, which it says addresses individual security and privacy concerns by reducing phantom loads.
This solution utilizes the new Leviton Decora Smart Z-Wave Plus devices, in combination with third party ecosystems, to cut power — selectively or automatically — to equipment containing microphones and cameras such as PCs, consumer electronic (CE) Devices, smart appliances, and smart televisions. This enables on-demand control via a button press, automatic activation when leaving a residence, or day and time scheduling, according to Leviton.
“This has become a significant concern, as nearly two-thirds of consumers are worried about the connected devices in their homes listening in on their conversations, according to a Gartner survey released earlier this week,” the company continued.
When used with an appropriate eco-system or security system, users may activate Leviton Decora Smart Z-Wave Plus load controls including switches and plug-in power modules. To ensure total security, Leviton load controls also feature an extra layer of real-time, 2-way electrical (On/Off) status communications, similar to the encrypted communications layer used by smart door lock manufacturers.
This power capability is possible through all Decora Smart with Z-Wave Technology devices equipped with Leviton’s firmware that are connected to a compatible residential or commercial home security system, including the DZ15A Plug-in Outlet. Together, these Z-Wave Plus systems can enable or disable devices when the secure Z-Wave termination command is received.
“What this means for consumers is that Leviton’s plug-and-play technology allows homeowners and facility mangers to truly turn off any connected device that may be concerning from a privacy standpoint, such as TVs and video cameras,” said Ian Hendler, director of business development for Leviton Manufacturing. “This allows plug-in video cameras, for instance, to be effectively disconnected while you are in your home and then switched back on when you’re away, enabling “live status” monitoring or other activities users want.”