Z-Wave Alliance expands to Japan
The Z-Wave Alliance, an international consortium of companies that oversee the world's largest interoperable ecosystem for wireless control products and services, announced that it has expanded its global reach to Japan, a move that coincides with the newly approved radio frequency range for low-power RF device usage in that country.
As a result, Z-Wave-based control and automation devices for smart homes and small business can be now used in the Japanese market without the need for radio station licensing.
“This is another important step in our continued growth and world market leadership,” says Mark Walters, Chairman at the Z-Wave Alliance. “The new radio band for low-power RF device usage for control and automation applications in Japan will provide our members with the opportunity to expand their business into this vital new market.”
The Z-Wave Alliance also announced that it has named industry veteran, Hitoshi Kubota, as the Z-Wave Alliance Evangelist in Japan. Kubota has more than 40 years of professional experience in the computer and network industry. Most recently he served as the senior advisor for companies in energy management industry as Smart Grid Architect. Kubota will work to ensure Z-Wave’s rapid adoption in the Japanese market and its use to solve important challenges in energy, aging and other automation and control applications.
Established in 2005, the Z-Wave Alliance is an open consortium of leading companies worldwide dedicated to delivering affordable, reliable wireless home control products and services. Members include 2GIG Technologies, Ingersoll Rand and ADT Security Services.