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New Gateway Brings Z-Wave Control to URC Remotes

The new TRF-ZW1 Z-Wave Extender is designed to be an integrated part of URC’s Total Control system. The gateway allows control of Z-Wave devices such as door locks and lights from any Total Control interface including remotes, keypads and smart phones or tablets… Keep your eye on things at home - Using URCs handheld remotes or brilliant […]

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Review: Home Automation Insider on the Fibaro Z-Wave Wall Plug

In what we hope will be a regular slot, we’ve talked Automated Home reader, turned Home Automation Industry Insider, Martyn Wendon, into reviewing some smart home kit. For his first review we asked him to give us the low down on the Fibaro’s Z-Wave Wall Plug. Background I’ve been a Z-Wave convert for several years now and […]

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Fibaro Launch Innovative Z-Wave Motion Sensor

Fibaro have officially announced the latest addition to its line-up of products today, the new Z-Wave FGM-001 Motion Sensor. The device detects motion and can be used as part of a security system to monitor your home when you’re out.  But it can also be actively used as part of a sophisticated home automation system too. […]

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Exclusive Interview: Mark Walters On ‘Z-Wave Plus’ The Next Generation

Recently the Z-Wave Alliance got in touch with Automated Home and offered us some one on one time with their Chairman, Mark Walters. We chatted about the next generation of Z-Wave, other wireless technologies and the chances of an overriding standard for the smart home. The Seattle based executive has been involved in home automation […]

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Fibaro Launch New Home Center Lite Home Automation Controller [Updated]

Building on the success of their award winning Home Center 2, Polish smart home specialist Fibaro have today announced a brand new home automation controller, the Home Center Lite. The compact unit (90 x 90 x 33 mm) employs a 720MHz Cortex A8 processor and its on-board Z-Wave radio can manage up to 230 devices. The HC Lite ships with […]

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Video: Fibaro Z-Wave Smoke Sensor

Polish smart home specialist Fibaro are now shipping their new Z-Wave Smoke Sensor. Described as ‘probably the smallest wireless smoke sensor in the World’ the £60 unit also integrates with most wired alarm systems available on the market. Advanced production technology allowed to significantly minimise the sensor components, making Fibaro sensor the most advanced device of […]

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Case Study: UK Z-Wave Home Automation Setup

Sometimes the best inspiration for building your own home automation system is to have a look at what others have done. The guys over at Vesternet have recently launched their new ‘Case Studies’ section and it’s a great opportunity to go through the keyhole and into some contemporary Smart Homes. Here’s their best install to date […]

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Heat Genius

Heat Genius: Intelligent Heating Controller with Z-Wave

Heat Genius have recently launched their new intelligent domestic heating controller. They say that heating accounts for 66% of household energy usage (an average bill of £750 per year for every home) and according to a study by Microsoft and Lancaster University an intelligent heating controller can save up to 35% of a UK home’s heating bill compared […]

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Z-Wave Announce 1,000th Product & Second Chip Supplier

Up until now Sigma Designs have been the sole manufacturer of the chips that go inside all Z-Wave home automation devices. That’s set to change with the announcement that Mitsumi has licensed the Z-Wave 500 series wireless RF technology to become a second source of the radios. It will also manufacture its own original design module. The […]

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New “Invisible” Z-Wave Door Sensor

Aeon Labs have launched a new Aeotec Z-Wave door Sensor. The unit comes in 2 parts, the smaller unit containing a magnet is hidden in the door or window while the larger cylinder is recessed into the frame.  The CR2 battery contained should provide around a year of service before needing changed. The sensor should be […]

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