Raspberry Pi Adds Z-Wave Home Automation with Plug-In Module
The “RaZberry” is launching next week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The $59 kit includes a hardware daughter board that snaps onto the Raspberry Pi’s GPIO connector plus a license for “Z-Way” controller software. Read on for the full PR and links.
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 - Connecting the new RaZberry plug-in to the Raspberry Pi empowers the mini-computer with impressive new capabilities for the exploding smart home market. By using Raspberry Pi as a Z-Wave gateway, businesses and consumers can connect the computer to any Z-Wave compatible home automation solution and be assured of interoperable compatibility between brands. There are now more than 700 certified home control products and services available in the Z-Wave Alliance portfolio. The RaZberry plug-in can easily be connected to the Raspberry Pi without the need for any specialized knowledge — users simply insert the Z-Wave plug-in module into the mini-computer’s GPIO (General Purpose Input/Output). The RaZberry kit contains optimized firmware for Z-Wave, as well as a license for Z-Way, which is the controller software that the Raspberry Pi requires in order to be able to read the Z-Wave wireless protocol.
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.”