An automatic door project called ProxDoor by W Cubed has won the latest Z-Wave contest and will receive Z-Wave Alliance membership and access to the new Z-Wave IoT ready 500 series development kits.
The ProxDoor senses when you leave and approach the door and then automatically locks or unlocks the door. The user can fix the transmitter in a vehicle, bike, or can be worn. As the transmitter comes closer to the ProxDoor receiver, one or more door locks start operating whether to lock or unlock as per the users settings. So that way, the user doesn't need to carry the keys and access any code to open the lock.
“The ProxDoor shows the true innovation in smart home products,” said Mitchell Klein, executive director of the Z-Wave Alliance. “From safety to convenience, this device presents a variety of use cases that are helpful to consumers without being complicated.”
The proximity sensors more used in industrial and automotive markets but With these kind of applications they also find space in smart home market.
“Being familiar with Z-Wave technology, we realized that it is the natural choice of support for our product,” said Brad Waite, co-founder of W-Cubed. “The addition of Z-Wave would be a great solution for the ProxDoor to allow users to control their Z-Wave door locks and garage doors.”
W Cubed expects to integrate Z-Wave technology and launch the ProxDoor in 2017.