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  Date: 22/03/2015

Z-Wave's new IoT design competition for start-up companies

The Z-Wave Alliance announced a new competition called Z-Wave Labs Program for start-up companies and entrepreneurs looking to bring Z-Wave products to market.

The program will reward one selected individual/company each month starting in May 2015 with a 12-month membership to the Z-Wave Alliance as well as one of the newly available IoT-ready 500 Series Z-Wave Developer Kits from Sigma Designs.

“The Z-Wave Alliance recognizes the importance of start-ups and disrupters in the industry both to jump start innovation but also to accelerate widespread adoption of smart home and IoT technology,” said Mary Miller, Senior Director of Corporate Marketing at Sigma Designs and a Principal Board member of the Z-Wave Alliance, “With over 1200 Z-Wave-certified devices currently on the market and 300 companies working together to create more solutions every single day, this program is a unique opportunity for young start-ups and entrepreneurs to engineer exciting new products for the Z-Wave ecosystem.”

Winners can choose from the new 500 Series Developer Kits for support in building either controller or embedded Z-Wave products.
The Z-Wave Controller Development Kit includes:
Faster time to market — A Z-Wave gateway/router prototype can be built within one week.
Reduced development cost to enter the IoT Smart Home market
Source code stacks as a resource on which to build OEM applications
A single kit for product development serves all regions in the world

Sigma Designs’ Z-Wave Embedded Development Kit consists of the hardware and software tools required to develop Z-Wave embedded IoT for Smart Home end-devices such as door locks, lights, sensors and thermostats.

The Z-Wave Embedded Development Kit includes:
Embedded sample applications for quick prototyping
Framework for building new software applications
Z-Wave protocol sniffer tools for analyzing and resolving issues
Z-Wave RF modules for building prototypes
Versatile development module for easy hardware prototyping

“Winners will have mentors that provide access to an extensive network of companies who know how to manufacture, distribute and market Z-Wave products. Winners will have an opportunity to leverage the diverse go-to market channels that Z-Wave Alliance membership will afford them,” said Miller.

More details on the Z-Wave Labs Program, including the application process, judging criteria and timelines will be announced in April 2015.

For more information visit http://z-wavealliance.org.
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