Waferlocks new home automation system uses a Z-Wave gateway to delegate commands from its Android-based tablet to various devices. The system includes a video door phone, light switches, curtain controllers, alarms and various sensors. Users can arm/disarm alarms, view video feeds from security cameras, call security guards, control lights, and other common home automation featuresÜall from the tablet. Users can set the tablet on its wall-mounted recharging dock when its out of juice.
Also on display was its _4-in-1î door lock, which allows a user to unlock the door via Mifare, fingerprint, passcode, or physical key; optional Z-Wave and RS-485 modules are also available.
Different from many Asian manufacturers, Waferlock believes that using proprietary protocols to lock users into an ecosystem will ultimately shrink the market. Users appreciate the ability to customize or extend a system as they need, especially since each home is different. Adopting a standard like Z-Wave is the only way for the smart home market to flourish, as most manufacturers cannot make a system in which each component perfectly suits every user.
However, Waferlock Project Manager Tom Cheng is quick to point out that while the system theoretically supports all Z-Wave devices, the Android-based wireless touch panels UI may need additional work to allow users to operate themÜwhich Waferlock is happy to help with.