Several Chinese companies are showcasing their products at Z-Wave Pavilion at SMAhome Expo 2018. The products include modules, gateways, sensors, smart locks and wall switches.
Saykey Technology has a number of wall switches that can enable scenes or turn on individual lights and other devices. In addition, Saykey also has various curtain motors and air conditioning controllers.
Shenzhen-based Heiman showcased a number of sensors that can detect motion, smoke, combustible gas, carbon monoxide, temperature and humidity and water leak. The Smart Smoke Sensor is the world’s first of its kind to obtain the red dot design award. It has also been certified by both the Zigbee and Z-Wave Alliances, the company said.
Locstar Technology specializes in making smart locks which can be opened via mobile app, fingerprint, password entry, RF card or physical key. Homeowners can grant temporary access to guests and check who have opened and locked the door in a log from the Locstar app. Locstar is a good fit for Airbnb property owners or homeowners who want to let in guests, babysitters or cleaning ladies for a short period of time.
Taiwan-based BTstar Technology makes a Z-Wave gateway which may be applied in home, aquarium and agriculture solutions. Roy Chien from the company said Z-Wave gateway products are few in number in today’s market, because it requires a higher skill level to design Z-Wave gateways. Yet the company is able to design one in just 18 months with an engineering team of about 15 people, Chien said.
Jintaobao Security Technology is showcasing modules to be embedded into Z-Wave devices. In fact, some exhibitors in the Z-Wave pavilion use the company’s modules, said Bill Ling, Jintaobao’s project manager.
Benetek is another Z-Wave smart lock provider. The lock features long battery life and may be opened via remote control, keypad or RF card. Because it is connected to the smart home system, it may be unlocked via trigger events or smartphones.
The locks require no hole drilling for installation. It is invisible from the outside and difficult for burglars to locate the lock.
Promotion of Z-Wave in China started in 2013. The protocol has not been widely adopted in China, partly because making Z-Wave-certified products requires substantial upfront investment, as much as US$10,000.
Z-Wave is not hugely popular in China, and as such, companies making Z-Wave products in China are mostly exporters. Nonetheless, the market is still growing thanks to the country’s great population, said Rebecca Zhang, customer support officer of Ubitech Limited, an official Z-Wave distributor in China.
Zhang is optimistic about Z-Wave’s gaining momentum in China in the second half of 2018, in view of Silicon Labs’ recent acquisition of Sigma Designs. The new development may fuel Z-Wave’s growth, Zhang said.