The Z-Wave Alliance, the standards development organization dedicated to advancing the smart home and Z-Wave® technology, today announces the newly elected Z-Wave Alliance Board of Directors, shares updates on the organization’s upcoming core initiatives and announces upcoming 2024 events.
Z-Wave Alliance Elected Board of Directors 2024
Effective today, the updated roster of roles and representatives spanning the connected home and IoT industry is as follows:
Chairman of the Board – Avi Rosenthal, bluesalve partners
Vice Chairman of the Board – Gustaf Lonaeus, Alarm.com
Treasurer – Kevin Kraus, Fortune Brands Innovation
Secretary – Bill Scheffler, Trident IoT
Chair Emeritus – Jonathan Adams, Amazon
Director – Jake Alamat, Silicon Labs
Director – Lisa Corte, ASSA ABLOY
Director – Geoff Cummings, Johnson Controls Inc.
Director – Scott Laing, Vivint
Director – John Osborne, Lexi Devices
Director – Andrew Weir, ADT
In addition to the updated roster of Z-Wave Alliance Board of Directors for 2024, the Z-Wave Alliance would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank and recognize Mitch Klein for all of his service and devotion during his tenure of Executive Director for the Z-Wave Alliance. In light of all of his contributions and dedication, the newly elected Board of Directors unanimously agreed there is no replacement for the role Mitch Klein provided and has decided to retire the optional board position in his honor. The Z-Wave Alliance would like to wish Mitch Klein all the best in his future endeavors.
“To say that the past year for Z-Wave and the Alliance has been transformative would be an understatement,” said Avi Rosenthal, Chairman of the Board for the Z-Wave Alliance. “In 2023 alone, the Z-Wave Alliance has taken swift action to fully ratify Z-Wave as an open-source technology by announcing silicon availability via an additional resource. Z-Wave Alliance membership, which remains paramount, benefitted through the expansion of available certification laboratories and the creation of new membership levels to broaden the organization’s reach, foster innovation, and add new opportunities for Z-Wave involvement. Even with all of that, the Z-Wave Alliance is just getting started.”
Z-Wave Open Source and Certification Updates
At the end of 2022, the Z-Wave Alliance announced the release of the Z-Wave Source Code project which was published and made available to Z-Wave Alliance members on GitHub. Under the direct supervision of the Open-Source Work Group (OSWG), 2023 has been an explosive year for Open Z-Wave with some incredible milestones achieved. As of December 2023, the GitHub for open-source Z-Wave reached 100 users across over 30 membership companies and over 130,000 lines of code have been added/modified. A testament to collaboration, the significant progress in the past twelve months solidifies the rich development environment that has been created to provide those with an interest in playing a direct role in the advancement of Z-Wave and has provided members an arena to come together and work to develop new command classes.
On the certification front, 2023 was an equally impressive year for the Z-Wave Certification program. Across the year, a total of 160 new Z-Wave devices including 50 Z-Wave Long Range devices passed certification. These advancements bring the total number of Z-Wave devices that have been certified for interoperability regardless of manufacturer or silicon generation to over 4,400 devices.
2024 Z-Wave Alliance Summit and Unplug Fest
The Z-Wave Alliance will hold two sanctioned events in 2024 as a chance to meet face-to-face with the diverse membership including the companies and representatives responsible for developing Z-Wave technology and bringing certified solutions to the market.
“The most recent Z-Wave Alliance Summit and Unplug Fest was a resounding success, showcasing the most pressing Z-Wave advancements and the ever-evolving landscape of our industry,” said Gustaf Lonaeus, Vice Chairman of the Board for the Z-Wave Alliance. “The hands-on workshops and in-depth discussions on both the marketing and technical front are invaluable as a Z-Wave Alliance member and help provide practical, implementable strategies that chart the course for the future of Z-Wave. Our slated events for 2024 promise to be even more impactful, filled with new insights, strategies, and unparalleled networking opportunities. For those interested in not just keeping pace with change, but driving it, these Z-Wave events are for you.”
In 2024, the Z-Wave Alliance will open up limited sessions within the agenda to existing and prospective members. The two sanctioned events in 2024 are as follows:
April 30 – May 2, 2024 – Z-Wave Alliance Summit and Unplug Fest – Austin, TX
October 21-23, 2024 – Z-Wave Alliance Summit – Seoul Korea
For more Information visit : https://z-wavealliance.org/