Q&A with Mitchell Klein, Executive Director, Z-Wave Alliance.
Q: Why ISE?
MITCHELL KLEIN: ISE is a cornerstone event for Alliance members to introduce and demonstrate their new IoT solutions to the professional installer community in Europe. With a global network of smart home brands and integrators, ISE represents an important touch point for Z-Wave to engage, collaborate, and educate. We’re looking forward to continuing to show off our award-winning Z-Wave Certified Installer Toolkit (Z-CIT) and talk about how much value it brings to any smart home install with Z-Wave. The CIT is a unique toolkit available to Alliance members and enables professional installers to test the health and stability of new Z-Wave networks.
Q: What is the most exciting trend you expect to see at the show?
MK: At ISE, we expect to see more discussion around IoT adoption beyond the smart home and the increased tolerance and even popularity of connected living. Integrators can now think about widening their customer base beyond AV and home automation and offer these solutions for offices, hotels, rental properties, and more. New IoT technologies like smart locks, sensors, and surveillance cameras are enabling remote monitoring and management of entire buildings, and this trend is driving a widespread adoption across multiple verticals. We’re looking forward to seeing live demonstrations of these new to market technologies from Z-Wave Alliance members in the Z-Wave Pavilion. We also know we’ll continue to see AI-powered voice assistants pick up steam in the European market and drive brand new use cases and offerings.
Q: How will your solutions inspire integrators?
MK: Today there are over 2600 interoperable certified Z-Wave devices in the market and these solutions are giving integrators one of the most diversified product ecosystems on the market. That’s really the magic of Z-Wave—an entire project doesn’t need to be tied to just one brand and one style or design. Integrators can recommend a variety of options to their customers. Integrators have the opportunity to help their customers find solutions for many use cases including energy efficiency, remote monitoring, added convenience and building security. And using the Z-Wave Certified Installer Toolkit as not just a setup tool, but a device that integrators can sell as part of a project and leave behind; they are able to offer monthly maintenance and support packages, creating RMR opportunities. Every Z-Wave device is held to the same standards of interoperability, backwards-compatibility, and security so customers can trust when a product has that Z-Wave certified logo.
To learn more, visit the Z-Wave Pavilion at Stand 9-E150 at ISE 2019.