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Z-Wave Adds Third-Party Test Partners

BuLogics and the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab will certify Z-Wave products.

Fremont, CA–Two new third-party Z-Wave Certification Test Partners have been contracted to provide Z-Wave certification to products demonstrating Z-Wave compliance and interoperability.

Z-Wave says it has been experiencing remarkable growth, including a 30 percent increase quarter-to-quarter of products submitted for certification. By expanding its certification test partners, Z-Wave will be better equipped to meet the high demand and facilitate faster time-to-market for their partners.

BuLogics, a longstanding member of the Z-Wave Alliance with extensive experience in this standard, and the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab (UNH-IOL), a neutral laboratory dedicated to testing data networking technologies, were selected from a long list of interested parties through a thorough selection process. The labs began testing Z-Wave products earlier this month.

We are pleased to expand our third-party Z-Wave Certification Test Partners to include BuLogics and UNH-IOL, said Mark Walters, chairman of the Z-Wave Alliance. By adding these highly competent partners to our network of certification test partners, we are not only expanding to meet demand, we are further extending our lead in interoperability. In addition, our certification costs will stay low–less than one-tenth the cost of certification for other standards. This reflects our commitment to affordability, for both our developers and consumers.

The new test labs take Z-Wave certification a step further by providing technologically advanced equipment and practices, including:

A neutral environment for verifying Z-Wave compliance and interoperability

Highly qualified and trained personnel performing verification tests

Test labs with state-of-the-art equipment for verifying and debugging Z-Wave compliance

New measures to comply with the growing demand for faster compliance testing and increased process transparency

 Were looking forward to working with the Z-Wave Alliance to certify Z-Wave-enabled products, stated Jeremy Kent, senior technical staff, R&D, of the UNH-IOL. Our deep experience testing a variety of home communication technologies combined with our focus on fostering multi-vendor interoperability makes us an ideal partner to bring Z-Wave to the next level.

The UNH-IOL was established in 1988 and currently runs testing programs for more than 20 data networking and storage standards, including Wi-Fi, Ethernet, DSL, VoIP, IPv4, IPv6 and DLNA.

An established Z-Wave product developer, BuLogics has been actively involved in the Z-Wave Alliances technical activities since its inception. Through its product development, certification testing and collaborative projects with other Z-Wave Alliance members, BuLogics brings a deep technical knowledge and understanding to the Z-Wave certification process.

Z-Wave is committed to making the certification process as straightforward and affordable as possible to ensure the best compatibility across companies, and we are delighted to have been selected as a Z-Wave certification test partner, said Ryan Buchert, president of BuLogics Inc. The Z-Wave Alliance includes some of the strongest and most innovative movers in the marketplace today, and we feel that Z-Wave is well-positioned to establish itself as the standard in wireless home control and automation.

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