The Z-Wave Alliance, a membership organization dedicated to advancing the Z-Wave wireless smart home protocol, has created a membership level aimed at the integrator community involved in smart homes.
"Adding a membership level in the Alliance for integrators and dealers allows those closest to the smart home customer to collaborate with a diverse ecosystem of manufacturers dedicated to creating Z-Wave solutions," said Mitchell Klein, executive director of the Z-Wave Alliance. "We want the alliance to be a destination organization for everyone — from telcos, retailers, home security providers, and the installer community — interested in capitalizing on the growth of Z-Wave in IoT to push adoption even further."
Membership benefits include access to Z-Wave Alliance integrator forums and working groups, as well as technical resources for deployment, troubleshooting, design, and testing of Z-Wave products. Once installers have completed Z-Wave certification, they will be listed on Z-Wave.com, a soon-to-be-launched consumer center for all things smart home. As the new integrator membership unfolds, additional benefits will be available, including access to a dedicated installer tool and discounts from select alliance manufacturer and service provider members.
Integrators who join at the new membership level will receive access to the Z-Wave Certified Installer Training for up to five of their employees with the option to purchase additional passes. The training will provide installers with tools, best practices, protocols, and rules for successful Z-Wave installations.
"This training was created to give installers the edge when it comes to designing, implementing, and maintaining Z-Wave smart home solutions," said Klein. "We want to help save them time and money and boost customer satisfaction by giving them the best Z-Wave experience possible."
Completion of the course, which spans two interactive, 90-minute tested courses, will earn installers CEDIA CEU credits and electricians. Security professionals can apply for CEUs in their specific state.