Control4 is who has grown their market share in Australia recently is now set to use Z-Wave RF technology as part of their offering.Traditionally a supporter of ZigBee automation technology, the company is now offering a new Control4 driver from the UK called Extra Vegetables, which creates “side dishes” for Control4 and other automation systems.
CE Pro claims that Control4 has always maintained ZigBee is a richer, more reliable mesh networking technology than Z-Wave, but the company is now open to Z-Wave integration. The Z-Wave camp has far more compatible devices – garage door openers, thermostats, sensors, switches, plug-in modules and the like – at prices that are generally lower than their ZigBee counterparts.
The new driver connects Control4 systems to the Vera 2 home controller from Mi Casa Verde. Vera, a low-cost Z-Wave-enabled control system, has an enthusiastic following among do-it-yourselfers, but has never quite made it to the custom channel.
“By installing the Vera 2 and the Extra Vegetables driver in a Control4 installation, the whole world of Z-Wave products and devices is suddenly made available,” according to EV.
In 2009, The Z-Wave Alliance wrote a driver to integrate Control4 with its RF protocol, but the solution was just a proof of concept, and no one really proved it.
The new offering will be shown at the CEDIA 2011 Expo.