Everyone's home is different. They have been designed individually and situated in their own spot, which means that they have their own security needs, which calls for individualized products and accessories. Fortunately, there is a wide choice of devices on the market, many of which have the Z-Wave home automation control protocol.
What Is It?
Z-Wave devices are automated products that use a radio frequency control protocol that works in the 900 MHz band of radio frequency to send messages between products.
What Are The Benefits?
The Z-Wave is particularly geared towards compatibility with practically anything you can automate. Your CCTV cameras, automatic dimmer switches and door locks can all work together to make your home safe. You only need 2 to start your home automation. It is easy to get the requisite 2-or-more, too. As of 2013, Z-Wave protocol was in 900 products, from dimmers to security alarms and was supported by 250 companies. It comes in automated door locks, thermostats, and a whole slew of other options. What's more, the more of these devices you have, the better their performance gets because of the mesh network the devices create.
And the protocol has performance benefits. Using devices with the Z-Wave RF protocol means that there is little interference from the lower frequencies, and the wave length of the sound allows Z-Wave devices to communicate easily through walls and objects.
You can hook the Z-Wave devices up to the internet if you get a gateway or central control device, and this will allow you to control your security system from anywhere while adding the rest of your home automation devices to the network. You can put the control on a wireless keyfob or a wall-mounted keypad, too.
On top of this, the radio wave frequency is lower than wifi, so the batteries in your products will last 3-5 years.
Talk to the person installing your automated security system about the products they are using. Z-Wave devices may be the best fit for your home.