The Linear WO15Z-1 is a Z-Wave ready AC power outlet, also known as an AC duplex receptacle since it has two grounded power outlets. This device requires hot (120VAC, 15A @ 60Hz), neutral and ground wires from your electrical panel. The upper outlet is always live and not controllable. The lower outlet can be controlled via any compatible Z-Wave controller. This means that any appliance being powered from this outlet can be turned on/off using wireless Z-Wave technology.
Z-Wave is a proprietary RF technology that has gained industry wide acceptance for universal control of lights, locks, thermostats, etc. Essentially there is a small chip inserted into the duplex which allows it to receive commands from and report status to a compatible controller. The beauty of the Linear line of Z-Wave products is that they offer an affordable, reliable way to integrate automation control with your alarm system.
Honeywell and 2GIG security systems now have integrated Z-Wave controller that make this possible. The Honeywell alarm systems require the installation of a compatible Z-wave controller; Whereas the 2GIG Go!Control panel has a factory equipped controller that supports up to 232 devices including Linear. The Honeywell LYNX Touch series (L5100, L5200 and L7000) all support the L5100-ZWAVE controller. This module allows the LYNX Touch panels to "Speak Z-Wave" which is the industry term for being Z-wave compatible.
The VISTA P-Series support two options for controllers: the Tuxedo Touch and the VAM (VISTA Automation Module). The Tuxedo is a graphical touchscreen keypad that also has a built-in Z-wave controller which supports up to 232 devices. The VAM is a more cost effective controller which supports up to 40 Z-Wave devices. This is not a keypad and requires a web browser for access to the web interface for local and remote access.