ISC West 2019: Z-Wave Alliance and Silicon Labs- Interview with Mary Miller

ISC West 2019: Z-Wave Alliance and Silicon Labs- Interview with Mary Miller


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ISC West 2019: Z-Wave Alliance and Silicon Labs- Interview with Mary Miller


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I di wires here and I see West 2019 in Las Vegas with Mary company being a plus the 500 chipset series features future of z-wave expand medical a beyond security yeah exactly so great to be talking to you here I'm really delighted that you asked me to share some of my knowledge with some of your di wires as you mentioned we were recently acquired the z-wave technology from our old parent company so it's been around for about 15 years and a year ago this month we were purchased by Silicon Labs which as you know is a really big chip company so we've got a much bigger footprint which we're hoping is going to really enable getting a lot of new z-wave products to market because we've got a much larger Salesforce yes but the other really exciting thing that happens since we've joined this new organization is we have a whole new development platform that we put the new z-wave 700 package onto so we're taking advantage and this is not for your di wires out there probably but but people that are manufacturing these products are taking advantage of a whole new development environment which is much more plug-and-play it's so much easier to develop a product we're reducing the price of the actual development kits so hopefully we're going to get a lot of even Kickstarter kind of people involved with hey I can build something that'll go in a z-wave Network so we're totally excited about this we're opening it up it used to be three thousand dollars to get a development kit now it's three hundred and seventy nine bucks so yeah I know it's so exciting but beyond this development environment which we think is going to drive a lot of innovative new products in the market the other aspect of this is the actual chip itself it's going to have an arm core which we've never had in the past so it's going to have a lot of computational horsepower that computational horsepower is going to allow manufacturers to create end devices that are intelligent that have some AI built into them it won't have to go to the cloud to figure out who's moving in the room or whether that's part of the schedule it's going to actually be able to identify things and course-correct your home so your home will go from smart to intelligent based on smarter and devices beyond that we're going to have ten years on a coin cell battery I mean that is unheard of in anything but like a one-way 433 you know and even that is a stretch so we're really excited about this energy efficiency that we're getting out of this new chip because we think this is going to enable a lot of new capabilities in the home particularly in the sensor market so as you know I mean there's door and window sensors there's moisture freeze all kinds of things but the size of these things has been limited by the fact you needed to put a fairly substantial battery in it now a coin cell battery will allow us to shrink down the footprint itself of all the sensors of the sensors great and beyond that you're going to be able to put them in places you've never thought of before into bed sensors you can have a z-wave bed sensor for example or a couch sensor you want to know if your dog's been on the couch all day you'll be find that out but I think some of these other sensors like into the bed itself and everywhere I mean it's going to be a ubiquitous thing so the whole home has a context and it will be able to respond to who you are and what you need now this is going to be particularly interesting to your di wires because as the population of America is aging yes a hundred thousand people turn 65 every single day of the week that means people are getting older and they want to stay in their homes longer I mean for heaven's sakes there's not even enough places to put all these old people if we needed to oh yeah so this is where expensive it's a very exactly chickens can lower their opossum this can lower the cost of that and it can provides peace of mind to the caregiver so if you've got a mom who's 500 miles away you get your local di wire to put a wonderful security package into her home which includes these new sensors so you know when she's getting out of bed in the morning you know that she's gone into the bathroom you know that she's gone into the kitchen you put a door lock in you put some lights in so that exactly because you will then know what her pattern is and if you can build it so it would alert you if that pattern was out of whack somehow you'd pick up the phone you know mum hasn't opened the bathroom door yet today okay and it's 9:30 she's usually in there by 9:00 okay I better call mom uh-oh no answer at mom's let me call the next door neighbor who I've already got on the call list let the next-door neighbor in through the smart door lock that you can open remotely for somebody and take care of mom when you're not you're not the one down the street but you can be there and and it just adds whole uplift in term sentience in its automation it does it does additionally we've done life thermos - and into thinking about what else could I do with this and this you could add it on to your existing package I think I mean depending on how your system works in the backend you could add mom's home into this for you so you and it becomes then a very sticky service which is I think important to your end users you don't want people changing their supply you know they're a company that's doing the monitoring you want to keep that guy for life and if you're adding something that adds enormous value to them so whether it's keeping an eye on a latchkey kid or aging-in-place or even your pet I mean there's just a lot of things that can happen and with this new ubiquity of some of these sensors it makes it even easier right right right fitter get littler and littler and smarter and smarter no question about existing customers kind of generally things are backwards compatible with always backwards-compatible extreme always backwards-compatible a product today will work with something that was certified back in 2004 correct but a lot of it it will have right a lot of the new features will be compatible with a 500 series panel and you'll be able to get that extended range you're going to be able to get that longer battery life all of those things will work with the 500 panel but it's some of the other things perhaps smart start being one of them yeah have you heard about smart stars or can I tell you about that okay well the number one reason people don't get a smart home environment especially DIY is I'm not talking about you professional people but it's because they're so hard to put in I mean it's always complicated and everything installs in a different way and you got to push push and wait for the light to turn and blink twice centers work yes so it's frustrating okay and that's why you guys have had such a corner on the market but the upside for the Installer is you can put a lot more products into the home in a shorter amount of time with this new pre commissioned functionality you can actually commission the devices before you did a truck roll to work with the panel and all you need to do is plug things in and they work we are a traditional security company in the sense of of our dealer role we very much work with customers who are alright you want to do a lot of this stuff themselves especially on the automation side yeah I think the industry as a whole has cultivated the customer and user the Installer in a lot of ways sure and that's not always the case and there are certain values to having true integrators I've been in a very advanced approaches and I get it and those things many pros if there are a lot of things you can do yourself right especially with some of the plug and play devices like a like a plug or a sensor that you could install yourself I mean high voltage and low voltage all of that and thermostats they can be tricky but let's face it if you wanted to just get that lamp in the living room to turn off and on when you want it through your interface wouldn't it be nice if all you did was take it out of the box plug it in and suddenly your app says oh we have a new light in the living room what do you want to call it and that's how easy it's going to be it does just scan that I'm glad you reminded me that I need to explain what the mechanic is and that's on the device it's on the device and you scan the code and it automatically pops into your system because you've scanned the code through you're out no like it's just too easy and with smart start it's actually a functionality that's been enabled with the extension of what we call security s2 which is a new higher level of encryption that is in every single certified product after April of 2017 right anybody who's concerned about hacking or even privacy this is the absolutely gold standard in security in the business it's it completely defeats man-in-the-middle it's it's a diffi Hill elliptical curve diffie-hellman I have no idea what that means but it's it's the same encryption that nASA uses so NSA not now say NSA National Security yeah yeah this is you know this is WikiLeaks proof right does a rich slice the zebra plus by the way once that five hundred gave you extended range from our old 300 series so you've got much better coverage with fewer devices in the home because as you know zo is a mesh network but yeah longer range device to device so that was the key benefit in that z-wave plus upgrade and now we've layered on the s2 which is also in the 500 series and now with the 700 it's mandated to have Smart Start as well as s2 so sorry worse features that technically cannot function in the fire they can they can yeah right but because of the extra Headroom in this new chip it makes it really easy and you're not using up application you know layer memory in order to yeah in order to accommodate those features so now there's plenty plenty available for everything cool yeah yeah there's actually that's off there's over 2700 different interoperable devices from everything from door locks to thermostats to well you know what the products are we've even got a mousetrap yeah lights locks and thermostats siren sure in the wellness space I think that's going to be a huge growth opportunity yeah and a value add that you can sell to your customer when you're in there and again that stickiness of the service I think is very important and here's the trick we're actually talking to those assisted living places so they can incorporate some of this smart technology maybe to reduce the price of taking care of mom when she actually does have to go there so okay YouTube break thanks so much appreciate it so I'll talk to you guys later


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