First Z-Wave To Apple HomeKit Bridge Demonstrated

Z-Wave Alliance member Z-Wave.Me has performed the first public demonstration of Z-Wave control integrated with the Apple HomeKit control and automation system.

At the Smart Home Congress & Expo in Halle, Germany on September 26, Dr. Christian Paetz, Z-Wave Alliance Evangelist for Europe showed a solution based on a Z-Wave controller called Z-Way, which is based on the popular and inexpensive Raspberry Pi minicomputer platform. Developed by Z-Wave.Me, the Z-Way controller is certified by the Z-Wave Alliance, and is now in the re-certification process for Z-Wave Plus, the next generation of Z-Wave features and capabilities. The software is commercially licensed and about 10,000 developers and end users have used it for their own smart home projects.

As part of the ongoing enhancement of Z-Way, its software has evolved into a more complete home control system supporting an open source Javascript logic engine, as well as plugins for third-party communication stacks and the Apple HomeKit system. The HomeKit implementation operates as a bridge device, and maps all connected Z-Wave devices into the HomeKit device directory, using Apple's HomeKit device classes.

During the live demonstration, Dr. Paetz used an Apple iPad Mini running the just-released iOS 8 operating system. Using this system, Dr. Paetz controlled several Z-Wave devices live on stage.
The Homekit interface will now become part of the 2.0 release of Z-Way, which is currently in beta testing.

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