Z-Wave.Me, a member of the Z-Wave Alliance, has developed the Key Fob (KFOB), a compact universal remote controller for use in smart homes and businesses that is able to control hundreds of options with just four buttons.
This "all-rounder" with four buttons weighs just 30 grams is no bigger than a remote car key fob and enables you to control and manage all the devices within a Z-Wave network.Further, the remote controller automatically recognizes the nearest Z-Wave device, enabling users to control either individual components or entire groups of devices.
One of the remote controller's practical functions is to control nearby devices directly. The Key Fob automatically recognizes the nearest Z-Wave device, whether it is a light component, a shutter, an entertainment system or any other Z-Wave device. This means that users can control all connected Z-Wave components in their immediate environment at the touch of a button. They can point the KFOB at the device they wish to control, such as a light, and press a button to turn it on. And by pressing the button again, they can turn it off again.
It is also possible to control all Z-Wave components directly in more than one room, and even on more than one floor. If a user goes into a different room, they can control all the other Z-Wave devices there with the same remote controller. Users just have to ensure that devices are not too close to each other: they should be at least approximately one meter apart.
In addition, users can form device groups and allocate a single button to control a whole group. So they can activate entire scenarios just by pressing a button. For example, it would be possible to set an evening TV scenario. This would involve closing the blinds, dimming the lights and turning on the TV. You could also set up scenarios in the workplace.
For example, you could press a button to turn on the lights in the building, activate the PC or open the blinds. Employers could also allocate different rights or scenarios to each employee. In order to activate scenarios, the remote solution connects with an integrated IP gateway in the network on which the scenarios have been configured in advance.
In addition, the Key Fob has a wake-up function. If it is not in use, it goes into a power-saving idle mode. This extends the battery-powered remote controller's lifespan considerably. Moreover, there is a child safety function for users to activate. This blocks unauthorized users from using the KFOB. The remote controller also uses bidirectional Z-Wave protocol radio transmission. This means that users receive light signals via the integrated LED confirming whether their commands have been properly executed.
This article originally appeared on EE Times Europe.