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Z-Way enables smart home device voice control via Google Home

Z-Way enables smart home device voice control via Google Home
Z-Wave Europe, the leading European value-added distributor and manufacturer for Z-Wave based wireless home automation, recently announced the opportunity to control devices with smart home firmware via Google Home voice control.

The addition features intuitive voice control for smart home gateways with Z-Way firmware as well as easy connection between home automation devices and Google Home.

The Z-Way firmware was already integrated with Amazon Echo voice control. And now thanks to the extended integration, Google Home users can also control devices within their connected home by using voice.

Z-Way is the first certified controller software for home automation devices running the Z-Wave wireless protocol. It is worth noting that Z-Wave is the world’s largest ecosystem for wireless meshing within smart homes.

The Z-Way firmware is used in the Raspberry minicomputer, in the Western Digital My Cloud Smart Home System and in the POPP HUB control center as well. As such, this smart home controller software is already in use in several thousand households and buildings.

The Z-Way firmware built into the hubs listed above should allow users expanded access to smaller accessories like sensors and plugs without needing to invest in a big-name smart home platform like SmartThings.

The update which enables controlling via Google Home is available as a module for the POPP HUB as of now. Raspberry and Western Digital Smart Home System users can use this module shortly, also under the name POPP.

At the IFA show taking place in Berlin Sept. 1-9, Z-Wave Pavilion are co-hosted by Z-Wave Europe and the Z-Wave Alliance in Hall 6.2a, Booth 141 with more than twenty leading smart home brands.

Google’s working on expanding the number of devices with the Google Assistant built-in, while Z-Wave is working on helping users use the Assistant to control more of your home. Z-Way already works with Amazon’s assistant Alexa, so a DIY smart home is becoming ever easier to control with the voice.

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