As the IoT and industries related to it continue to expand at mind-boggling speeds, it’s only natural that myths and hear-say about IoT-related technologies grow as well. One of the greatest victims of scandalous rumors is Z-Wave technology, a critical aspect of the IoT that is often unfairly castigated by those who present false or misleading information.
So just how secure is Z-Wave technology? What are the most persistent myths about it, and why do some people benefit from spreading them? Below, we’ll go over five common myths about Z-Wave tech, and explain just how wrong they are.
Z-Wave is difficult to integrate into the IoT
One of the most heinous hoaxes proliferating around the internet is that Z-Wave technology is difficult to integrate into the IoT, and presents serious challenges to IoT application and gadget developers. Nothing could be further from the truth, however. Some Z-Wave critics argue that its development kits are few and far-between, and challenging to both locate and utilize. The reality, however, is that a plethora of Z-Wave development kits are readily prepared to help IoT developers achieve their objectives easily.
Many of these development kits even come with access to technical support, and are tailor-made to get IoT applications up and running in no time.
Z-Wave is especially vulnerable to attacks
Another persistent myth about Z-Wave is that it’s particularly vulnerable to attacks by malevolent hackers seeking to infiltrate your network. The fact that Z-Wave tech necessarily builds an expansive communications network between your digitally connected devices leads some to believe that this means there are plenty of openings for nefarious attacks to exploit, but Z-Wave tech actually relies on dense levels of encryption to remain secure.
Sigma Designs, for instance, recently announced they would be seriously upgrading their security framework to better secure users’ valuable information. Virtually all Z-Wave tech is secured not only on the local level, but on the gateway level to the cloud, as well, meaning brute force attacks are largely ineffective against it.
Z-Wave is yesterday’s security platform
Other critics contend that Z-Wave’s age renders it the security platform of yesteryear, and believe it’s incapable of meeting the demands of modern user security such as Java Pipe’s Java hosting. While Z-Wave has been around for decades, it’s continued ability to adapt to modern innovations still makes it a staple in the IoT world, and many massive companies still rely on it to remain secure.
AT&T and Verizon, for instance, have integrated some Z-Wave tech into their systems as they aim to expand further into the smart-home market. Some experts predict the smart-home market will be as valuable as an eye-popping $70,208.6 million by 2023. As this IoT-related gold mine continues to grow, Z-Wave will continue to evolve alongside of it to better meet tomorrow’s security needs.
Z-Wave is a regionally limited product
Due to the fact that Z-Wave tech relies on regional radio frequencies, some critics have also submitted that it’s a regionally limited product unsuitable for a global marketplace. Z-Wave’s reliance on local signals allows it to avoid the highly-trafficked 2.4-GHz spectrum, however, and there still exist very wide accessibility to Z-Wave devices all around the globe.
Another positive side effect of this is that when IoT initiatives look for new pieces of tech to enlist in their crusade to get on the market, they’ll be able to pick which exact Z-Wave module is right for them.
Z-Wave has high barriers to entry for startups
When all other myths have been exhausted, Z-Wave critics often resort to slandering it by protesting it’s simple too challenging for developers to use as they embark on their journey to bring an IoT service or gadget to the market. Yet Z-Wave tech offers a variety of modules for consumers to choose, and save serious time, effort, and cash elsewhere in the development process.
Consider, for instance, that developers who rely on a chip-based design would have to design, test, and painstakingly source the components for their tech before they can even begin. The ability for Z-Wave tech to reduce the time it takes to get to the market while remaining relatively cheap thus renders it perfect for developers looking to cash in on the IoT without breaking their own bank in the process.
With these myths thoroughly dispelled, it can be easy to see why Z-Wave tech still has a strong future in the IoT industry, and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Developers will continue to rely on Z-Wave for its reliable security and extremely easy to use development kits as they pioneer innovative new services for the smart-home industry.
The diverse Z-Wave ecosystem, featuring tens of thousands of products from various manufacturers, has lasted for decades for one reason; it’s simple, secure and effective at what it does.
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