Access-Control Manufacturer Linear Hosts Z-Wave Alliance Unplug Fest & Developer’s Forum

Linear LLC, a provider of residential and commercial access control, security, and health and wellness solutions, is hosting the Z-Wave Alliance Unplug Fest & Developers Forum on Nov.12-14 at the company’s Carlsbad, Calif., headquarters. The three-day technical event will include training, networking, and a first look at the new Z-Wave Next Gen 500 series. Linear is a principal member of the Z-Wave Alliance, a consortium of global companies that oversee the world’s largest interoperable ecosystem for wireless home-control products and services.

Linear is the largest user of Z-Wave products in the world, according to Z-Wave chip maker Sigma Designs. A recent expansion to a second office in Carlsbad equipped Linear with new facilities to support the technical and training needs of members bringing new products to test with other vendors’ equipment. In recent years, Unplug Fest has helped spread the latest information on Z-Wave protocol and platform extensions while providing a learning opportunity, personally and professionally, for all engineers participating.

Access-Control Manufacturer Linear Hosts Z-Wave Alliance Unplug Fest & Developer's Forum

The event kicks off with two days of technical sessions where attendees will get a first look at the new Z-Wave Next Gen 500 series. The new product portfolio enables Z-Wave manufacturers and smart home service providers to bring new products to market substantially faster and at lower cost, with customizable reference designs and new hardware featuring higher performance and more memory, the company said. Forum attendees will also learn about Z-Wave Plus certification, programming, and testing as well as development tips and tricks.

“As the world’s largest user of Z-Wave products and one of the Alliance’s principal members, we’re eager to have so many Z-Wave engineers and developers together at once sharing knowledge and collaborating on exciting new home-control technologies,” said Duane Paulson, Linear’s senior vice president of product and market development. “The progress made during this event will be a glimpse into the future of home control.”

Admittance to the Developer’s Forum & Unplug Fest is open exclusively to technical personnel from registered Z-Wave Alliance principals and full members for a participation fee of $125 per attendee. The plenary breakfast, working groups, and cocktail reception are open to all members and are free to attend. A complete event agenda is included on the Z-Wave Alliance website. Linear is a supplier of wireless residential security systems, access control, intercoms, garage door operators, gate operators, short- and long-range radio remote controls and medical/emergency reporting systems, among other products.