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Z-Wave approved for South Korean market

Posted: 18 Dec 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Z-Wave Alliance? sub-GHz? wireless control?

The Z-Wave Alliance, an open consortium of global firms deploying Z-Wave ecosystem for wireless control products and services, has revealed the approval of radio frequency allocations that will bring Z-Wave control and automation to South Korea. The Korean Communications Commission (KCC), together with the nation's regulatory National Radio Research Agency (RRA), has approved three frequency bands suitable for Z-Wave's sub-GHz transmission protocol.

The frequencies approved are 919.7MHz, 921.7MHz and 923.1MHz. The approval of these frequencies for control and automation applications brings the benefits of the world-standard Z-Wave wireless protocol to the world's most advanced nation for information and communications technology (ICT), according to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

"We are pleased to welcome South Korea to the family of Z-Wave nations, and to introduce Z-Wave to this prestigious market," said Z-Wave Alliance chair Mark Walters. "South Korea is recognized throughout the world as a technology leader, with one of the most technologically savvy consumer bases and an outstanding data and communications infrastructure. We are certain that the South Korean market will welcome Z-Wave products and services as a natural extension of their already highly-connected lives, and spur tremendous growth in the South Korean controls and automation market."

The first Z-Wave product certified for the South Korean market is the UZB-KR, a USB-Z-Wave reference design dongle by Sigma Designs. Products that will support the frequencies allocated for South Korea will be powered through Sigma Designs' ZM5101, ZM5202AH and ZM5304AH Z-Wave modules, as well as the company's SD3502 & SD3503 Z-Wave chips. The first Z-Wave Alliance member companies from South Korea are LG Electronics, Frostdale and iRevo.

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