From our mobiles to our tablets, we use connected devices every day of our lives. Modern living has never been more awash with connected gadgets, as much as it is now. And it’s not just our communication and computing devices that are interconnected, modern alarm systems, video security and home management systems are now networked as well.

All devices require a standard language or “protocol” to communicate and network with one another. Computers, tablets and smart phones can choose between several different types of protocols depending on the application. They have the hardware to accomplish this, but something more focused is needed for simpler devices.

Simpler devices require a less complicated language. The Z-Wave wireless protocol fills in this role. It is a protocol that provides robust, secure, and simple networking capability. It’s a modular system that can also be used to retrofit older devices. It can even connect devices that you wouldn’t normally consider as “smart”.

There are existing programs in the iPhone and Android app markets that allow you to monitor and communicate with your Z-Wave enabled devices. After installing these applications, you will be able to monitor and control each device’s function. From door locks, to window blinds, even old light fixtures can be controlled after retrofitting.

Everyone is familiar with using a remote. This same convenience is now available for other devices. Residential users will be able to interact with a host of different systems in their home such as alarm systems, thermostats, door locks, motorized blinds and lighting. These systems were traditionally monitored through a fixed display panel but the explosion of mobile handheld devices changed this landscape forever. Similarly, surveillance systems have a fixed console where live video feeds and recording can be accessed.

The ability now, by networking these devices together under one interface, opens up a whole new vista of functionality. With surveillance videos accessible at a few swipes of your fingertips, you can easily take a look at the video feed being transmitted from an area where an alarm has been triggered. This synergy results in a more efficient use of resources.