Mark Walters

Earlier this month, the Z-Wave Alliance-a consortium of companies employing Z Wave wireless mesh networking technology in their products-announced that there are now some 600 products incorporating Z-Wave technology available in the United States. At first glance, this is pretty boring tech news. But the implication of the spread of Z-Wave is actually fairly interesting insofar as it points to a rapid proliferation and democratization of so-called "smart home" or "home automation" products and various new uses for those products.

The Z-Wave Alliance announced that Mark Walters has been named its new chairman. Walters was previously chairman of the alliance when it formed in 2005 and is now returning to the position.

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