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About this project
Who we are
Our company CBCC Domotique SAS is a French start-up which designs, develops, manufactures and sells Z-Wave devices under its own "Swiid" brand name in Europe. For more information, please see our website under www.swiid.com.
Our Z-Wave cord switch (= tethered remote)
We have launched our unique patented Swiid Z-Wave Cord Switch ("ZCS") on the market in Europe over 18 months ago and have sold over 5,000 of them so far.
With the passage of time, we have come to realize that our ZCS is first and foremost a one-button remote control in the guise of a humble cord switch (admittedly itself controllable remotely). It is also a remote which cannot get lost and never runs out of batteries, as it is fixed on and powered by
the power cord of a lamp.
The European ZCS product is fully compliant with the European CE standards and is Z-Wave certified.
Bringing our cord switch to North America
The aim of our Kickstarter campaign is to fund the introduction of our ZCS in North America, as our current European version won't work in North America
That is because a North American version needs to cope with :
a different AC current than in Europe : 110VAC/60Hz vs. 250VAC/50Hz
a different radio frequency (set by regulation) : 908.42 MHz vs. 868.42 MHz
Specific North American safety and electromagnetic compatibility standards
In addition, we intend to use the latest generation of Z-Wave module (500 Series) and this means rewriting the firmware and undergoing an all-new Z-Wave Plus certification process. We will also take the opportunity to improve some of the existing functionalities in the firmware.
Why Z-Wave ?
Z-Wave is the most widely used home automation mesh network radio protocol in the world and there are at present over 1500 different devices from several hundred different manufacturers. The main advantage of the Z-Wave radio protocol over other mesh network competitors such as ZigBee is the complete interoperability between the various Z-Wave devices from different manufacturers, provided they operate on the same radio frequency (which set by the local authorities, e.g. the FFC for the US). This interoperability is guaranteed by a "Zertification" process which is performed by test houses approved by Sigma Designs - which itself is the creator and owner of the Z-Wave radio communications technology - and by the Z-Wave Alliance.
Our existing European version of the ZCS works with all the Z-Wave hubs available on that market. Some of these hubs exist in both US and European versions, so we know that they work seamlessly with our ZCS. Not only that, their manufacturers have also done the homework needed to recognize our ZCS as a cord switch (rather than as some generic "binary switch"). These include :
We will also make our best efforts to ensure that the other Z-Wave hubs which are available the North American market only will also recognize our ZCS for what it is : a cord switch or a tethered remote.
Why a Z-Wave cord switch ?
Now, some of you may not be too familiar with cord switches. That’s because in America, you generally turn on and off a lamp by pulling on a tassel near the light bulb, or by turning a knob at the base of the lamp.
Why did we think of creating a Z-Wave cord switch. Two main reasons :
Firstly, when you want to control a table or bedside lamp remotely, you generally use a remotely controlled plug module, but if someone turns off the switch on the lamp itself (which happens more often than not) when it already had a cord switch, the lamp is no longer remotely controlled
Secondly, the association capabilities of the Z-Wave enabled us to turn our cord switch from being remotely controlled to being itself a remote (you could do that with a remotely controlled plug module, but imagine having to bend down every time you want to use it as a remote !!!)
Now, some of you will think a cord switch is too complicated to install, but it's not really, as you can see on the following video :
Using your Kickstarter funds
First and foremost, we want to fund the software rewriting, hardware adaptation and certification, all of which are required to put in your hands a safe product adapted to the requirements of North American consumer.
Secondly, we are unknown in North America and we need to get the message out to the North American end-users of Z-Wave home automation products and that also has a promotional cost.
Finally, we need to take into account the cost of the rewards we are offering to you as subscribers.
Overall, our US$50 000+ crowd funding objective can be split in about 3 equal parts :
Cost of the rewards (including shipping), at a cost to you which should be around 25% below the future recommended retail price
Costs for the firmware and hardware modifications and for the conformity testing / Z-Wave certification
Costs for creating and promoting the Kickstarter campaign together with the Kickstarter success fee and the payment processing fees
We are hoping to reach out to people who already have a Z-Wave home automation system and there are many of you in North America. Also home automation is a serious affair as it involves control over one of your most precious assets, your home. So, unless you tell us otherwise, we haven't planned to have token rewards for nominal contributions.
Our rewards are simple enough and fall into three categories :
Letter from UL
(see Risks & Challenges section below)
Risks and challenges
The risks we have identified are two-fold, but we think we have got them well covered :
Modifying the firmware to make some improvement over the existing one (double-click function) and as well as to port the existing firmware to the latest generation Z-Wave of Z-Wave modules (Series 500 hardware). These firmware modifications will entail a new Z-Wave "zertification" but we don't think that will be an issue given the quite simple type of Z-Wave device we are dealing with.
Complying with North American standards in terms of product safety and electro-magnetic compatibility, but we have already paid and received a preliminary diagnosis from America's premier testing house, Underwriters Laboratories ("UL") and we know what needs to be done to our existing product in order to be fully compliant.
In July or August 2017. Come and spend a week in a fully equipped separate house next to the residence of the project sponsor (heated outdoor pool). Visit the fabulous Loire Valley with its historical castles and its vineyards. Get to meet the project team and get a surprize set of Swiid devices. House accommodates up to 4 people and we will lend you a car. Airfare and meals not included. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org