Design of Next Generation Fire Safety Devices for Smart Homes

Client Overview

An innovative product company creating fire safety devices that detects the sound of a smoke detector through artificial intelligence and closes the door of rooms to prevent residents and properties from fire accidents. The company has won CES 2020 innovation award for their small yet powerful device.

Technology & Business Requirements

Client sought a big leap into the home automation market with the launch of next-gen fire-safety devices that would be pre-integrated with leading smart home hubs through wireless connectivity. To achieve it, they required:

  • Modular wireless connectivity like Z-Wave and Thread supported in the fire safety devices and integration with smart home platforms (hubs)
  • Product certification support for Z-Wave, FCC and UL
VOLANSYS Contribution
  • Developed firmware to support Z-Wave 700 and Thread modules
  • Ported firmware on device hardware
  • Added feature in host application for radio module (Z-Wave) to receive notification from hub for smoke alarms and reset alarms
  • Supported OTA
    • Standard OTA device class in the device firmware
    • OTA firmware update for Z-Wave ZM700 & Thread module
    • OTA firmware update for PIC (host CPU) of the system
  • Validated Z-Wave implementation with leading smart home hub (Ring)
  • Validated Thread implementation with VOLANSYS Modular IoT Gateway
  • Hardware design review from UL certification perspective
  • Z-Wave 700 self-certification
  • FCC, UL and Z-Wave Plus v2 certifications
Technologies | Engineering Expertise

Z-Wave | Thread | Product Engineering – Embedded Firmware | OTA | Wireless Connectivity | Certifications

Solution Architecture
Fire Safety Devices
Benefits Delivered
  • Accelerating product development and launch timeline by 20% by leveraging VOLANSYS’ proven and ready-to-use module for Thread connectivity, and early expertise of Z-Wave 700 series as Silicon Labs’ design consulting partner
  • Expanded market reach of the client by enabling them to upsell their product through device integration with leading smart home automation platform (hubs)
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