Engineering Z-Wave Module for Battery Operated
Home Safety Devices (Smoke & CO Alarms)

Client Overview

A Connected Home and Security brand of a fortune 500 company with a product range like smoke detectors/ alarms, extinguishers, cookware, home fragrance, food storage, etc. making the world a better and safer place

Business Challenge

  • Required vendor with expertise on Z-Wave to identify and migrate to new Z-Wave module in safety devices (Smoke & CO) as existing module came to an End-of-Life (EOL)
  • Lack of Z-Wave capabilities to develop new firmware for the Z-Wave section along with leveraging existing hardware and firmware for the Smoke and CO detection section
  • Solution for mass production test jig at their manufacturing facility

VOLANSYS Contribution

Firmware design and development

  • Developed Z-Wave module firmware application
  • Interfacing Silabs Z-Wave module with STM as co-processor platform
  • Power optimization and battery-life management to achieve a 1-year battery life
  • Firmware bring-up on the STMicroelectronics hardware prototypes
  • Z-Wave application porting on hardware

Complete solution testing

  • Developed the test jigs for radio module and EOL testing at client’s factory
    • Flashing and Serialization scripts for production
  • Unit and integration test plan, test cases
    • Device commissioning, Smoke detection, CO detection, Silent/ Test alarm, Battery test, LED test, RF Range test
  • Functional, integration and regression testing with test reports
    Certifications and integrations
  • Z-Wave Plus self-certification and pre-compliance with accredited test-house
  • Final Z-Wave Plus certification with required documentation
  • Integrated & certified safety device to work with Ring and Samsung Smart Things (hubs)

Solution Architecture


Benefits Delivered

  • Being single stop shop providing a full turnkey solution, helped the customer with ease of communication and shorten product launch timelines
  • Improved production quality and faster EOL testing with testjigs developed
  • End-to-end ownership from selection to development of Z-Wave module that reduced the client’s development efforts and time
  • Extended market reach through device integration with leading smart home automation platforms (hubs)