Why does interoperability matter? Imagine this… 

By John Osborne, COO, LEXI / Vice-Chairman of the Board, Z-Wave Alliance/Chairman Emeritus, Connectivity Standards Alliance

It is 2AM and a motion sensor at the far side of your property detects and reports movement via LoRa and you are given an “FYI” notice via your ecosystem. Your camera picks up motion close to the back door and reports a “caution’ alert via WIFI to your ecosystem, which in turn sends commands to turn on all outside lights via Zigbee and a confirmation ‘door lock’ command via Z-Wave. A glass break sensor and a door/window sensor detect and report an intrusion via Zigbee to the ecosystem, which in turn sends commands to turn on all inside lights via Zigbee, sound a siren to a Bluetooth Siren/Speaker and sound an alarm on your phone through Matter protocol.

 THIS is interoperability. 

How do we get there? Again, imagine…. 

You’re a homeowner who has an older smart home solution in your home or a commercial building company that has implemented a solution throughout our building project(s),  but the company from which you purchased the solution has now sunset the product(s). You have a significant investment in sensors and lights that you do not want to lose. Ripping and replacing everything you have spent time and money investing in would be cost prohibitive.


You’re a small company that has a great idea for a special sensor or device, but you don’t have the ability to build an ecosystem to support it. Developing a device, let alone an entire ecosystem, can take significant funding and time. Devices need to be designed, refined, firmware written, tested and certified. Cloud and applications have to be written, refined, tested and maintained. The entire ecosystem must be maintained with enhancements, bug fixes and security updates. All of which require people, time and funding.

The answer is (you guessed it)…Interoperability 

Interoperability enables innovation and growth by removing or easing the ongoing burden on companies and giving consumers (business or individuals) flexibility.

Interoperability gives the user more freedom of choice as technology continuously evolves. An ecosystem may go away but the devices could be repurposed without the user having to purchase an entirely new system. Users can migrate over time from one technology to another without having to ‘fork lift’ their solution.

As long as your hardware is built upon a best in breed protocol you can migrate those devices to LEXI. You can also then expand your smart home with new devices that fit YOUR needs from a brand name YOU prefer. Your lights may be Zigbee. The security devices may be Z-Wave, cameras WIFI, health and wellness Bluetooth, door locks are Matter and long range devices LoRa. You can integrate all those disparate systems under one ecosystem and tie them together with rules and triggers. Otherwise you have to use individual applications for each and none will work well, if at all, together.

You need the right device and the right protocol for the right purpose…

Interoperability enables this world by allowing for greater choices, flexibility on deployments, maintenance and ongoing support while flattening expenses, and making it possible to devote spend to expanding rather than replacing a device ecosystem.

The future is Interoperable and multi-protocol and as the first of its kind, LEXI’s Universal IoT Gateway enables customers to be wireless protocol agnostic when they select their devices and is interoperable with leading 3rd-party brands so they can truly focus on the right device and the right protocol for the right purpose.

Learn more about LEXI’s Universal IoT Platform at lexi.tech.

Be a part of the Future of IoT and the realization of true interoperability: https://rep.pub/lexi-devices

PRESS RELEASE | Z-Wave Alliance Announces LEXI Joins The Board Of Directors

Beaverton, OR – October 26, 2022 – The Z-Wave Alliance, the standards development organization dedicated to advancing the smart home and Z-Wave® technology, today announces that LEXI, the company behind the industry’s most comprehensive IoT platform that is transforming how both enterprises and consumers manage and automate their smart spaces, has officially joined the Z-Wave Alliance Board of Directors.

Ratified as a standards development organization (SDO), the Z-Wave Alliance actively recruits smart home and IoT leaders to join, direct, and contribute to the completely member-driven organization and chart the course of the future of Z-Wave technology and the smart home. LEXI joins an impressive roster of Z-Wave Alliance board of director member companies which currently includes ADT, Alarm.com, ASSA Abloy, Bluesalve Partners, LEEDARSON, Qolsys, Ring, Silicon Labs, and Vivint.

“The future is open, interoperable, and flexible – and this is the vision and reality LEXI shepherds into the market and contributes to at a board-level and to workgroup conversations within the Z-Wave Alliance,” said John E. Osborne II, COO, LEXI. “Companies of any size with the right goals, roadmap, and passion can have a seat at these important industry tables. Working together to solve challenges, mutually benefit and draft off one another’s experience and ideas, and evolve the IoT landscape for everyone involved is a mission we believe in whole-heartedly.”

Holding prestigious positions as Vice Chairman of the Z-Wave Alliance Board of Directors and Chairman Emeritus for the Connectivity Standards Alliance, John recently joined LEXI as Chief Operating Officer (COO). The organization has a deep bench of seasoned IoT executives with a product portfolio poised to support the wave of collaboration taking place across the industry.

“LEXI joining the Board of Directors with John as both their representative and newly appointed COO is a major win for the Z-Wave Alliance,” said Mitch Klein, Executive Director of the Z-Wave Alliance. “LEXI and Z-Wave share in a critical goal for the smart home – interoperability – and we’re thrilled to officially announce and welcome LEXI to the board under the insightful leadership of John, who has been a steward of smart home development for decades.”

For more information on the Z-Wave Alliance, please visit http://z-wavealliance.org.

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 About the Z-Wave Alliance

The Z-Wave Alliance is a standards development organization dedicated to developing and advancing Z-Wave® technology as an open and internationally recognized ITU standard (G.9959) for smart home and IoT solutions. Alliance members lead the home controls market, providing leading edge products and systems that deliver increased comfort, convenience, energy conservation, safety, and security. Z-Wave® is a registered trademark of the Z-Wave Alliance.

About LEXI®

LEXI offers the ultimate gateway to the IoT universe. Our intelligent IoT platform is flexible, future-proof, and designed to empower companies to easily and intuitively add and manage Smart Devices for the home, building, city and agriculture. Our executive team is involved at the board level within leading global standards bodies that are charting the course for the connected future. Built by design to work with ALL leading ecosystems*, ALL major wireless protocols** and to bridge competitive third-party products, our Universal IoT Gateway is unrivaled, the LEXI Mobile App is comprehensive yet uncomplicated, and our U.S.-based cloud services were built by us from the ground up, enabling LEXI to deliver truly unique functionality at up to 90% cost savings over all our competitors. Learn more about the LEXI IoT Edge-to-Cloud Platform and other intelligent advantages at lexi.tech.

*Supports Amazon Alexa®, Google Home®, HomeKit®, IFTTT® & Samsung SmartThings®
**Far-reaching and future-ready: 900MHz, Bluetooth, LoRa, Wi-Fi, Zigbee, Z-Wave plus OTA to BLE Mesh, Thread and Matter


 Z-Wave Alliance Press Contact:
Caster Communications, Inc.

LEXI Press Contact:
Caroline Gick
LEXI Marketing/PR