Z-Wave is a low-power wireless mesh network standard that is widely used for M2M and smart devices in the Internet of Things (IoT), home automation and security markets. Z-Wave is a complete communications solution, encompassing everything from the physical or hardware layer all the way up to the applications layer. It’s the only low-power wireless communication solution with proven, certified interoperability and interchangeability at the product level. This paper outlines the unique benefits of Z-Wave technology for smart devices and the IoT, including technical considerations, the role of certification and branding, and advanced development tools.