With all the announcements about Matter, I was pleasantly surprised learning the Z-Wave Alliance is doubling down on its efforts to stay competitive. The announcement discusses a serious effort about running the Z-Wave stack on 3rd party hardware, while still maintaining certification efforts to guarantee compatibility.
Hat tip to @NormandyHA who first mentioned this announcement.
TheSmartestHouse.com is running their Labor Day sale. which is a great time to get your hands on some Z-Wave hardware at an affordable cost.
Their customer service is top notch (reminding me of the Automated Outlet days).
Note: the 700 series USB stick IS compatible with Home Assistant in case you're wondering.
They're not sponsoring this post, I'm just a big fan. The same team is also responsible for the Zooz Z-Wave hardware lineup.