Telguard Introduces First Truly Universal Z-Wave Garage Door Controller

DENVER, Sept. 11, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- (CEDIA) -- Telguard, a leader in wireless alarm communications, interactive and home automation services, today introduced the industry's first truly universal Z-Wave garage door controller, the Telguard GDC1. The UL 325 certified GDC1 was designed and built to Telguard's specifications by FortrezZ using the binary switch command class. The binary switch is one of the fundamental command classes in Z-Wave home automation, and found in the Z-Wave platform of Telguard's own HomeControl interactive service and in other interactive platforms including: Icontrol Networks, 2GIG, DSC and many more.

The Telguard GDC1 works with any automatic garage door opener connected to a sectional garage door with all entrapment protections in place. It can be quickly and easily installed by anyone simply by pairing it with a Z-Wave controller, mounting the unit and sensor, connecting two wires and plugging it in. The GDC1 can be added to a home automation system to receive notifications if a garage door has been opened when it shouldn't be or ensure that the garage door is closed at a specific time every night. If the system's Z-Wave gateway has a mobile app, it can be used to remotely control or monitor the garage door from anywhere.

"We are excited to partner with FortrezZ to leverage their expertise in designing high quality Z-Wave products," said Shawn Welsh, VP of Marketing and Business Development, Telular. "Bringing over 20 years of RF wireless technology experience to the table, FortrezZ is the ideal company to work with us in delivering to the security market a unique, reliable and cost-effective product that is robust enough to work with any garage door."

Adhering to the stringent UL safety guidelines established for the unattended operation of garage doors, the GDC1 is the safe way to remotely open or close a garage door. Because you never know which way a garage door will move, the Telguard GDC1 delivers peace of mind by attempting to close the garage door a second time if the first attempt is unsuccessful.

For added safety the Telguard GDC1:

  • Provides five seconds of audible and visual warnings prior to remote movement.
  • Has the ability to cancel movement locally during the warning period.
  • Will suspend unattended operation after two consecutive failed closing attempts.

"Telguard's foresight to use an already approved command class, which is a universal building block within the Z-Wave world, to meet a need missing in the home automation ecosystem is very impressive," said Stella Szasz, VP Operations, FortrezZ. "We are happy to be working with Telguard to make their innovation a reality."

The Telguard GDC1 will be available through traditional security and online distributors in December 2014.

For more information about the GDC1 visit Telguard at CEDIA in the Z-Wave Alliance booth #522, Denver CO, September 11th through 13th. The Telguard GDC1 will also be on display at the FortrezZ booth #716, the Worthington Group booth #454, and featured on the Z-Wave Alliance Interoperability Wall. Learn more at

About Telguard

Telguard, a division of Telular Corporation, combines devices, communications, video, interactive services, and alarm processing into turnkey systems for monitoring intrusion and fire systems without a traditional landline. These field-proven solutions deliver 24 hour wireless protection by transmitting data from virtually all security, fire and PERS systems to central stations using today's cellular networks. Telguard's simple installation, reliable operation, and over 25 years of wireless experience have helped it grow to be one of the largest security communications solutions. For more information, please visit In Canada, all Telguard products and services are offered and sold under the Telular brand.

CONTACT: Media Contact: Pam Benke Telular Corporation (678) 909-4616Source:Telular Corporation