New Smart Home Ideas from Somfy @ IFA

TaHoma Premium now compatible with Amazon Alexa and IFTTT

The connected home specialist, Somfy, announced at IFA that it has opened its TaHoma Premium smart home platform to Alexa, Amazon’s voice assistant, and IFTTT, a free web service.

Users can now define various home scenarios and tailor them to their own lifestyles using voice commands. IFTTT integration allows the creation of even more command sequences, turning the Somfy smart home into a true all-rounder for home comfort and security.

With TaHoma Premium, users have just one interface to monitor, control and customise their home technology systems. The internet-based Somfy smart home system has a clean, user-friendly interface that provides a quick overview of all the products connected to the TaHoma Box. Through a tablet, laptop or smartphone, it can intuitively connect and control already up to 200 components in the home: roller shutters, interior and exterior blinds, roof windows, lighting or security sensors. Now, Somfy is stepping beyond the compatible wireless protocols of io-homecontrol, RTS, EnOcean and Z-Wave opening its smart home system to Alexa and IFTTT. After creating home scenarios with TaHoma Premium, users can use voice commands to close roller shutters and roof windows and turn off lights as they leave home, for example.

IFTTT (“If-This-Then-That”) is a free cloud-based web service with over 360 companies connected so far. It allows users to create individual “applets” – smart automatisms between two independent services or connected devices – based on an “if-this-then-that” relationship. If, for example, BMW ConnectedDrive indicates that a user is about to return home, a personal “welcome scenario” can automatically open the garage door, turn on the outside lights and deactivate the all-in-one security solution Somfy One. The possibilities are virtually limitless. The smartphone alarm could, for example, launch a “good morning” scenario in which the rolling shutters go up and the coffeemaker turns on, or retract the awnings and close the roof windows if the weather service announces an imminent downpour.