How Smart Tech can help aid a good night’s sleep

How Smart Tech can help aid a good night’s sleep

To celebrate National Sleep Awareness Month, we take a look at how we can incorporate Smart Home technology into our routines to help aid a good night’s sleep.

In an ever-hectic world, the focus can be on getting the most out of our days, rather than making the most of our nights. However, studies show that a good night's sleep is what underpins our success during our waking hours in several ways.

It's not just the length of time you sleep, but the quality that really matters. We all know that frustrating feeling of having slept for eight hours but still waking up craving more time in bed. Thankfully there's a vast benefit our developed world has brought with it; technology to counteract these distractions. Somfy’s Smart Home solutions such as smart lighting, window coverings and home security can all be linked together to ease you into that perfect night’s sleep.

Start early

With so many distractions present, like watching one more episode of your favourite TV show, you may still find that staying up late is much more tempting than an early night.

To counteract this, start setting the mood for bed well before you step into the bedroom. Your brain sees light bulbs and still thinks it’s a sunny daytime, so set light levels around your home to emulate the feeling of the sun setting and start triggering the release of those sleep hormones. With smart-connected lighting systems from Somfy, each room can be set to its own level of brightness, going from white and bright in your kitchen, to a relaxing glow in your lounge, automatically getting dimmer over the evening to gently transition your brain from ‘day’ to ‘night’.

Create a cave

As you move into your bedroom, arrive to find your room cosy and low lit, to make the idea of getting into bed even more appealing.

Prepare your room so once you’re tucked up and the lights are off, your space is dark and peaceful. Studies have shown that light falling on even a small patch of your skin can impact the quality of your sleep. Turning off electronic devices with flashing lights can make a big difference inside the room; add draped curtains, blinds and external shutters, and all light and sound from the outside can be thoroughly blocked out as well. Like the lights, curtains and shutters can be put on a synchronised system, using a timer or controlled remotely through the Somfy TaHoma app, so the stage is set before you’ve even put on your pyjamas.

All these elements can be tweaked through apps on your phone, so if you do need to change something, you don’t even have to get out of bed! Most phones allow you to set a night mode, which replaces blue light from your screen with a more sleep-friendly orange, which means checking your phone won’t break your drowsy mood.

Safe and secure

Being safe in your own home is key to a restful night; nothing is worse than feeling like you’re sleeping with one eye open or an ear cocked for any strange sounds.

Most break-in attempts come through doors or windows; Somfy IntelliTAG™ uses multiple sensors and an advanced algorithm to analyse vibration patterns and detect the first sign of a break-in. IntelliTAG can tell the difference between normal events and potential threats, meaning no more false alarms. Within nanoseconds of the break-in attempt, IntelliTAG triggers the siren and sends an alert to your smartphone. For full peace of mind that Somfy is taking care of your home security, implement a Somfy Home Alarm and security cameras for a complete connected system, which can be controlled remotely from your smartphone.

A new day

Just as your smart connected home helped put you to sleep, the same systems can be used to launch you, fresh and rested, into a new day. Wake up as humans were supposed to, with a natural ‘dawn’ created by the automated opening of your curtains, and a gradual raising of the lights. Having adjusted these settings perfectly to suit the rhythm of your life, enjoy a more fulfilling sleeping routine which leaves you ready to crack on with everything your day has to offer.

Smart garage technology does the heavy lifting for you

THE humble garage door has long been the only way of getting your vehicle in and out of your property, but they haven’t always been easy to use.

Heavy, sometimes cumbersome, manual garage doors have tested many a bicep over the years and for some drivers it can even inspire a bit of dread that they have to leave their vehicle on a cold, dark or rainy evening and try to open the garage door themselves.

But now thanks to the advent of smart technology we don’t have to do all that heavy lifting at all, with motors that can raise and lower the garage door at the touch of a button. With the option to add specialist photoelectric cells you can help ensure the door won’t shut when there’s an obstacle in the way, such as a child, pet or vehicle, providing precious peace of mind.

 

Automated upgrade:

Being able to open and close a garage door is really simple these days thanks to Somfy technology. With a whole host of smart garage accessories and features, the tech will open and close the garage door at the touch of a button. You can use a remote control, or by combining it with the TaHoma smarthome system – you can even open and close the door using your smartphone.

You can also programme scenarios where aspects of your smart home are linked together. For example, when your garage door opens the light is switched on at the same time, so you don’t have to worry about fumbling around in the dark!

 

Expandable system:

The system can be more than a garage door if you need it to be too, with a whole host of additional features you’re able to add.

You can add extra control panels for different parts of the home, so you can activate your door inside your garage, or perhaps in the kitchen if you think you’ve forgotten to do it and are already in the midst of unpacking your shopping.

You can also add warning lights for that added bit of extra safety, warning visitors and family that the door is about to open and close, so they know to stay well clear.

 

Defending your castle:

Your home is your castle and your garage door is your drawbridge. With this in mind, you can enjoy total peace of mind knowing that the system can be upgraded with additional features such as burglar protection. If the power goes down in your area then no problem, a backup battery means your garage door will keep working properly

Using programmable scenarios, you could for example create one called ‘good night’, where your garage door closes automatically at the same time every evening if you’ve forgotten to close it, providing you with peace of mind.

 

Peace and convenience:

Because the garage motor doesn’t feature complex wiring and is simple to fit, you can get it up and running in no time. Also, a quiet motor means there are no loud motorized noises or shaky parts to disturb your family in the morning when you open the garage to go to work.

 

Safety sorted:

Smart home technology is about convenience of course, but it’s also about safety too. It’s important that our home gadgets help keep our families safe.

To this end, the Somfy GDK has built in burglar detection, the ideal defense against potential intruders, and also has obstacle detection. It also comes with a two year warranty for peace of mind.

Somfy celebrates five decades of innovation

THEY say time flies when you’re having fun.

At Somfy we find nothing more enjoyable than innovating, so it’s no surprise that we’re celebrating our 50th birthday this year! Those five decades have been filled with ideas, discoveries, and doing our very best to bring you – our loyal customers – revolutionary products that help turn your house into a home.

 

Dawn of a new tech age:

It all started back under the watchful gaze of Europe’s highest mountain – the irrepressible Mont Blanc. Amongst the Alpine forests of Cluses, it was here in 1969 that Somfy developed the first tubular motor, heralding the end of the cumbersome crank handle and ushering in a new dawn of technology for electric roller shutters, screens, awnings and blinds.

 

Somfy hits the airwaves:

In 1989, Somfy's first TV ads appeared on prime time on France’s Canal+. By 2005, the campaigns had become international and heralded the arrival of Somfy as a brand no longer just known to a select few professionals, but to everyone all over the world.

 

Radio control begins:

Yet another breakthrough was made in 1997 when Somfy integrated radio technology into its motors. Harnessing the power of Somfy’s RTS tech it meant that screens, awnings, blinds and roller shutters could now be operated by remote control, making everyday life so much more easier and comfortable. It was a truly ground-breaking development which paved the way for a new era of tech that would eventually lead to the modern smart home.

 

Security integration:

At the dawn of the new millennium as many wondered what exciting technological breakthroughs would come our way, Somfy once again delivered innovation with motorised garage doors and gates. Somfy products could now control every opening in the home as well as security too – it meant full home automation was born.

 

Smart home tech:

It’s hard to believe it was way back in 2010, but Tahoma was born almost nine years ago. Fully compatible with the cloud and radio tech, it allowed users for the very first time to control their homes from their smartphones, tablets and computers. Today, over 200 devices are compatible with the system, for a truly modern and flexible Smart Home.

 

Latest innovations:

The last four years have seen further leaps in innovation at Somfy. New super-quiet motors were developed in 2015, kinder to the environment and designed for the smart home. Just two years later Somfy launched a range of new flagship products, including Somfy One, a camera with a built-in alarm.

In 2018 it was all about collaboration, with major names in heating, light, music and virtual assistants such as Sonos, Ifttt, Philips Hue, Google Assistant and Apple Home Kit partnering their tech with Somfy to enrich the connected home experience, encouraging third party developers to develop innovative additions to Somfy’s systems.

 

The future:

Somfy has earned a reputation for innovation and quality over the years with a range of products designed to improve security and convenience both inside your home and out, but we won’t stop there.

With nearly 9,000 staff in 57 countries, Somfy is now a global brand that’s always moving forward, always innovating. With our loyal customers on board for the journey, we know the next 50 years will be as exciting as the last!

Setting up a TaHoma Scenario

THE modern smarthome is a complete ecosystem packed with features designed to improve comfort, convenience and security. But every system, regardless of how simple or complex it is, needs a brain – and Somfy TaHoma is that brain. Compatible with over 100 Somfy RTS and io home control products, there’s virtually no limit to what you can do.

 

Centralised Control:

Modern smarthomes can boast a range of brilliant features, from automated blinds that keep the blazing sunlight at bay, to HD cameras that keep a watchful eye over your property. But all of these smart products need a central point that allows you to programme and control them in a way that’s both straightforward and convenient.

With Somfy TaHoma, you can do all of these things with the click of a mouse or the touch of a button via your own PC, or by using the TaHoma app on your tablet or smartphone – even when you’re not home. The system can even send you email alerts so you’re kept in the loop at every stage. These email alerts, coupled with the ability to remotely adjust your home's features, means you can rest assured that your home is always secure.

 

One touch scenarios:

So imagine you want your home set up for the summer months, ‘scenario summer’, it could feature things like having your awnings down, lights off, and blinds up to keep things nice and cool. Or picture your ideal morning ‘wake up’ scenario, ‘scenario morning’, with lamps on, curtains drawn and your favourite morning playlist playing on your speakers so you can go into the kitchen and make yourself a coffee. See example below:

 

 

You can activate any of these scenarios and more with a simple command that makes your TaHoma system swing into action.
Personalising the system to suit your lifestyle just couldn’t be easier. To set up any scenario is super simple, just drag and drop the corresponding icons to the devices you want to include in this scenario, and then choose the action to perform.

 

Green cost savings:

These days we’re all rightly very conscious of the environmental impact of everything we do. TaHoma allows you to setup your smart home in such a way as to not only help protect the environment by reducing energy costs, but also keep your bills down too.

Sun sensors can automatically adjust your blinds or shutters to keep your home cool in summer and warm in winter, which means you won’t have to splash out as much on air conditioning and heating.

 

Change for the seasons:

You won’t need to worry about changing settings when the seasons change either and you can implement any actions at sunrise and sunset. The time will change automatically throughout the year and you will not have to worry about anything.

 

Simple to install:

You don’t need to be a trained engineer to fit TaHoma to your home. Coach tutorials talk you through all the steps and there’s an intuitive interface that makes everything simple to programme too.

 

Works with:

What happens when movement is detected – Somfy Protect

KEEPING an ever watchful eye on your home using sophisticated camera and sensor equipment is the perfect way to help guarantee peace of mind.

Essential components of the secure modern smart home, such tech is ideal for acting as a deterrent to would-be intruders, while also allowing you to relax in the knowledge that your home and family are protected at all times, whether you’re home or out at work or on vacation.

 

Somfy Protect:

There’s an old saying that you can’t put a price on peace of mind. With Somfy Protect, you can enjoy the peace and security of the very best home security solutions out there on the market today.

Designed to complement the modern lifestyle, you can easily view what’s happening on the system’s cameras on your smartphone no matter where you are. If there is an issue at your property you’ll be notified immediately. You can also nominate a trusted neighbor or friend to receive alerts in case you’re away so they can check on things for you.

 

Moving with the times:

Criminals are always adapting their skills, honing their techniques to evade and try and bluff their way past modern security systems, so it’s essential that modern smart home security features continue to evolve too.

Somfy’s technology has recently benefited from two giant leaps forward, with updates to the Somfy Protect App for Somfy protect cameras that can be installed and updated for both new and existing customers.

 

Video Recording:

When it comes to keeping burglars at bay, CCTV cameras are an undoubted deterrent. In a survey of former criminals, they placed cameras right up there with guard dogs among the things most likely to make them avoid a property.

But it’s not enough for a camera to just see an intruder, the evidence needs to be preserved for the police and for possibly insurance purposes. Unlike with many other systems on the market, the new update means that when movement is detected, a video recording lasting 30 seconds can be downloaded for up to the next seven days. What’s more, the service is completely free of charge for Somfy customers.

 

Easy Sharing:

For complete ease of use, the update means the videos can now also be uploaded and downloaded directly from Dropbox, Google Drive and Onedrive, letting you preserve them easily for future use in a way that enables you to share and download them easily.

The system is perfect for when you need to share the video with law enforcement or insurance companies, or simply to enable your family to better ensure their security precautions are all in place and fit for purpose.

Complete Ecosystem:

The great thing about Somfy Protect is that you can expand it to suit your changing needs. Add extra sensors, cameras, motion detectors – you name it. Because it’s been designed to be part of the modern smart home,  you can control the system using your existing virtual assistant too, whether it’s Nest, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and via the IFTTT platform with countless other brands, just speak to make it happen.

Light up your home with IZYMO, The New IO Micro Modules Range

If you’ve ever wanted to upgrade your home from traditional wired equipment to a new wireless solution but thought it was too much hassle, think again.

Wireless is the future of the smart home, providing ultimate convenience and control over every aspect of your property, from lighting to blinds and shutters. But a long legacy of having wiring throughout traditional buildings means many people think going wireless will be complicated, expensive and not worth doing – but that’s just no longer true.

 

The Old-Fashioned Approach:

Traditionally, our properties have utilised electrical wiring hooked up to wall controls to enable us to activate and deactivate devices around our homes.

Such extensive and complex electrical wiring systems were often installed behind walls, under floors and above ceilings. There were so many wires we even had to be careful about where we drilled or hammered in nails to hang pictures. They were also difficult to fix if anything wrong, while adding extra electrical devices, sockets or switches to the system would often require the involvement of a specialist electrician. Ripping out all this wiring and replacing it with a bespoke wireless solution would have cost a fortune in the past and, in many ways, may not even have been worth attempting.

 

Wireless Simplicity:

Now though, the advent of IZYMO means you can upgrade your lighting tech quickly and easily, future proofing your property and turning it into a real, modern smart home fit for the 21st Century.

 

 

How does it Work?

The concept works by using radio signals to activate your Somfy io-homecontrol protocol products, making the need for wires a thing of the past. The transmitters can be simply fitted behind your existing switches and rockers so when you press them, radio signals activate your devices rather than the electrical wires in the wall.

Installing IZYMO won’t leave lots of mess either. There’s no need for extra cables, no dust or debris, and you can even keep your existing switches to ensure the design of your home stays exactly the same.
The installation is very simple, however we recommend using a professional installer.

 

 

Wireless Lighting:

One of the most popular features of the modern smart home is smart lighting. Not only does it create ambiance and help save money on bills, it can also provide a great deterrent to would-be intruders. Often though, these were some of the most extensive and complex wired electrical systems in a home.

IZYMO comes with a transmitter and lighting receiver that’s specifically designed to let you control your lighting through radio signals, with no need to haul out all of that wiring and subject your family to all those many hours and days of disruptive renovations. You can also control your lights with the Somfy Smart Home App on your smartphone or tablet device too, putting total control right at your fingertips. With Somfy Tahoma/Connexoon, you can make IZYMO a central part of your smart home, allowing you to control it via voice with a compatible virtual assistant too.

 

 

Smart home compatible:

Designed for the modern smart home, IZYMO is compatible with Somfy’s Tahoma system and all the most popular virtual assistants and systems, including Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and IFTTT. It’s also compatible with many of the main designers of smart home components too, including Danfoss, Philips Hue and Sonos, so you now have total freedom to build your perfect smart home ecosystem with all the components you want – wirelessly of course!

Creating comfort, safety and convenience with smart lighting solutions

SMART lighting is probably the most noticeable aspect of the modern smart home.

From the convenience of having them switch on and off when you enter or leave the room and being able to control everything with your smartphone, to the huge boost it can provide to you home security, smart lighting is becoming a central and indispensable part of the modern home.

 

Scaring intruders away

Whether the lights are on or not is probably the first indicator any would-be intruder would use to try and determine whether you’re home. That’s not guesswork – it’s a fact.

According to Co-Op insurance, a survey of ex criminals said lighting was one of the biggest deterrents when it came to keeping criminals at bay. As far as crooks are concerned - no lights, no occupants.

But with smart lighting, your home can be bathed in light at key times, whenever you want, no matter where you are. Surprisingly though according to Co-Op, only 24 per cent of UK adults said that they have motion activation lights installed.

But it’s super simple to not become one of these statistics. Just by utilising the Tahoma Smart Box and smart lighting components, you can set your lights to come on and off whenever you want using a timer, and you can even connect them to motion sensors so they activate when any movement is detected, providing an effective line of defence designed to startle intruders and make them free your property even when you’re out.

 

Convenience doesn’t cost

Protecting the environment is something that we all need to think about, and smart lighting technology is designed in such a way so as to minimise the amount of electricity taken to run them.

When you leave the room they can be programmed to deactivate, so there’s not a single amp of electricity wasted. LED technology also helps reduce energy use by consuming less power to provide lighting.

As well as being kinder to the environment, it’s also kinder to your wallet too – helping to keep the family bills down.
Another great feature of smart lighting is that you can control all your lights with one button. This means you can switch them all on or off when you leave the house just with the flick of one switch, or turn them all off from your bedroom without having to go right around the house checking every room.

 

Creating Ambiance

Of course, as well as the practicalities of security and bills, our homes are where we go to relax. Smart lighting gives you control over which lights activate and when, while the addition of dimmer technology means you can set your ideal lighting levels too.

Having some guests over for dinner? Just dim the lights to something more subtle. And because the whole process is automated, once everything is set up you don’t need to lift a finger. Perfect.

Google Assistant takes Somfy to the next level

EVER since its launch in 2016, Google assistant has revolutionised the way we interact with technology. For the very first time, we could play music and video, search the web and access our files just by talking to our devices the way we would to one another and its popularity has soared, with the company estimating it will soon be on a billion smart devices. Now a new milestone has been reached, with Somfy’s TaHoma Smart Home system now fully compatible with Google Assistant – making it possible to control virtually every aspect of your Somfy connected home just by talking!.

 

Smart Home

From home security to blinds and awnings, Somfy specialises in the automation of a whole range of smart home features. Now that its tech can be effortlessly controlled using Google Assistant, you can activate all those smart home features just by talking. Is the sun coming up and you want to close the blinds? Easy – just tell them to close! Did you forget to close the garage door? Simple – just tell Google Assistant to close it. From activating your home’s Somfy security features to creating your perfect home feel for any situation, you don’t even need to move from the sofa, just sit back, relax, and tell Google Assistant what you want.

 

Pocket Assistant

The great thing about Google Assistant is that it’s free. Thanks to smartphones, pretty much most of us now have Google assistant with us all the time due to it being installed in Android and iOS devices. It can also be easily installed in a whole range of Google products, including the Nest Home Hub and Google Home. So no matter where you are, you always have that simple voice interaction just a word away.

 

Tailor made for you

With Somfy it’s easy to pre-programme which spoken words will activate certain smart home scenarios around your home too. For instance, if you’re about to settle down with a movie you can say something like ‘Hey Google, start watch film scenario!’, the lights will dim and the curtains close – turning your living room into your very own movie theater, all without having to move an inch from the sofa. Absolutely perfect for those comfy weekend nights in with the family.

 

Smart connectivity

It’s not just Google Assistant which is now part of the Somfy smart home family either, as it’s also working with Amazon Alexa, Philips Hue, Sonos, Danfoss, Velux and the smart phone applications Olisto and IFTTT – all part of Somfy’s plan to integrate its features into the smart home of the future!

Enjoy peace of mind with the Somfy All in One Alarm System

THE summer months are all about vacations and spending time with the family, but when we’re away from home it can also leave your property vulnerable.
In fact, the summer months rank alongside Christmas as a peak time for burglaries, so the message is clear – if we want peace of mind when we’re out enjoying the sunshine, we should take
some practical measures to ensure our homes are protected.

 

 

As the Mercury rises – so does crime:

Okay, so there’s nothing like worrying about our precious belongings to put a dampener on our summer plans, but it doesn’t have to be this way thanks to the Somfy All in One Alarm System.
Designed with simplicity and security in mind, the system is smart and built for the modern home. It features a full HD camera which acts as an ever-watchful eye, able to spot dangers when your own gaze is elsewhere – ideally at a beach or at the park.

When the camera picks up something suspicious you’ll get a message on your smartphone no matter where you are, allowing you to see what’s going on. If you don’t like what you see you can call the police. If you’re not reachable, the app will alert a trusted list of contacts.

Don’t worry about the camera being set off by pets either as you can set it to ignore their movements, while privacy needn’t be a worry either, with a camera shutter that closes when you enter the room.

 

 

 

Deterrent:

As well as spotting intruders the system also features a 90 dB siren designed to make it uncomfortable for anyone who tries to enter your home. When it sounds it will alert friends and neighbours that there’s someone in your home and also startle the crooks. If it’s a false alarm then no problem - just turn it off using your smartphone app!

 

 

Simple Installation:

There’s no need to be a qualified engineer because the system is all about simplicity. You can install it in under 30 minutes and expand it with additional components. Add extra cameras to cover any blind spots, or window shutters to keep those entry points secure.
The system is designed to be incorporated into the modern smart home too, so it’s compatible with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Nest and IFTTT. By having it hooked up to a smart home, your additional features such as Philips Hue lights can turn on automatically as soon as you turn off the camera – the complete system for home protection.

Outdoor security cameras – a vigilant watchman

Imagine an ever-vigilant watchman which can keep an eye on your property, 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week, even in the dead of night. The Somfy Outdoor Camera is that watchman; a camera with full HD and night vision that alerts you via your smartphone when someone approaches and has an impressive array of added deterrents at its disposal, such as being able to scare off intruders with a loud siren, or bathe them in lighting so they’ve got nowhere to hide.

Smart connectivity

Many people now invest in video cameras to place outside their property, but the Somfy Outdoor Camera goes several steps further than simply being able to capture and record images and video.

You can also connect it to your existing outdoor lighting, so as soon as the camera spots someone coming towards your home the lights are activated – bathing them in light, and if there’s one thing skulking intruders don’t like – it’s light.

Designed to be a crucial security component of the modern Smart Home, you can also connect it to smart home tools like Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, IFTTT and Nest.

Sounding the alarm

If bright lights alone don’t do the trick, then the Somfy Outdoor Camera has another weapon in its arsenal – a built-in 110dB siren you can turn on from your smartphone if someone tries to gain entry to your home, startling the intruders and alerting your neighbors to the commotion.
 

Installation options

The camera can either be connected to your outdoor lighting cable or straight to the power cable itself, with the first option you’ll also be able to control your lights via the app too! See this video for more information.
 

Added features

The Somfy camera has a couple of great features designed to give you complete peace of mind when you’re out of the house.

Firstly, when you’re leaving the house it will send you an alert on your smartphone app, reminding you to activate the camera while you’re away - so you can rest assured your home won’t be unprotected.

The second great feature is that there is a great function in the App. You can add a community of friends and neighbors who can be alerted if the camera detects anything, so even if you’re on vacation or at that important meeting - you know somebody will be on hand to come over and check things out, and alert the authorities if needed.

TaHoma + Philips Hue

Lighting up your smart home

HARNESSING the power of light around our homes is about so much more than the simple practicalities of seeing, it’s about health, happiness and ambiance too.
The smarter our homes get, the more possibilities we have for using light in more diverse and interesting ways.
One trailblazer in the lighting sector for the last five years has been Philips Hue, a complete lighting system that features lights, sensors and switches you can control by voice, switch or smartphone app.

 

 

The light of happiness:

Lighting has a dramatic effect on our emotional wellbeing and sleeping patterns. Studies have revealed that people who live closer to the equator can have improved moods and sleep routines.
With systems such as Philips Hue, you can tailor it to simulate a sunrise in the morning, waking you naturally even if it’s still pitch black and chilly outside.
With every shade of white and 16 million colours available, you can also select the exact shade to suit your mood too.

 

 

Work and play:

Whether you’re studying at home or hosting a gathering of friends, your lighting can be tailored to suit the occasion. Make the lights brighter so you can easily see every single detail of your book or the writing on your computer screen, or create a party atmosphere in your home with lights that change colour to the music. Your guests won’t fail to be impressed!

 

 

 

Get smart:

By combining the easy-to-install TaHoma smart home system and Philips Hue you can control the lighting in your home from your smartphone with just the touch of a button. Philips Hue is also the only lighting system that’s compatible with every voice assistant too so you can also control it just by talking.
The real beauty of this technology though is that it’s quick and simple to combine with other smart home features such as automated blinds. For instance, imagine when the sun sets the blinds come down and some calming evening mood lighting comes on. Next day you wake up and the lights come on softly as the blinds rise again and the coffee brews in the kitchen and your favorite song comes on your Sonos sound system.

 

Security conscious:

This is a beautiful home you’ve created, so why risk it? Lighting is one of the principal ways of defending your property from would-be intruders. You can set the lights turn on automatically when you arrive in the dark, or even give the impression that you are home with lights switching on randomly when you’re out. For total peace of mind, it also even works with other smart home products such as cameras, smoke detectors and doorbells too.

Smoke detection alerts in TaHoma

We live and spend a lot of time in our homes and we expect these to be a safe place for our family members. Nevertheless many people do suffer from serious injuries and deaths every year due to fires in their homes. Not to mention the costs for rebuilding and restoring fire damaged homes. Fires can be caused by multiple things such as electrical failures, candles, smoking, cooking and lots of other reasons.

 

One way of minimizing risk of injuries due to fires is to secure the home and use smoke detectors. These come in a variety of designs and some also with smart functions. Nowadays there are smoke detectors that are connected to each other wirelessly in order to all sound at the same time and getting maximal attention when you are at home. During the past years we have also seen the entrance of smart smoke detectors. What these do is basically sending you a push notification or email to your smartphone. Upon receiving this you are able to take action faster and hopefully minimize the risk and damage if there’s a fire in your home.

 

Somfy offers smart smoke detectors that within the TaHoma smart home solution can send out alerts (a TaHoma is mandatory). We will guide you on how to setup push notifications so that you can receive information if the smoke detectors sense anything at your home.

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Instructions on how to setup a push notification/email in TaHoma:

  1. Login to you account at www.somfy-connect.com
  2. Click on SMART programming
  3. Choose “New” in the upper left corner
  4. Drag the envelope icon into the designated area
  5. Choose which devices that should receive the alert (smartphones shown here are the ones that have logged into your account. If a device is not showed, then use it to log in to your TaHoma account).
  6. Next, choose all smoke sensors that should act upon the presence of smoke
  7. Then confirm on “smoke” on the right column and press “Save” at the bottom
  8. Save your Smart programming
  9. Name your Smart programming and confirm
  10. Activate your program by dragging it into the dotted lines for activated programs
  11. Done!

 

You can also use the Smart programming menu in order to open your roller shutters and turn on lights in case of fire detection in your home. Just set this up within your Smart programming menu.

 

Smoke alarm detection in Somfy Protect:

 

If you are one of the many users of a Somfy Protect alarm-solution in your home there are ways to monitor your home for fires alarms here. What you do need is either a Somfy One or Somfy One+, the smart all-in-one alarms with built in camera, motion sensor and siren. These devices have a function for detecting the sound of existing smoke alarms in your home.

Within the device setting for your One/One+ you can enable the smoke alarm detection function. By doing this the device will listen for smoke and/or carbon monoxide alarms in your home. When an alarm is detected an email or push notice will be sent to your smartphone immediately and you can then take immediate action. Open your Somfy Protect app and see if there are smoke in your home and then call the fire department.

Note: In order to have the smoke alarm detection function to work your camera/alarm must be activated and the privacy shutter must be opened in order for the microphone to be able to detect the alarm.

 

Security for our home and our loved ones

THERE are plenty of security solutions out there that help us protect our property, but what about protecting those things which are truly priceless - our loved ones?

Any parent will know that we spend a huge amount of time worrying about our kids. In fact, a study found two thirds of UK parents regularly worried about their children.  And it’s not just the little ones either, because we also worry about elderly and vulnerable relatives as well as our pets too.

But imagine if there was a way to reduce that worry, giving you total peace of mind, comfortable in the knowledge that even when you’re away everyone is at home safe and sound?

 

Introducing Somfy Protect:

Somfy Protect is more than just a security system, it’s a complete ecosystem of connected smart products that you can mix and match and create the ideal solution for your home and family’s needs. Easy to install in only a few minutes, you can monitor and control everything from your smartphone, from the outside of your property, to the indoor environment where your pets and children play.

 

Key Components:

 

Keeping a careful watch on your family is easy with either of Somfy’s two camera solutions; Somfy One and Somfy Indoor Camera.

Somfy One is the complete all-In-one security setup which includes a siren, camera and motion sensor. Featuring an HD camera with night vision – nothing is going to be able to hide from this ever vigilant watchman. As soon as it detects an intruder it’ll snap a photo and a video as proof, while the 90+ dB siren goes off automatically to scare off the burglar. One other advantage of the Somfy One is that you can expand the camera with all kinds of smart sensors.

 

The Somfy Keyfob is used by the kids or older relatives so that when they come back to the house and scan in, the receiver sends you a notification so you know they’re safely home.

You can add a range of other accessories too including an outdoor and/or indoor siren and a motion sensor, allowing you to carry on about your business, send that last work email, finish your shopping or drop in to pick up some takeout food on your way home, knowing everyone is safe and sound.

Or by adding the indoor camera to your Somfy Protect system you can monitor the inside of your property, allowing you to quickly and easily see what’s happening on your smartphone screen. Watch the kids play or your elderly relative at rest, while keeping an eye that the dog isn’t making too much of a mess in the kitchen!

 

 

Community Sharing:

Another great feature of both Somfy One and Somfy Indoor Camera is that you can open it up to anyone, be it a friend or a neighbour, and let it alert them as well as you. You can set multiple profiles of either ‘owner’, ‘kids’ or ‘guests’. That way, even if you’re an hour away from home and something happens, they’ll be notified too and can go around and check on things for you. This provides you with an added layer of reassurance knowing there is another set of eyes and ears keeping tabs on your property and family. Simplicity, security, peace of mind.

Burglary prevention with TaHoma + IFTTT

More Smart Home with TaHoma + IFTTT

The smart home is a great easy living solution for your everyday life. It helps out making things simpler, automates different tasks you do everyday in your home, takes care of your lighting, heating and so much more. It also keeps you and your family safe, day and night and even when you’re not at home. Of course, there are lots of other advantages with having a smart home and you can tailor make this to suit your own desires and wishes.

The smart home solution from Somfy, called TaHoma is a functional and competent product and the central hub of your smart home. Once you have installed a TaHoma you are able to connect and control this from anywhere in the world as long as you have an internet connection. Use the TaHoma app and control your shades, lighting, electric appliances, garage doors and more. Somfy TaHoma has been around since 2012 and gets regular updates for free which makes it up to date when it comes to functions and integrations such as IFTTT (www.ifttt.com). IFTTT is a unique solution that helps you to connect services and gadgets from different companies. Using this in the right way can have a great improvement on your daily life.

 

IFTTT triggers and actions:

The use of IFTTT can help enhance your smart home. It allows you to link connected products of compatible brands to your Somfy smart home. IFTTT stands for If This Then That and basically you are giving an instruction that “if this happens then that should happen”. Setting up an account with IFTTT is free of charge and opens up the possibility to access thousands of free applets to get started. When you get used to the IFTTT methodology you can create your own tailor made applets, it’s really easy.

One very useful applet for example is that if an IFTTT compatible indoor motion sensor in your house detects movement while you are sleeping, or not home, then all your Philips Hue light bulbs can flash in the color red. Imagine how this will scare the burglar, which might just make him run away. Considering that most criminals like to work in the dark this is an effective and easy way of making it harder for them.

The fact that Somfy TaHoma supports IFTTT makes it possible to combine the solution with many other products. Let’s focus on interesting solutions that you can setup on your own.

 

TaHoma burglary prevention products:

Let us help you on how to build your own safety security system using the Somfy TaHoma. First, start with an IFTTT applet in order to be able to trigger actions. TaHoma can only be used as a That, not an If inside the IFTTT applet. For example you setup the time based trigger with a Google calendar event at 8pm (If) to simulate that you are home by turning on the lights and closing the curtains with a TaHoma scenario (That). Burglars that are scouting the neighborhood will most likely assume that your are home and do not see your house as a potential target. Prevention is better than cure.

Step 1: Make sure that you setup your Google calendar event, this will be the trigger.
Step 2: Setup a TaHoma scenario with your Somfy light receivers, roller shutter receivers, Philips Hue lamps and electric roller blinds.
Step 3: Create the IFTTT applet (link)

 

TaHoma + IFTTT + Google Assistant:

If you are a fan of voice assistants it is also possible to use either Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant in combination with IFTTT to launch scenarios on your TaHoma. For the moment it is only possible to use the English language with TaHoma and voice assistants. Just tell your voice assistant to launch a TaHoma scenario which turns on the lighting in your garden, roll down your blinds, all before you go to bed at night.

Warding off Intruders – Why Prevention is Better than Cure

There are several sophisticated security solutions out there which can protect your property from the inside and outside.

But once an intruder is inside, even if he doesn’t have time to take anything, the feeling that your property has still been violated can be all too real and lasting.

The key is to keep them from even attempting to get inside, so with that in mind, when it comes to home security, prevention is always better than cure. In fact, even burglars themselves admit that things such as cameras and anything making a noise are the most likely things to scare them off.

From automated shutters, motion sensors and cameras that let you challenge an intruder and sirens, having external security equipment not only lets you stay aware of what’s going on outside your property but also, these measures have the invaluable impact of deterring would-be opportunistic intruders who’ll be in no doubt that your home is not a soft target.

 

Constant Watchman:

Nobody wants the stress of having to keep a constant vigil on their property, so the perfect solution is to have smart security solutions do that all for you. An alarm system and IP camera for example.

Technology such as the Somfy Outdoor Camera is designed not only to monitor your property, but with its built-in 110dB siren can make plenty of noise designed to startle and scare off any would-be burglar should the need arise.

Picture the intruder approaching your home, taking their time to search for potential points of entry, but then suddenly the security camera’s motion sensor detects them and sends notification to the user. Then the user can trigger the siren. . the burglar is scared off, disoriented and startled, he flees without ever getting the chance to set foot inside your home.  This is much more than just a burglar alarm, this is a smart alarm that’s always on duty and keeps you aware of what’s happening.

 

Challenging Intruders in Safety:

If you want to be in control yourself the Full HD camera can send a notification to your smartphone when it spots something, allowing you to talk to the intruder directly via two-way communication, completely remotely – ensuring you can stay safely out of harm’s way.

Then the choice of actions is all yours and the power is in your hands. Share access to your system with your neighbours, friends or family. At the slightest alert, they will be able to intervene on site if you're not available. You can also activate the siren yourself directly from the Somfy Protect app. If you need it for evidence purposes, this IP camera’s videos are secured and stored free for 24 hours on the Somfy Cloud too. You’re in control.

The Somfy outdoor camera is part of the Somfy Protect range. The Somfy Protect range contents several security solutions to secure and protect your home.

The Somfy Home alarm consist out of several sensors like door/window sensors and badges. The Somfy outdoor camera is fully compatible with the Home alarm.

Combining the product will give you the option to fully secure and protect your home.

 

What do you need for your smart home?

What do you need for your smart home?

Okay, so you’re comfortable with the idea of a smart home now and you’ve got your Virtual Assistant and/or TaHoma all ready to go – but where do you go from there? After all, without the right technology around the house, that smart home isn’t going to feel very smart at all.

 

Thinking about your priorities:

When it comes to getting the right equipment for your new smart home ecosystem, it’s important to first think about what you want your smart home to do for you? For example, is security your main concern, or convenience? Or both?

 

Smart security:

If it’s security that’s your biggest priority, then technology such as cameras should be high on your list, with advanced tech such as motion sensors and videophones also something you could think about adding. With a hub like the TaHoma home automation system at the centre of this new smart security ecosystem, you can keep a watchful eye on the comings-and-goings both inside and outside your home, no matter where you are.

For total peace of mind, an all-in-one security system is something you could consider adding to your smart home. Systems such as Somfy One, which is a wireless alarm system with full HD camera, siren, motion detector and privacy protection designed to protect and guard. You can use it as a standalone system or activate it using the Somfy Protect app.

 

The home comforts:

If convenience is key, then think about what kind of tech you could add to your home that would make your home a much more enjoyable place to be? For instance, a remote thermostat that lets you set your temperature remotely while you’re on your way home from the football game or a chilly winter walk.

You can also enjoy complete control over your lights with wireless switches, making it super simple to set the ideal ambiance around your home with just the touch of a button.

The comforts of home automation don’t have to stay restricted to the house itself either. When you’re driving home and it’s raining for instance, you don’t need to get out of the car and get all wet, because with tech such as automated garage door solutions, the simple touch of a button will open up and close that garage for you – without you even having to step out into the rain.

 

Keeping it simple:

One of the common features of most smart home kit these days is simplicity. None of this requires an engineer or an electronics expert. TaHoma comes with its very own app to do all the hard work for you. Just connect to the Internet, follow the simple setup instructions and you’re good to go, so you can kick back and relax with total safety, comfort and security.

How to create your very first smart home

How to Create Your Very First Smart Home

 

Across Europe, the smart home revolution is well underway:

According to statistics, one in 10 households across the continent is now considered a ‘smart’ home, with that figure expected to double by 2022. But despite the rising popularity of connected smart homes, like any new venture knowing where to start can be quite daunting at first. Like something straight from the pages of a sci-fi novel, the technology is now in place to let us control virtually every aspect of our home, but where do we start?

 

What is a smart home?

A smart home refers to connected devices around the house, things like cameras, automatic blinds, thermostats, pretty much anything that is electronic and connected to other devices.

Located at the center of this network is a hub or a brain which allows us to control all of it, whether that’s through a smart phone or computer, or increasingly, using the rising popularity of Virtual Assistants and their advanced voice recognition software.

 

Rise of The Virtual Assistants:

One of the biggest advances in our homes in recent years have been Virtual Assistants. Devices such as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant have super advanced voice recognition software and can do a huge number of things to make our life simpler, from making shopping lists to ordering take-out.

One thing that Virtual Assistants can really make a big impact on is the smart home. Sure, it’s easy to have advanced gizmos and tech around the house, controlling our curtains and our heating, but making it easy to control all of those things is what’s really made the smart home something that’s driving the popularity of the connected home.

 

Somfy TaHoma:

Devices such as Somfy TaHoma are home automation systems that work with connected devices around the home. TaHoma works with more than 100 Somfy product and is also compatible with IFTTT & Philips HUE, Sonos, Amazon Alexa. For convenience it can also be accessed via a smart phone, computer or tablet, providing easy access to all your smart home features such as blinds, curtains, lights, electrical equipment, heating, garage doors and gates. What’s more, it’s accessible no matter where you are – whether you’re at home, on vacation or at the office.

Back to school with smart home tech

Back to School with Smart Home Tech

IT’S that time of year when children will be returning to school, and there’s a whole range of smart home solutions that can make that transition so much easier both for them, and you. When it comes to our children, nothing is more important than ensuring they stay safe around the home but it’s not always possible for us to be there with them, so solutions such as IP cameras, smart locks and high-quality alarm systems can provide enormous peace of mind when we’re not home and they are.

 

Smart Locks and Doorbells:

A smart door lock for example means there’s no need to worry if your child forgets their keys, they can still get in just by putting in a code or using their smartphones. You’ll be notified when the door is unlocked so you can relax knowing your child is back in the house.

doorbell camera will let you view who’s at the door just by using your smartphone. This can be paired with the smart door lock, so you can let the kids in yourself even if you’re not in the house.

 

Cameras:

Once they’re in the home though, make sure they’re safe by keeping a watchful eye via an IP surveillance camera. Whether they’re chilling out in the back garden or rustling up a snack in the kitchen – you’ll be able to check in on them anytime and make sure they’re okay. Some cameras even feature two-way radio, so you can talk to them too!

 

Smart Lighting:

Smart lighting is ideal for not only making sure the kids can make their way around the home in comfort and safety, but also for saving money on energy bills. Worried about them leaving lights on when they’re in another room? Then smart lighting is the ideal solution, motion sensors detect when there’s nobody in the room and deactivate the lights – simple!

 

Total Security:

For complete peace of mind nothing beats a full alarm system. With a solution like the Somfy Home Alarm for example, your children can use a personal fobs so that they can disarm the alarm when they come back from school, with no concerns about having to remember complicated codes and accidentally setting it off. The motion detector and door and window sensors provide total peace of mind, and what’s more, you’ll also get a notification on your smartphone that they’re home safe.

Things to consider when buying a security camera

Things to consider when buying a security camera

With nearly 40% of UK households due to be classed as ‘smart homes’ by 2022, the number of people investing in smart security systems is increasing all the time.

One of the central components of any alarm system is the security camera. As the eyes of the security system, it will act not only as a deterrent, but a protective and reassuring presence that will keep a watch over your home and your family. But with so many security cameras on the market, what should you be looking for in a camera system before you invest?

 

Picture quality:

Having great picture quality is hugely important because there’s no real point in having a security camera at all if the image is blurred or difficult to see. When looking for a camera, you should look for something that has HD quality at a minimum and provides you with crystal clear images.

 

Privacy:

Whether it’s your social media footprint or your personal data, privacy is of huge concern to most people these days, and what could be more important than protecting your privacy in your own home? Sure, having a security camera that monitors your property is a great security solution - but you don’t want to feel like you’re being watched when you’re relaxing in your own home. Consider buying one with an active privacy shutter such as that found in Somfy One - this will automatically close when you enter the room, giving you total peace of mind.

Motion sensors:

You don’t really need to have CCTV systems active all of the time when you just want them to deter possible intruders, so look for one with motion sensors - this means the camera will only become activated when it picks up movement. This will also save you money on electricity because the security camera won’t have to be running 24 hours a day.

 

Simple installation:

Unless you want to take an electrical engineering degree before buying a camera, consider getting a security camera that’s easy to install. There are great plug and play home security cameras out there that let you get set up in less than 10 minutes. Just plug these CCTV kits in and away you go. This type of wireless CCTV system often also come with redundancy features so they continue working even during power outages.

Make your home a not so tempting target

How tech can make your home a not so tempting target

In our last blog post we talked about how there were a number of basic solutions homeowners can take to try and secure their properties against would-be burglars, but perhaps the best way to avoid becoming a victim is to ensure your property is never considered a ripe target in the first place.

Home defense is not just about catching intruders once they’re on the property – deterrent is also a huge factor in keeping your home safe. Automatic lighting is a simple way to make potential burglars think you’re at home even when you’re not. Somfy’s remote lighting solutions allow you to activate them with the touch of a button with your smartphone or tablet, or simply pre-programme them with specific times to come on or off.

Making your property as hard to break into as well is also a huge deterrent to opportunist crooks who are on the lookout for an easy target. Somfy’s automated technology allows you to motorise your shutters, doors and windows so you can close and lock your home’s access points automatically at the simple touch of a button.

 

Advanced Design:

Smart home connectivity may be the future, but what differentiates Somfy from the other providers out there? Put simply – it’s quality. Somfy has an army of 400 skilled engineers working daily to design new ways to ensure you can experience both comfort, and safety, in your home. The company is so passionate about innovation that it even channels 10% of its sales revenue into research and development of groundbreaking new products and registers 400 patents a year, testing its tech under extreme conditions so you can be certain they’ll perform when you need them most.

Above all else, it’s this record of pride and innovation that has put Somfy at the forefront of connected home security in over 60 countries around the globe.

 

Making Life Simpler:

Life can be complicated enough so why invest time and effort in getting rid of one headache by improving your home security, only to replace it with another of having to set up over your brand-new Security Solutions.

At Somfy we make everything as simple and straightforward as possible, with its skilled customer service staff on hand before, during, and after your smart home project

So kick back, relax, and enjoy your holiday knowing your automated smart home is protected.

 

Burglary prevention during your holidays

Secure Your Home For The Holiday Season Using Smart Home Tech

With summer just around the corner many of us will be planning our holiday, a chance to get away from it all and take a well-earned break. But it can be tough to relax when our home is left empty and unguarded against would-be intruders. According to figures released by data company Knoema, burglaries continue to be one of the most prevalent crimes across Northern Europe. With this in mind, there are a number of very basic steps someone can take before leaving their home empty for any period of time.

 

Taking Precautions:

  • Ensuring all your windows and doors are securely locked
  • Tell your neighbours you’re heading away on holiday and ask them to keep an eye on your property
  • Make your home look lived in
  • Mow the lawn before you go
  • Don’t leave your curtains or blinds drawn (ideally, ask a friend/neighbour to close them for you at night time)
  • Program your lights to turn on and off at set times
  • Keep your holiday plans as private as possible. The more people who know you’re away, the greater the danger your will fall victim to crime
  • Ensure your home insurance is up to date
  • Make sure your expensive valuables are locked away in a secure place

 


As well as these more traditional methods of minimising the risk of falling victim to crime, more and more people are turning to smart alarm systems and connected home technology.


 

Smart Security:

There is a huge range of smart home security solutions designed to give you peace of mind while you’re off enjoying the summer sun, from burglar alarms to wireless smart alarm systems. With high-tech solutions such as the ability to activate it via your smartphone and wireless 90dB+ sirens. If you’re not home then no worries, because some systems can warn the police straight away. You can also add friends or neighbours to the app who’ll get a push message if there’s someone on your property.

Home security isn’t just about sound but sight too. HD wi-fi security cameras can detect intruders, take their picture as is a short bust of video footage. Don’t worry if you’ve got pets!  The indoor security camera can be configured so it doesn’t react when your pooch or feline wanders past. For your privacy, there are cameras with a shutter that closes when you enter the room.

Nowadays, these kind of security systems are super easy to install. For example is a fully stand-alone system that you just install it in a strategically smart spot, activate it using an app, and it’s up and ready to protect your home in no time at all. Check out all Somfy’s smart alarm systems here.