Building Smarter Homes and Outdoor Spaces: The Internet of Things and Somfy Technology

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Want to make your home a little smarter? You’re not alone. The 2016 U.S. Smart Home Trends Survey conducted by Houzz, in collaboration with Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA), identified a growing awareness and interest in smart home technology integration among consumers. According to the survey nearly half of renovating homeowners are incorporating smart technology into their homes. You can now control your home’s appliances, lighting, thermostats, and a variety of other objects from smartphone apps and the interconnectivity of these devices creates the Internet of Things (IoT). This interaction can create healthier, more comfortable, and more energy efficient homes. In the first study of its kind, Consumer Technology Association (CTA) “finds widespread adoption of home automation products such as temperature, circuit and lighting control, if used for energy savings purposes, could collectively avoid up to 100 million tons of CO2 emissions and reduce total residential primary energy consumption by as much as 10 percent.”

At Struxure, when we created our Somfy technology, we knew that simply attaching a sensor to a household item didn’t necessarily make it “smart.” That’s why we concentrated on integrating meaningful, necessary technology that would improve homeowners’ lives while also enhancing their homes. Our Somfy technology provides users a variety of options for programming and controlling their Struxure systems. Homeowners can program their roof to open and close at certain times of the day, choose between 4 preset positions, and re-open to its last known position, guaranteeing the perfect position every time. Somfy technology can also automatically open and close your roof depending on conditions such as rain and wind. If excessive wind speeds are detected, Hurricane Mode will override all functions and open the louvers to allow for air to freely flow through the louvers.

Available for free download in the Apple and Google Play stores, the Somfy app by Struxure provides the ultimate control of your outdoor living environment all from the palm of your hand. Whether you want to direct sun onto your home or outdoor living area for added warmth or deflect its rays to cut down on cooling costs, Somfy technology makes it possible with the touch of a button.

This customized programmability is what sets Struxure apart and in the future, we will constantly be looking for ways to seamlessly integrate useful and energy efficient technology for our customers. Contact us today to discuss our Somfy technology and how we can make your outdoor living spaces smarter.