Generally speaking, the phrase "If this, then that" describes a simple programming logic. An Internet service has turned this principle into a brand, taking on the abbreviation “IFTTT” as its name. Thanks to that service, it is now possible to connect several smart devices and synchronise their functions.
This allows for a new level of comfort at KNX Smart Homes. For example, your kitchen floor might warm up as soon as you switch on your coffee machine in the morning. Or your lights will automatically be dimmed once you turn on the TV. What makes IFTTT particularly convenient is that you can link all kinds of products from different manufacturers.
To unfold the full potential of your Smart Home, all it takes is the right combination. By way of example, an IFTTT connection can activate scenarios like this one: “When I open my smart door lock (if this…), music from Spotify will start playing on my Sonos box and my Philips Hue lamps will switch to a dimmed light (… then that).”
You could also use IFTTT functions whenever you leave the house: upon pressing the central “off” switch (if this…), your coffee maker turns off and the heating goes down, while your security system and the vacuum robot switch on (…then that.).
Once you have set up a smart system in your house or apartment, it’s easy to add an IFTTT connection. All you need are three basic components:
the remote access module Gira S1
your own IFTTT account
Using the remote access module, you can monitor your Smart Home from afar – while you’re at work or on holiday, for example. The Gira S1 ensures that your data remains encrypted in compliance with GDPR, protecting all lines of communication against unauthorised parties.
The standard IFTTT version is free of charge. It allows you to create three new applets and activatean unlimited number of applets. If three customised applets are not enough, you can opt for the premium program.
This version lets you create as many applets as you wish. Furthermore, it includes extensive customer support and faster performance in terms of polling (i.e. the process where a computer or controlling device checks the status of another device) and real-time applets. A premium account will cost you $3.33 (which amounts to £2,42) per month. In case you want to just try it out first, IFTTT offers a free trial for seven days.
Voice control in Smart Homes
All you need to control your Smart Home is your voice – thanks to Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant.
The Gira X1 was developed specifically for Smart Homes with a KNX network. It enables you to connect a variety of devices and monitor automated processes via app. Minimum effort for maximum comfort.
Gira KNX system
Imagine living in a house that knows your needs and habits inside and out. That turns the lighting on and off, regulates indoor temperatures, and takes over tedious chores – all by itself. The Gira KNX system was designed to offer exactly this kind of comfort: a variety of devices and features accommodating your daily routines in perfect sync.
Customise each moment: with the Gira HomeServer, you can easily put complex scenarios into practice. Even garden irrigation and smart speakers can be integrated into the system. All data transmission is, of course, encrypted.