Monday 6 December 2021

From Smartphone to Smart Home

You can do anything from your phone these days, and operating your automated garage doors is no exception. It’s ideal for large families, so there’s no surprise that there’s been an increase in requests for this feature.

The intelligent SOMweb solution from SOMMER consists of a control unit that wirelessly connects to the garage door operator. This connects to a free app, which you control from your smartphone or tablet. This not only stops the need for carrying a remote everywhere, but also means you can open the garage door from the hall as you’re getting ready to leave, or as you approach the garage ready to park.

 The SOMweb is also compatible with Apple HomeKit (Siri), Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa via IFTTT, so you can use voice control with your operators. Creation of custom ‘events’ is possible via the IFTTT platform, for example, automatic opening and closing of the garage at a defined distance, also called geo-fencing, from the door or at a specified time.

While it’s always good practice to include a smart home garage door operator when planning to build a new garage, this is not always how it works out. You can also equip an existing garage door with a state-of-the-art garage door operator, as many doors are suitable for conversion this way. 

It doesn’t matter whether the client has been opening their door manually or by using a remote. SOMMER operators have been extensively tested and certified in combination with more than 5.000 doors from other well-known manufacturers.

As always with SOMMER security is a top priority. That’s why SOMweb uses an integrated server to store all your data. Absolutely no user data is externally stored, as external servers are potential targets for hackers due to their high data volumes. This ensures that data is optimally stored and protected against hackers.

Communication between the SOMweb and the operator is via the SOMloq2 radio control system, boasting a 128-bit AES encryption. Put simply, 128-bit AES encryption is what is used for internet banking, so you can consider your SOMweb data safe and sound. 

User management and access control for ten users are included. The SOMweb can be expanded to 50 users or an unlimited number of users via purchasable user plug-ins. The comprehensive user management system allows you to define time or location-dependent access to doors.

Even further security measures are available with the video function as a purchasable plug-in, you can view a live stream of door movements from your IP cameras in the SOMweb app. You can receive notification of door movements via e-mail or push messages in the SOMweb app. You can view the video recordings and door activity later at your convenience in the log.

With the availability and affordability of these benefits, it’s no wonder that the interest in smart home products is growing the way it is.

If you have any queries regarding the installation of SOMMER smart home products, please call on 01904 607 869, or visit the website for more information.

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