Today, The VELUX Group, leaders in roof windows announced an impressive and innovative partnership with Netatmo releasing a Smart Window System.
The system allows automatic control of roof windows, blinds and shutters – all controlled via Netatmo Sensors and integrated into Apple HopmeKit. Allowing owners to control their windows and blinds via the app and any supported Apple device, including iPhone, iPad and even Apple Watch. Even Siri will be able to control them “Hey Siri, open the bedroom’s roof windows”.
The system is plug and plug, allowing anyone to buy it and easily integrate it into their smart home. The system, called the VELUX ACTIVE, makes owners smart homes smarter by thinking for them. Monitoring CO concentration, humidity and temperature, to improve the air quality by opening windows or closing blinds – creating a healthier indoor space. A smart algorithm calculates if opening the window will make a difference and if so for how long it needs to be open.
Kent Holm, SVP, global product management, The VELUX Group commented:
“The trend for smart homes to help us live more comfortable and healthier lives is increasing and this innovation positions VELUX for more growth in this rapidly developing product segment.”
The tech connects via 868 MHz in Europe, meaning the remotes will continue to work if you have an internet outage. However the app and HomeKit integration is reliant on an internet connection, received via a 2.4GHz WiFi connection. The app requires a minimums of IOS 9.0 or Android 5.0.
The VELUX ACTIVE starter pack includes the required gateway, one indoor climate sensor and a departure switch. It retails for an impressively low £219.99 with additional indoor climate sensors for €99 / £87.