Why did you exhibit at équipbaie?
It is the major show for Somfy, since it is a specialist in window fittings and it has many manufacturing customers who exhibit at the show. It is also a place where we meet many of our installer customers. We make drives, automatic devices and alarms for roller shutters, leaf shutters, and blinds, whether they be internal or external, orientable sun shields, gates, garage doors, etc. we also offer remote controls to allow timed programming and to create pre-programmed scenarios. Then there are our wireless solar and wind sensors that enable blinds to be raised or lowered depending upon how hot or windy it is.
What new products did you show on your stand this year?
We presented hard wearing and very discreet drives for leaf shutters that fit in perfectly with the exterior of a building. These can be fully personalized. We offer sensitive control buttons, which only need a gentle touch to operate vertical or lateral openings. Our new alarms included a smoke detector and an external movement detector. Their unique feature is compatibility with our existing products thanks to RTS and io technologies. For example, it the external detector detects an intruder it automatically triggers the closing of the roller shutter. Likewise, the smoke detector will open shutters in order make evacuation easier. It is also possible simulate occupation. We call this active security. We also offer autonomous drives that are powered by solar panels.
Can you tell us about your TaHoma home automation solution?
This is a web control interface that can be accessed from a mobile phone, a tablet computer with touch screen or a PC connected to the Internet. io HomeControl products are compatible with this application. All you need is the TaHoma box connected to the home’s ADSL modem and to pay a monthly subscription of €5.90 in order to be able to access the interface and to store your data on a secure site. This gives you access to intuitive and very easy to use home automation. The installer will configure your box, which will recognize all the io and RTS applications in your home, including Velux roof windows, secure Vachette locks and other products that are part of our io HomeControl alliance. The installer will personalize your application based on the number of rooms in your home and their uses, which you can name in order to find them more easily. As a result, you will be able to control your home remotely from your mobile.
Interview by Laurent Perrin