Revolutionary changes in technological developments have taken the world by storm. Technology has been able to accomplish tasks which we could never have imagined or envisioned even a decade back. This has enhanced productivity and also simplified a lot of tasks. Time has become a precious commodity and anything that helps to save time as well as effort is not only desirable but extremely lucrative. Smart Homes or home automation is one such significant development.
Smart Homes & Smart Hubs
A smart home is a home system which allows owners to control different appliances and devices in the house like thermostats, lights, air conditioners and window treatments remotely from any part of the world through a Smart phone or tablet. It allows you to pre-program these appliances ensuring maximum efficiency and minimal wastage of resources and energy. Smart homes have smart hubs, and smart hubs are the heart of your home. They help to control and send messages to different smart connected devices inside the house are also the main device that communicates with your Smart phones or tablets through wifi, which allows you to access these devices when you are away. Smart hubs are an essential part of a connected home. It is this hub that allows all your products to work together and also communicate. Some devices like cameras and thermostats have smart hubs built into them while others come in small boxes that connect to your Wi-Fi router.
Somfy Motors & ZRTSI: What is a ZRTSI Bridge?
Smart appliances or devices in your appliances and devices need compatible technology to function and to communicate with the smart hub. Somfy’s range of Radio Technology Somfy (RTS) motors is widely used in motorized window treatments like shutters, blinds and shades. And compatible with Somfy RTS motors is the Somfy Z-Wave® to Radio Technology Somfy® Interface (ZRTSI). ZRTSI is a Z-Wave bridge controller which receives Z-Wave transmissions and then helps to translate them into motor control commands for the RTS motors. Within a Z-Wave network, ZRTSI resides as a bridge controller node and becomes a repeating node in the mesh network. If you have Z-Wave from different manufacturers, they can all work in the same network together.
How Does ZRTSI Work?
The ZRTSI has one base node and 16 virtual nodes each of which corresponds to 16 RTS channels. These channels need to be programmed into ZRTSI and help to duplicate all settings associated with each channel for RTS control within Z-wave networks. This Z-Wave bridge is designed to operate with Somfy’s entire range of interior and exterior RTS motors. It offers an intuitive menu driven programming as also virtual prompts on a LCD screen. It makes adding RTS motorized products into Z-Wave based automation network easy hassle-free. The ZRTSI needs to be plugged into a standard electrical outlet and needs about 110V AC power. It is recommended that 1 ZRTSI must be used for every 25’ to 35’ area where RTS motors are located. Plug the device into the outlet, press the Select button on the device and search for “Somfy” on the LCD screen. From here you can go ahead and navigate and program the unit.
The ZRTSI Bridge consists of:
- LCD screen which displays the navigation menu
- S indicator which flashes when the RTS is transmitting
- Z indicator stays on when it is connected to a Z-wave network
- Left and right arrow which allows users to navigate to the left and right respectively
- Select button to access and select the menu
If you have Somfy motorized shades using RTS motors, you can easily use ZRTSI Bridge to integrate them into your home automation system. Simply pair the ZRTSI bridge to your Z-wave smarthub, and then pair your shades to the ZRTSI bridge. Once the pairing is done you can control and program your shades and blinds from anywhere you have wifi, and you can pre-program and schedule them to operate at different times of the day ensuring enhanced security and privacy of your homes and optimal utilization of energy.