Somfy Releases a New Digital Motor Interface to Enrich the Smart Home Environment

Somfy has announced the launch of its Control4 to Digital Motor Interface. The Control4 to Digital Motor Interface enables seamless integration of the Somfy Digital Network (SDN) motor family with Control4 systems to deliver an integrated home automation solution.

Somfy’s Control4 to Digital Motor Interface enhances the smart home environment with better bi-directional communication, less power consumption, and seamless integration capabilities.

  • Easily integrates with Control4 systems
  • Connects directly to the motor for power
  • Identifies and connects to the motor automatically
  • Provides feedback to the Control4 system with a 500ms real time response

The Control4 to Digital Motor Interface (DMI) is a wireless end node within a Control4 system. It receives Control4 Zigbee transmissions and converts them to motor control commands (via Control4 Integration systems) for Somfy’s line of Sonesse 50 RS485 (AC/DC), Sonesse 30 RS485 (DC), and Glydea ULTRA RS485 motors. The interface also receives feedback information from these motors and distributes it to the Zigbee network.

With reliable bi-directional communication, real-time motor position status updates, and incremental positioning from 0-100%, end users can more easily control their compatible smart home devices for better natural light management.

The Control4 to Digital Motor Interface is designed to fit smaller shade pockets for roller, roman, and woven shades and can be seamlessly integrated into the existing smart home system for enhanced privacy, comfort, and energy efficiency. This interface can also be the ideal solution for new residential construction as SDN motors are AC or DC powered, which is easiest to deploy at the same time as construction for built-in bi-directional communication in various torque and power options.

With Control4 certified drivers and a simple integration process, this interface increases convenience for an improved connected living experience.

“This new interface will improve the connectivity of Somfy’s line of digital motors to Control4 systems, while also providing a modern solution for today’s smart home integrations. The Control4 to Digital Motor Interface allows for easy installation and, because it is Control4 certified, dealers and integrators can find this product in Control4’s commissioning software, making the process of delivering a flexible solution even easier,” said Amit Parpani, Senior Product Manager, Somfy North America.

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