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Sensor Triggers: Smart home automation at its finest

iDevices News, Sensor Triggers: Smart home automation at its finest
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There are so many ways to automate your home these days. If you're a fan of the HomeKit platform, Sensor Triggers are a terrific option. With the help of a HomeKit-compatible motion sensor, you can control different rooms, zones, and even your entire house without thinking twice. Besides the major convenience factor at play, this type of home automation can absolutely save money by turning off lights/appliances and adjusting the temperature to a more efficient setting when you're not around. 

Sensor Triggers are just one variety offered through the HomeKit platform. iDevices products are HomeKit compatible, meaning you can take advantage of Triggers via the iDevices Connected app on your iOS device, as well as Apple’s preloaded Home app.

Triggers 101

There are four triggers available via the Connected or Home apps – Home, Location, Product, and Sensor. We’re focusing on Sensor Triggers in this article. Triggers activate Scenes, another HomeKit feature giving you the ability to control multiple smart products with a single command. Scenes can be activated manually through the Connected app, with voice commands, schedules, and via triggers — by far the most automated method to control your smart home. An Apple Home Hub — Apple TV 4K, Apple TV 4th Generation, HomePod, or iPad running iOS 10 or later — is required to create and activate Triggers remotely. Otherwise, you must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network for a Trigger to activate.

How Sensor Triggers work

Sensor Triggers are simple in premise, but can get complicated quickly depending on how much you want to automate. Let's say you have a HomeKit-compatible motion sensor in your mudroom. You can set up a Scene in the iDevices Connected app that turns on lights in the mudroom, hallway, and kitchen. In the app, you can also set up a Sensor Trigger that's only active after 5 p.m. in the evening. Now when you trigger the motion sensor after 5 p.m., your Scene will automatically play and you won't be in the dark when you come home from work. This is just one example, but there are really so many possibilities. 

As noted above, you can set your trigger to only activate during the day, night, or a custom range. You can also set an end time, so the Scene turns off after a period of time. For example, if an end time of 7 p.m. is set in the above scenario, the Scene you played to turn on various lights will turn off after two hours — as will the lights. 

Another factor to play with is based on presence. You can set your Sensor Trigger to only activate when your home, when you're not home, when anyone is home, or when no one is home. 

As always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to our U.S.-based customer experience team: 

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