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On the sunny side of life with the digital shading systems

Intelligent networked shutter and blind controls can be perfectly adapted with the myGEKKO and controlled easily thanks to the uncomplicated SMI technology.
The SMI technology (SMI = Standard Motor Interface) is used by customers and electricians as electronic interface between the control unit and the drives of digital sun blinds drives or shading systems.On one hand, it satisfies the wish of many Smart Home users of a more comfortable control of the digital shading system.On the other side, the installers of shutters and blind don’t need to have additional computing skills.At the contrary:the SMI technology reduces the number of devices and consequently the installation effort.
“Sun blind and shutter drives are designed for practitioners”, underlines Otmar Stillhard, CEO of SMI Standard Motor Interface e.V., based in the Swiss town of Steckborn.Electricians can use conventional connection cables with five wires and connect up to 16 drives in parallel.“With the myGEKKO Slide, a smartphone or a tablet PC the users can communicate with the drives and command each motor separately or the entire shading system according to their specific needs”, adds Hartwig Weidacher, Smart Home expert and CEO of myGEKKO | Ekon GmbH.The shutters for example can open in the morning as soon as it becomes light and close in the evening when it gets dark.

And this is not the end of the story:with a digital shading system you can create the ideal lighting comfort in every room.A daylight deflection system for example conveys the daylight into the building without dazzle.At the same time, the digital controlled blinds or shutters prevent a high heat input and create a sense of well-being.The crucial factors are the exact positioning of the shutters and a quick status feedback about the command execution.Both can be realized with the SMI technology.Via the myGEKKO Slide or the smartphone app, the users are constantly informed about “how things stand” and can configure new settings.

One cable for everything
In shading system without SMI technology, every single shutter drive must be connected with a separate cable.With the SMI technology it is possible to control up to 16 drives with one cable, in parallel or separately.The result is a significant reduction of the cabling.The installation takes less time and the cables require less space.Furthermore,as the SMI technology has been developed as a global digital interface standard, the compatibility is guaranteed.It is possible to use shading drives of different manufacturers.Again, the rule is:users who don’t want to open and close their shutters manually, can control the drives of several manufactures via myGEKKO, using timers or brightness sensors.

“In combination with a weather station, it is possible e.g. to create a myGEKKO configuration that closes the shutters in case of rain, protecting the windows”, explains Hartwig Weidacher listing another advantage of digital shading systems.This can be very useful, particularly for windows which are out of reach, as those in the roof area.“When the control is in operation, the occupants can benefit from the interaction between the latest home automation and precisely controlled shutters or blinds”, says Otmar Stillhard, reassuming the advantages of the SMI technology.
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