IoT messaging: How to control lights via chat app

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IoT messaging: How to control lights via chat app

Imagine being able turn on the lights in your home or lower the blind by send a voice message from your smartphone via IoT messaging. At Build Eco Xpo (BEX) Asia in Singapore earlier this month, Unified Inbox Pte. Ltd. (UIB) showcased UnificationEngine which works with Overkiz’s platform-as-a-service (PaaS) SmartContact, which offers intelligent IoT messaging.
Overkiz, a subsidiary of France-based Somfy Group, demonstrated how adding a SmartContact to a smartphone’s address book will allow users to control wireless home and building devices using Natural Language (NLP) voice and instant messaging on popular communications channels like WhatsApp, WeChat, and Facebook Messenger.
UIB Key Account Manager Nush Khan explained,

Enabling people to operate their devices by sending voice and text messages through their favorite social media, messaging, and chat apps makes IoT simple for building developers, installers, and users. With a UnificationEngine-powered SmartContact in their smartphone’s address book, Overkiz customers will have the capability to talk to blinds, gates, equipment, and HVAC, lighting, and security systems on over 20 of the world’s most popular communications platforms, including LINE, Viber, Telegram, WhatsApp, WeChat, Facebook Messenger, and many more — both complimenting and working independently of native apps and smart speakers.

Ludovic Dagneau, Overkiz’s Asia-Pacific Sales Director, added,
The channel partnership of Overkiz with UIB creates a ubiquitous, smart home solution with a smooth experience for end-users. UIB’s SmartContact empowers users by allowing them to use natural language to control and monitor their lighting devices and home appliances and to collect data from wireless IoT sensors. Overkiz integrates a wide range of global brands and product categories into its cloud.

To demonstrate the power of this ubiquitous solution, the two companies are leveraging Zigbee 3.0 and RTS protocols to receive messages through SmartContact, eabaling customers to:
Turn light bulbs on and off from Trust, Innr, IKEA, Osram, Sengled, and Leedarson;
Turn light switches on and off from Schneider, Heiman, Legrand, Climax, and Orvibo; and
Open and close motorized blinds from Somfy.

Our focus is on improving the experience for end-users,

Khan concluded.

Ask yourself, how many light bulbs do you have right now in your home or office, how many are from different manufacturers? Each manufacturer has their own unique app, which creates a nightmare for end-users. UIB’s SmartContact and Overkiz’s PaaS work together to create a breakthrough in IoT usability for home and building applications.

Author: Tim Cole
Image Credit: Unified Inbox

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