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The automations: a constantly renewed feature

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The automations are among smart device users’ favourite features. They simplify your daily life, improve the practicality of your living environment and help maximize your energy savings. Thanks to the latest Neviweb app updates, they can totally revolutionize your life!

What is an automation?

In the Neviweb app, automations enable actions to be automatically activated based on various triggers: time of day, sunrise/sunset, single or double click on a switch or a dimmer, or presence at home.

In the Neviweb app designed by Sinopé Technologies, this feature is only available for Zigbee devices.

The actions performed based on time are called – needless to say – time automations.

Sunrise/sunset automation allows multiple device actions to be triggered at once minutes before or after the sun rises or sets.

Device automation allows sending instructions to various devices (thermostat, smart plug, switch, dimmer, valve, load controller or water heater) using a Sinopé light switch or dimmer as a trigger. You can thus choose that pressing a switch once turns on the light, but pressing the same switch twice will change the set temperature of the thermostats, turn on the coffee maker and close the valve installed on the water inlet.

Presence automation allows you to automatically activate or deactivate several devices depending on your presence at home.

Finally, if you have water leak detectors or a Zigbee valve connected to your GT130 gateway in your Neviweb account, you can create water detection automations. Those automations are specifically designed to trigger actions related to water damage protection.

Trigger type for automation in Neviweb

Adding conditions to your automations

Our team of developers constantly updates the Neviweb app to implement new features and improve performance.

Monthly, these new features are shared here

Moreover, for a few months already, it has been possible to add conditions to the execution of time, sunrise/sunset or presence automations.

From the outset, automations use a base condition to run (“If”). However, adding a condition (“And”) allows an even more precise execution. These additional conditions allow the consideration of presence or daylight into the equation.

For example, if you created an automation to turn on ambiance lights at home at sunset, you could add the specification that this action only runs if you are at home. Here’s how that would look in the Neviweb app:

Sunset automation in the Neviweb app

Note that you must first activate the geofencing feature in your account to add a presence condition.

As for the day/night condition, the sunrise and sunset times are used for the execution of the requested action.

This new feature is available for new and existing automations. You can therefore revisit the automations in your account to improve their activation context.

Group your automations for more efficiency

If you have created automations lately, you’ll have noticed the ability to create groups. Thanks to the tooltip in the Neviweb application (see how to activate it here!), you know that this new option facilitates management and navigation in Neviweb.

Indeed, over time, you will likely have dozens of automations and many more since Neviweb allows the creation of an unlimited number. The ability to group them will help you find them, whether to modify or activate/deactivate them over the seasons.

Ideas on how to group your automations: 

  • Ambiance Automations: Group automations designed to add ambiance at home

  • Weekday Routine / Weekend Routine: group automations tailored to your weekly routines

  • Christmas / Winter / Holidays / Halloween: group automations that are seasonal or directly related to holidays or special occasions
  • Presence / Absence: group presence automations
  • Heating: to quickly find the automations with regards to heating setpoints on thermostats or for heating devices
  • Virtual 3-ways: group device automations used to create virtual 3-ways within the location
Group your automations in the Neviweb app

An ever-growing variety of actions

An automation has two parts: the conditions (If/And) that define the triggers and the actions commanded (Then). Thanks to the variety of Sinopé-branded devices that is always evolving, the actions carried out are constantly growing.

A word on water automations

If you have a Zigbee valve (VA4221ZB or VA4220ZB) or a water leak detector connected to a GT130 gateway in your account, you can create water automations. This kind of automation uses water detection (whether it senses water or not) to trigger actions.

Thus, upon water detection, the following actions could be triggered: 1) the Zigbee Sedna valve closes the water inlet; 2) the smart plug, load controller or water heater controller turns off the appliance that it controls. If the option is relevant in your home, you could even change the set temperature of the thermostats automatically or turn on or off the light connected to a light switch or dimmer.

On the opposite, when detection stops, you could automate that every device returns to its normal status, such as turning on appliances controlled by a Sinopé smart device.

What if I use a Wi-Fi valve instead?

If instead, you have a Wi-Fi Sedna valve (VA4220WF or VA4221WF) to which water leak detectors or other accessories are directly connected, you won’t need to create any water automations. All you will have to do is select the actions to be performed in the “Configuration” section of the settings of these devices.

An important thing to remember is that a Sinopé smart device (switch, smart plug, etc.) connected directly to a Wi-Fi valve rather than to the GT130 gateway will not have access to the variety of features normally available with the use of the GT130 gateway. As they will become accessories of the valve, all their smart features will be related to it. As a result, for example, a Sinopé switch connected to the valve can only open or close the valve with a double-click.

The advantage

The advantage of using a Sedna Wi-Fi valve lies in the ability of the system to operate even in the event of a power failure, thanks to the batteries that serve as emergency power (up to 48 hours of autonomy). In comparison, the Zigbee valves will absolutely require the use of the uninterruptible power supply connected to the GT130 gateway to ensure water damage protection for up to 24 hours in the event of a power failure.

You can see in the support article what happens with your Wi-Fi or Zigbee valve during a power outage.

The conclusion

Thanks to the new features implemented in the past few months, the automations feature available for Zigbee devices designed by Sinopé Technologies provides unparalleled comfort and quality of life. Selecting the appropriate conditions will make your home more self-sufficient and helpful. That is what we call a smart home that fits your lifestyle!

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