In the last update to version 2.31 we launched the geofencing feature in homee. This new function offers you many options to set up your smart home with homee even more comfortably and more automated.
In this blog post we not only tell you what exactly is geofencing, but also what advantages it brings for you and your smart home. We also go through the setup with you step by step, so that no questions should remain unanswered.
What is geofencing and how does it work?
The geofencing function enables your smart home to automatically know whether you or other residents are at home or not. The presence / absence status is transmitted based on the location of your smartphone.
If no one or no smartphone is located in the vicinity of your home, homee automatically switches your home to "Away" mode. If you leave your house without your smartphone, I mean if you leave it at home, homee can of course not know about your absence. You should always keep this in mind! But today we almost always have our smartphone with us anyway, is a vital item, or modern shackle as some call it.
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What are the advantages of geofencing?
Geofencing is a replacement for the mode switch (of course our beloved switcher is still one of our favorites) and also saves you from activating the status via the homee app. homee automatically finds out whether someone is at home or whether everyone has flown out. Then your smart home center can automatically activate the commands you have stored (Homeegrams).
This can e.g. lowering the room temperature and automatically switching off all lights in the house. This saves you valuable energy, time and thus money. But of course you can also implement a lot of other automations via homeegrams - depending on which devices you are using and what should happen during your absence or when you come home.
With geofencing, you never have to worry about notifying your home of your absence again. And it can never happen again that you forget to change the status using the wall button or app when you leave the house.
Basic requirement: This is how you activate geofencing for your homee
If you want to use the new geofencing function for your homee, you have to activate it first. This works quickly and easily using the following steps:
- In the homee app, tap on the homee symbol in the top left and then on the gear in the top right.
- Then click on the line with your username. In the menu that opens, you can activate geofencing for your account via the "Attendance management" item.
- When you activate it for the first time, homee asks you whether you are currently present or absent in order to learn the status. You also have to activate the location services of your smartphone and always allow the homee app to access your location.
- Under the item "Activate geofencing" you will also find a few individual settings. Here you can z. B. set the radius. It would be stupid if your smart home switches to absent if you just put the garbage can on the street.
After these quick steps, presence detection is activated and you can use it in conjunction with Homeegrams.
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This is how it works: Use geofencing in homeegrams
After you have activated the new geofencing function for your homee, you only have to use the presence / absence as a trigger for the corresponding homeegrams. You can set up a corresponding homeegram with the following steps:
- Go to the menu item "Automations" and tap on the plus sign in the upper right corner to create a new homeegram.
- Under “Trigger” tap on “If” and then select “Presence” in the menu that opens.
- You can now choose from the options “First user comes home”, “Last user leaves the house”, “Specific user comes home” and “Specific user leaves the house”. The use of the options should be self-explanatory. Simply select the appropriate entry for your homeegram and confirm with "Done".
- Now you can set additional conditions such as a dependency on the time under "Condition".
- Finally, under “Action”, you select the devices and states that are to be executed for the respective presence status. Of course, you can also address several devices and co. At the same time.
From practice: a few examples of geofencing homeegrams
You will probably immediately think of a few possibilities of what kind of homeegrams you could trigger via geofencing. Nevertheless, we will give you a few examples.
- Lights off: Create a homeegram that switches off all smart lamps and bulbs as soon as the last resident leaves the house or apartment. Of course, you can also "release" devices with a smart plug, such as the television, from standby consumption.
- More security: Do you have a smart security camera like the Netatmo Welcome? But you don't want this to record when someone is at home? Then switch it on automatically with a homeegram when all residents have left the house. Of course, this also works with a smart alarm system that you set up with homee.
- Save heating energy: after leaving, lower the room temperature a few degrees using smart thermostats. This is particularly useful if you go to work in the morning (linked to the additional condition of time and day of the week) and are on the road for a longer period of time. With a second homeegram you can then raise the temperature again shortly before the end of the day so that it is pleasantly tempered when you come back home.
- Individual ambience: Set up a homeegram with “A certain user is coming home” for you to wrap your home in your favorite lighting mood when you arrive. And maybe you can use a smart plug to automatically switch on the coffee machine when it is the right time for a cup of coffee.
As I said, these are just a few examples. I'm sure you can think of a lot more. We look forward to your examples in the comments below.