Somfy , MyFox, and Okidokeys = One Big Happy FamilyBy - 01/04/2017
January is one of the busiest months for both tech companies and enthusiasts. Thanks to CES, we get to see both new companies and familiar names showcase their latest innovations. At CES 2015, we were able to visit with both Okidokeys, now known as OpenDoors, and Myfox. Since then, both brands have merged with Somfy to form Somfy Protect. What’s changed? What’s the same?
Somfy Protect is now offered in several countries, including most parts of Europe. Unfortunately, as a whole, it is not yet available in the US. However, Somfy One and parts of the Myfox system are available to US users. Scroll down for details.
Before we review Somfy Protect, let’s first take a look at recent acquisitions and how these affect what they offer.
Acquisition of Myfox
What is Myfox?
Myfox is a smart home security provider. They boast a system that can “detect break-ins BEFORE they happen” via a vibration detecting technology called IntelliTAGs. When Myfox sensors detect vibration, an algorithm is triggered and decides whether a vibration is caused by a knock on your door or by an attempted break-in. Myfox also sells a security camera with night vision, HD resolution, a motion sensor, sound sensor, and a lens that shuts when you’re home to protect your privacy.
What’s Changed Post Merger?
At the time of writing, Myfox hasn’t made any notable changes to their US offer. The changes only affect customers in certain European countries. In the US, you can still buy Myfox. In Europe, you can buy Myfox as part of a Somfy system. We’ll get to that soon.
Acquisition of Okidokeys
What is Okidokeys?
Okidokeys, aka OpenDoors, is a manufacturer of smart locking solutions for doors, garage doors, and gates. Unlike August and other smart locks, Okidokeys offers smartphone-less ways to open your door including RFID cards and badges.
What’s Changed Post Merger?
Post merger, not much has changed, except Okidokeys is promising new products and even integration of their existing products with Somfy Protect. These changes should happen during the first quarter of 2017. According to France’s Le Journal du Net,
As of now, you can’t order any of their products from their website (Okidokeys.com) nor from OpenDoors.net. You will have to wait until Okidokeys is fully integrated with Somfy Protect.
For existing customers, Okidokeys’ promises to send information by email. In researching, it sounds like they won’t abandon their current users. However, they MIGHT require existing users to buy additional hardware, such as a hub, to continue use of their equipment. Bummer.
The New Product Lineup
Somfy One – A Camera-Centric Security Solution
Somfy One will be available to US users. It’s an all-in-one camera with features similar to Myfox’s security camera. It boasts a 1080p FHD camera, a 20-foot night vision range, 130-degree viewing angle, and up to an 8x digital zoom.
Somfy One protects your home using motion and sound detection. Motion detection can be customized with detection zones to ensure fewer false alarms. Also, the camera includes Somfy Vision. Somfy Vision is software built into the camera aimed at making motion detection more intelligent. Upon detection, the camera saves 10-second videos to the cloud. Cloud storage is free, but clips only stay in the cloud for 24 hours. After that, they are automatically deleted. If you want, you can upgrade your cloud storage plan to record continuously, but that will require you to pay a monthly fee. Pricing for expanded cloud storage is TBD.
As for sound detection, Somfy One is able to detect the sound of smoke alarms, similar to iSmartAlarm’s Spot. Traditional smoke alarms can’t alert you of fire if you’re not home, but with a listening device like Somfy One, you’ll be notified through push notifications. Finally, Somfy One has an added security feature— radio jamming detection. If someone (most likely a thief) is using radio jamming technology in your area, Somfy One can detect it and let you know.
If you prefer to take it to the next level, Somfy One+ is for you. It includes everything discussed in Somfy One plus a battery and a microSD card slot for local storage.
Somfy One and One+ connect with and manage over 150 TaHoma products, including shades, blinds, garage door controllers, and more. They both work with Myfox’s IntelliTAGs and remote key fobs. In fact, both cameras will ship with an IntelliTAG sensor and an automatic deactivation key fob. If you already have a Myfox system, Somfy One is a good addition. Not only is it a high performing camera, but it bridges a connection between Somfy’s shading system and Myfox’s security system. When connected, you can control both ecosystems using Somfy One’s companion app.
Somfy One is the only Somfy Protect product sure to hit the US. It will launch this spring and will retail for $229. The camera will also launch in Europe.
Nothing yet is certain about Somfy’s professional monitoring offers in the US. What we know for sure is that Somfy One works with both Myfox and Somfy products, and for US customers, it will be the link to the two platforms. That said, Somfy One MIGHT be offered under Myfox’s security system and MIGHT even benefit from Myfox’s professional monitoring services.
For customers in France, Somfy now offers professional monitoring starting at €9.99/month. The service will also be available in other parts of Europe this year.
Somfy Protect’s Multi-Hub Platform
As part of the rebranding, Somfy also launched three smart home hubs: TaHoma Premium, Connexoon, and TaHoma Serenity. These hubs are currently focused on customers in Europe, and their US availability is TBD.
The Connexoon hub is primarily focused on smart shading systems. It works with with terrace products (awning, pergolas), window products (shades, blinds), and access products (smart locks, garage door controllers). The problem with Connexoon is it needs multiple apps to control each kind of devices. You’ll need the Connexoon Terrace app for terrace devices, Connexoon Window for window devices, and Connexoon Access for access-control devices. Another thing is, it can only accommodate up to 10 devices.
The TaHoma Premium combines Somfy’s smart shading systems with home automation devices. It can connect with over 150 Somfy products and it works with Philips Hue and Honeywell. Also, it only needs one app to control everything.
The final and ultimate hub is TaHoma Serenity. It has all the features of TaHoma Premium plus a few of Somfy One. Aside from Somfy’s products, Serenity also connects with Myfox’s security products to let you control your shading system and security system under one app. TaHoma Serenity will be offered in two kits, one with an IntelliTAG sensor and remote fob included and another with an additional camera.
- Requires Professional Installation
- Requires Multiple Apps
- Support Up To 10 Devices
- Using io-homecontrol
The most basic of the three is Connexoon. Somfy calls it a simplistic solution. Unlike the original TaHoma Hub, Connexoon is “plug and play”. The irony of this is that professional installation is required. However, what makes it plug and play is that installing it and pairing it with other devices no longer requires an internet connection, although internet is required to control paired devices remotely.
Connexoon runs on power provided through the micro-USB port and connects to the Internet via an Ethernet cable. The hub is mono-protocol, meaning it only pairs with devices using one protocol. In this case, that’s io-homecontrol. What devices run this protocol? Somfy’s smart shading system and a few other smart shading providers. Although it might work with other brands, Somfy provides no guarantee.
The hub is designed for smaller smart home ecosystems as it can only accommodate ten devices from three environments: terrace, windows, and access. But guess what? You’ll need a different app for each environment.
The Connexoon Terrace app allows you remote control over your awnings or pergolas using your smartphone. It also offers smart features such as automatic closing/opening of awnings triggered by weather changes.
The Window environment app, Connexoon Windows, allows you to control your shades remotely with your smartphone. You can also check your shades’ status using the app’s “Check Window” feature or make your blinds simulate your presence by opening and closing from time to time.
The Access environment app, Connexoon Access app, includes control over devices that provide access, such as door locks and garage door controllers, most likely the devices they will release as part of their merger with Okidokeys. The app uses geofencing to automatically lock or unlock your doors as you arrive or leave the premises.
The Connexoon hub costs €169 (around $175) and is only available from professional installers in select countries.
- Requires One App
- Support Up To 200 Devices
- Supports io-homecontrol, RTS, EnOcean, and Z-Wave
Somfy’s second hub is the TaHoma Premium, an improved version of Somfy’s original TaHoma Hub. Compared to the old square version of the hub, TaHoma Premium boasts a slick curved design with a USB 2.0 port, an Ethernet port, and a micro-USB port for power.
Unlike Connexoon, TaHoma Premium can connect with over 200 devices and supports multiple protocols including io-homecontrol, RTS, EnOcean, and Z-Wave. This enhanced compatibility enables the hub to connect with a wider range of Somfy’s products as well as products from other popular home automation brands like Philips Hue and Honeywell.
Continuing its winning streak, the TaHoma Premium uses one app. The app is available to iOS and Android users and provides control over all connected devices as well as automated scene creation.
Somfy will start selling the hub on March 21 for €349 (around $365). It will be sold in stores and through professional installers.
- Includes All TaHoma Premium Features
- + Battery Backup
- + Three Additional USB Ports
- + Myfox Integration
Tahoma Serenity is Somfy’s ultimate hub, with all the features offered by TaHoma Premium and more. It has a similar curved design and ports: USB 2.0, Ethernet, and microUSB. It also uses the TaHoma app. What makes it different is a battery base that allows the hub to function for 8 hours if your home loses power. The base also adds three additional USB ports.
Another unique feature is its ability to pair with Myfox’s sensors and cameras. Using the TaHoma smartphone app, you can remotely control your security devices and receive notifications if an intrusion happens. You can also create scenes triggered by alerts. For example, you can make your lights turn on and blinds go down if an intrusion is detected.
The TaHoma Serenity hub will be offered for €799 (around $830) and will come with an entry sensor, motion sensor, and a remote key fob with an SOS button. There is also an €899 offer which comes with an additional security camera.
There’s a large pool of competitors out there: platforms that are time-tested, more open to integration, and less expensive (such as SmartThings). And let’s be real, Somfy’s offer is a bit of a mess. They offer different hubs and not all of them use the same app. Also, figuring out which products US customers can buy is tough. Not to mention that we were not fans of Okidokeys after our CES visit in 2015. Of all the smart lock solutions, we found theirs to be the most confusing and disconnected. If Somfy wanted to make friends, it probably could have surrounded itself with a stronger group. Currently, we’re calling Somfy products a pass for US customers.