Loxone Air – Retrofitting Project Part 2
In Loxone Air – Retrofitting Project Part 1 we took a look at Florian’s apartment. It was just one example of how retrofitting with our Loxone Air Technology is the perfect solution to upgrading any home into a smart home.
In part 2, we’ll look at multiroom audio and security. We also introduced you to a specific device that gives Florian even more convenience in his Loxone Smart Home.
Multiroom Audio with Loxone
The role of music in a smart home can be an important feature, especially for Loxonaut Florian who is a passionate music lover and attaches great importance to music in his life. His requirements were that he wanted music in the living room, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. The solution: The Loxone Music Server.
This multiroom audio solution from Loxone gives Florian the ability to play any music he wants to in each room – and automatically at that. His smart home ensures Florian is woken by a gentle melody. When entering the kitchen he is welcomed with his desired news channels and in the bathroom he can shower while enjoying his favourite music playlist. He can then control the music in each room via the Touch switch, like switching music sources, adjusting the volume and turning the music on and off. When leaving the room, doing the usual double-tap on the Touch switch turns everything off.
Storing and browsing through the home’s stored music and audio sources are all done via one device – the Loxone Music Server. Florian can save his digital music collection to the Loxone Music Server, plus he has access to even more music via the Internet – whether it’s Internet radio, or his own playlist or Spotify – Florian can choose to listen to exactly what he wants to.
How it was done:
The Miniserver Go is connected on the home network to the Loxone Music Server and the associated Loxone 12-channel amplifier. Florian can select to play music from a variety of sources and can keep track and control all the playback media stored on the Miniserver. There are several outlets for the music to be heard in every room. Firstly, the Loxone Speaker, a ceiling speaker, and secondly the Loxone Wall Speaker, which can be placed anywhere in the room easily.
In Florian’s apartment there are several Loxone Wall speakers in the living room, kitchen and bedrooms. The speakers in these rooms are wired back to the Loxone Amp and Loxone Music Server. In the bathroom however, Florian used a speaker connected wirelessly to the network on which the Loxone Music Server sits – music is then streamed from the music server using UPnP.
Security is an important aspect when it comes to feeling safe in your own home. A Loxone Smart Home protects you around the clock – 7 days a week – 365 days a year. The intelligent combination of already installed products allows for a full alarm system.
The Miniserver warns Florian for example at 22.00 via the push notification, if he has forgotten to close the windows or doors. In addition, the smart home detects any unauthorised presence or opening of the doors or windows during the night. Should it detect an intruder, Florian has set a ‘Rock My House’ function which starts flashing the lights and playing loud music to alert him and his neighbours, and in a bed to warn off the intruder. The alarm system can also alert him to the detection of hazards like fire or smoke.
How it was done:
The Miniserver constantly receives information of from each device and uses this to ensure your safety. In Florian’s apartment devices like the Motion Sensor Air and Door & Window Contact Air are integrated to be used as an alarm system. With the Motion Sensors Airs, the Miniserver will know whether someone authorised starts moving about in a room. The Door & Window Contact Air means Florian is less likely to forget to close a window. In addition, any unauthorised opening of a door or window during the night is detected immediately. After the Miniserver has detected a threat, there are several ways to draw attention to this. If it is a minor concern like forgetting to close the window, Florian is notified of this via push notification.
When an alarm sounds it is clear that something usually is taking place and action is needed and the smart home will try to deter the potential burglar. A combination of bright flashing lights and loud music draws attention to the intruder before the need of any direct confrontation.
Remote Air – Even more convenience
When asked what device Florian found most comfortable using in his smart home, his answer was clear – the Remote Air. The Remote Air offers five customizable touch points that can be used depending on the application. Florian uses the Remote Air mainly in the living room. Here it offers him the opportunity to, quickly and conveniently, use all the necessary applications. With this one device he can control the lights, music and the Smart Socket Air that his TV is plugged into. With the Remote Air it, he can scroll through the different lighting scenes so he always has the right light. Florian can also control the basic functions of music playback with the Remote Air – including switching his music on and off, changing the tracks and adjusting the volume.
Florian had not realised how automating some tasks and changing the way he does others would make such a big difference in the way he lives in his home. But it is exactly these things, like having your house adjust to your actions, which make life in a smart home more enjoyable.
Once you’ve experienced Autopilot Living, you wouldn’t want to live without it.
A Loxone Smart Home provides many benefits that you’d soon miss if you didn’t live in one. Living in a smart home is a whole new way of life.
We’d like to invite you to see a Loxone system in action. Contact us for a free consultation and demonstration.
The project was achieved with the following Loxone devices:
With these devices, along with those already listed in ‘Loxone Air – Retrofitting Project Part 1‘, Florian benefits from having a full alarm system whilst enjoying the daily convenience of an intelligent multiroom audio system.
This example highlights how a Loxone Smart Home can enrich your life, giving you exactly what you want, and perhaps even more.