Turn your home into a smart home. What it means, the advantages it offers and how it works with Viessmann heating systems and control technology.
With the rise of digitisation, one concept is mentioned again and again: The Smart Home. There is, however, no universal definition of what this means.
For most homeowners, a smart home is an intelligent house in which objects communicate with each other and can be controlled using Internet-enabled devices such as smartphones, tablets and language assistants. Put simply, a smart home works on the principle of input, processing and output.
The best way to explain how a Smart Home works in practice is to use the Viessmann ViCare app as an example.
Input: The app is opened using a smartphone or a tablet. The user interface loads and displays numerous functions, including the setting of the desired temperature. The app user issues a command by tapping on the relevant control panel.
Processing: Every smart home has a so-called Smart Home control center - in the case of the ViCare App it is also called an Internet interface. The command previously issued via WLAN (the desired temperature to be reached) is received and processed by this control center. In addition to WLAN, there are other transmission standards such as Bluetooth, Z-Wave and KNX for the use of smart home devices, the latter being wired.
Output: After processing, the command is executed using an output device. In this example, this is the heating system that transports as much heating water to the radiators as necessary to reach the desired temperature. Depending on the output device used, the app user may be informed about the progress and the result of the command.
The Vitoconnect 100 is a WiFi interface to establishes the connection allowing you to remotely operate your heating system by app, as well as supporting remote maintenance via Vitoguide.
With the new ViCare app, operating your heating system has become even easier and more intuitive. You can adjust heating times to suit your individual requirements using the integral wizard and see cost savings displayed instantly.
With the Vitotrol app and a smartphone, controlling Viessmann heating systems couldn't be easier. Intuitive and convenient operation via the internet is possible from anywhere and at any time. The Vitotrol app is available for mobile terminal devices with iOS or Android operating systems.
Viessmann is now offering its trade partners an innovative solution for monitoring heating systems with Vitoguide software. The system user benefits from greater reassurance, whilst the trade partner keeps a constant watch over the heating systems for which they are responsible online.
In addition to the example given above, there are many other practical applications for smart home devices such as lamps, music systems and entrance doors. Other examples include robotic vacuum cleaners, smart washing machines, security cameras and coffee machines. Homeowners can choose smart technology for many different reasons, but among the most important are energy savings, increased comfort and safety.
There are many ways to save energy in the home, and one of them is the use of smart and efficient heating technology. The savings potential in this area is huge, as heat generation represents a significant part of household energy demand.
Smart heating systems from Viessmann are not only characterised by their high efficiency and durability - they are also designed for use in a smart home. In just a few steps, many gas heating systems can be connected to the Internet and converted into a digital heating system. This simply requires the installation of an Internet interface (Vitoconnect or Vitocom 100) and an app for heating control (ViCare or Vitotrol).
Using a smartphone or a tablet, system owners can intuitively operate their heating system and adjust the heating output to their heating needs. Numerous modes such as the assistance function with different switching times for each day or the on-the-go mode help to reduce energy costs in the long term.
Saving energy is of course also possible with an intelligent lighting system. This ensures, for example, that the light is only on when the residents are present. If the occupants are away, the light is switched off automatically.
In addition to cost savings, the Smart Home also increases ease of use. After all, many manual operations are no longer required. For example, homeowners no longer have to turn the thermostat to reach the desired temperature. If you want the rooms to stay warm longer than planned, a single command on the smartphone is all it takes.
For those who travel a lot and but would like to return to the comfort of a warm home, remote control via smartphone is the ideal solution, allowing you to control your system from any place at any time. Alternatively, the heating technology can be combined with other smart home systems that support a geofencing function.
Based on the GPS data of the connected smartphones, the system recognizes the current location of the residents. As they approach their Smart Home, the rooms are automatically heated to the desired temperature.