As reported by German tech site iFun.de, European smart home company Somfy is in the final stages of updating their Tahoma gateway for HomeKit integration, which is said to drop on December 1st. The company made a statement that this update was due to be released, but until now, no firm date was proffered.
The gateway is used to control the company’s shutter and blinds, and as a result, these too will be exposed to HomeKit, adding to the currently meagre offerings for the Apple platform.
These devices add to a small set of already HomeKit compatible devices, which are the recently updated Somfy outdoor camera and the rather older Somfy Indoor Camera.
Whilst the Tahoma Gateway can work with the company’s blinds, it’s also capable of controlling other areas of your home, including smart lights, gates and garage doors, so even though the initial cost of the gateway is a bit on the expensive side, the potential for further control, all from a dedicated hub for more specialist products, like the company’s tilting sunscreens, for example, offers unique possibilities.
Tahoma is already compatible with Google Home, Amazon Alexa, and IFTTT, in addition to integrations with Sonos, Philips Hue, and Velux.