Somfy Motors Integral to Broadening Outdoor Tech Opportunities

Somfy motors enable integration with smart pergolas, motorized awnings, and motorized outdoor privacy/bug/projection screens.


Somfy motors are the one key component that enables integrators to broaden their outdoor technology offerings into smart pergolas, motorized awnings, and motorized screens used for privacy, protection from bugs and even for outdoor cinema projection.

For each of those unique outdoor opportunities, Somfy motors are the centerpiece device, explains Brittany Mier y Terán, Partnership and CI Channel Manager at Somfy.

Somfy has developed certified and validated drivers for major control platforms like Control4CrestronSavantURC, and Elan. Also, the company’s API enables Somfy motors to be the key to integrating unique solutions like smart pergolas from Struxure, exterior motorized insect, shade, privacy and projection screens from Phantom Screens, and motorized awnings incorporating fabrics from Sunbrella.

Motorized window treatments and awnings also play a vital role in the intersection between technology and design. Often, the fabrics specified for the shades are done by the interior designer. That means automated shades can be a catalyst for integrators and designers working closely together on a project.

“With a Somfy motor, you just know it is going to work well with the control system. That breeds a symbiotic relationship between designers and integrators,” says Mier y Terán. “And then that gives the designers freedom to work with other trades and not feel like they’re being restricted by the integrator.”

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Jason Knott
Jason Knott:

Jason Knott is Chief Content Officer for Emerald's Connected Brands. Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990, serving as editor and publisher of Security Sales & Integration. He joined CE Pro in 2000 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of that brand. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He has been a member of the CEDIA Business Working Group since 2010. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California.