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New integration: io-homecontrol® and RTS

We have not been idle in recent months. Today we are launching the first new product of the many that will follow. From now on you can control wireless screens, shutters, curtains… via your OpenMotics app thanks to our RTS and io-homecontrol® integration.

What is io-homecontrol®?

io-homecontrol® is a universal way of wireless technology used by manufacturers such as Renson, Somfy and Velux. This technology ensures that you can control various products (blinds, shutters, garage doors, …) via your smartphone.

io-homecontrol® has a bidirectional way of communicating. This means that you can see the current status of your techniques. In concrete terms, the transmitter (your Gateway) sends information to the receiver (your blinds or shutters). The receiver performs the requested action and sends the signal back to the transmitter so that it can display the status (up/down) of your technique on your smartphone.

What is RTS?

RTS or Radio Technology Somfy is a protocol for wireless communication from Somfy. This protocol also ensures that you can control your blinds, shutters, curtains… via your smartphone – and therefore wirelessly.

However, RTS only creates “one way communication”. This means that at RTS you can only see the requested and not the current status of your technology. This is certainly not a big problem, but can sometimes cause unexpected situations. Suppose you are at work and it is 26°C. You lower the blinds to ensure that your home stays cool. In the evening you come home and you notice that the screens are still open. Because RTS communication is a one-way street, the status of the RTS blinds is not shown in the OpenMotics app.

What is this new integration exactly?

Until now you could only add wired blinds, shutters, … to your system with OpenMotics. Thanks to our RTS and io-homecontrol® integration, you can now also control wireless techniques via your OpenMotics app.

“We have had an OpenMotics system and Velux windows with wireless sun protection for years. When we heard that this integration was going to be launched, we immediately applied! Finally, we can now also control our roller shutters and Velux from the OpenMotics app.” – Kevin B. (Antwerp)

Moreover, this integration was developed in such a way that we can link the existing wireless technologies in your home to your OpenMotics system without having to make major changes to your current installation. This way we give you the opportunity to expand your system in the future.

What does this OpenMotics integration cost?

It is our mission to make automation as relevant and self-evident as running water or electricity. This is only possible by offering a fair price.

To make the integration possible, we need to set up a software link and an io-Gateway must be provided in your home. Request your quote today via

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Looking for a total solution to automate all the technologies within your project? 

At OpenMotics we can link up the various different technologies that are available in your project to offer automation and optimisation. We do so by creating one central platform for the monitoring and management of all technologies within your project. Furthermore, because of the open and flexible nature of OpenMotics, you can also add and integrate new and/or other technologies at a later moment in the construction phase. On a private and collective level.

Looking for ways to make your project more appealing?

On the private level we can provide the necessary management per residential unit (home automation – Smart Living). This offers your residents a comfortable and energy-efficient life. Thanks to the modular nature of OpenMotics you can also give residents the option to extend their home automation according to their needs and wishes. This obviously increases the value and appeal of your project.

On the collective level we can ensure the necessary comfort and sustainability depending on the project. We will support you where necessary, and use our expertise and our platform to help you find the most efficient solution for your project.

Need a sustainable but affordable solution for your project?

We want to keep things affordable for everyone and for every project. Home automation is no longer a luxury item. OpenMotics’ mission is to make smart technology in buildings affordable for everyone, including you and your buyers. We make this possible by offering affordable hardware, low installation costs and flawless delivery.