Smart-building technology firms Somfy and Igor have struck a partnership to make it easier for architects, designers and building owners to connect and control natural and manufactured lighting.
Igor’s Nexos IoT platform enables a variety of devices, such as Somfy smart shading, HVAC controls, low voltage lighting, occupancy sensors and more to talk to one another for optimal automation, cost savings and data analytics.
“Somfy is proud to integrate with Igor to create smart, comfortable and energy-efficient buildings,” said Russell Horowitz, national specification manager. “Smart shading is a key component to creating innovative spaces that promote wellness and sustainability through natural lighting.”
Dwight Stewart, founder and CTO of Igor, added, “The way we think about physical spaces and our experiences within them is changing. Smart building leaders are accelerating their collaboration to rapidly evolve technology so we can allow owners and designers the flexibility they need to bring humans back together safely and comfortably. Our partnership with Somfy is a perfect example of that collaboration, and we look forward to bringing many new solutions to the marketplace in the coming months and years.”
Igor’s Nexos platform incorporates hardware, software and cloud analytics to create smart, holistic building control. Connecting lighting, smart shading and HVAC allows for more energy-efficient buildings that adjust to the people inside, the partners said.
Automated shading allows buildings to rely on natural light, cutting back on cooling and lighting costs. For instance, shades on a particularly sunny part of a building can be scheduled to lower during the hottest part of the day, triggering lighting to brighten and decreasing the pressure put on HVAC systems.
“Somfy and Igor are working closely together to create better experiences for our customers,” said Brittany Mier y Terán, partnerships and custom integration channel manager. “We’re excited to further enhance the natural and artificial lighting experience in buildings.”
Igor’s flagship product, Nexos, is a PoE-based IoT smart building platform that incorporates hardware, software and cloud analytics to enable smart and secure buildings. Combined with an open API and real-time data, Nexos integrates advanced lighting controls with building systems, low-voltage devices and business applications.