Somfy Highlights Commitment to Z-Wave Technology

Monday, November 21, 2011


Joanne Fischetti
R&J Public Relations

INDIANAPOLIS, I.N. (September 8, 2011)Somfy Systems, Inc. is a proud supporter of the Z-Wave® protocol – an interoperable, 2-way RF mesh networking technology. As the world’s largest manufacturer of radio-controlled motors for interior and exterior window coverings, Somfy has enthusiastically adopted Z-Wave and its robust wireless solutions to offer the convenience of home automation without the hassle of wires.

At CEDIA, Somfy highlights that commitment with a lineup of its latest Z-Wave enabled interface devices: the Z-Wave to Radio Technology Somfy® Interface, or ZRTSI, the Z-Wave Digital Motor Interface, or ZDMI, and the new Glydea Z-Wave card.

At the center of Somfy’s Z-Wave ecosystem is TaHomA™, their new Total Home Automation solution. TaHomA provides a simple, intuitive interface to maximize energy efficiency by setting up automatic control of the “Energy Triangle” –motorized window coverings, lights and thermostats. Using Z-Wave, the TaHomA controller serves as a bridge between these devices and the user, creating effortless total control over energy management.

Somfy’s Z-Wave® to RTS Interface (ZRTSI) converts Z-Wave® transmissions to control commands for Somfy’s full range of interior and exterior RTS motors. The ZRTSI has 16 virtual Z-Wave® nodes and is capable of controlling up to 16 individual or groups of RTS motorized products including shades, blinds, rolling shutters, awnings, and projection screens. It is easily installed since it conveniently plugs into any standard outlet. The ZRTSI was honored as the benchmark 500th certified Z-Wave device by the Z-Wave Alliance.

The Z-Wave Digital Motor Interface (ZDMI) translates commands for Somfy’s line of digital motors. A simple plug-in device, the ZDMI requires no external power and takes just a minute to install. The ZDMI uses the benefits of 2-way communication for real-time status reports into TaHomA for motorized blinds and shades. Using the TaHomA GUI, users can click and drag the device’s icon to their exact specifications – from totally open to fully closed and anywhere in between.

Glydea motors with the Z-Wave interface feature integrated Z-Wave communication, eliminating the need for wiring additional controls thus adding to Somfy’s family of Z-wave products.

Somfy’s three Z-Wave bridge devices – the ZRTSI, the ZDMI, and the Glydea Z-Wave card – provide integrators with a complete offering for enabling Z-Wave wireless control of a wide range of motorized window coverings including roller/solar, pleated/cellular, 2-inch horizontal blinds, sheer horizontals and roman/woven shades, awnings, rolling shutters, and projection screens.

About Somfy Systems, Inc.

Somfy, the world leader in manufacturing of specialized motors and electronic controls for residential and commercial interior and exterior window covering markets, has North American headquarters located in Dayton, N.J. For more than three decades, engineers at Somfy have been designing products to motorize interior and exterior window coverings such as interior shades, wood blinds, draperies, awnings, rolling shutters, exterior solar screens, projection screens and more. Somfy motorization systems are easily integrated with security, HVAC, and lighting systems, providing total home or building automation. For more information, visit