What is geofencing?
Let's begin by explaining what a geofence is. A geofence is an invisible boundary, a virtual perimeter for a real-world geographic area. For example, with geofencing you can create "triggers" so that when a device enters or leaves the pre-defined boundaries, a device turns on. This way a nicely lit house awaits you when you come back from work.
Here's typical scenario:
When all family members and their phones have traveled out of the designated geofence area (your home), the geofence can set the alarm, adjust the thermostat, turn off all the lights and unnecessary appliances, even lower the blinds. When any family member returns, the reverse can happen: lights on, heat or AC back to the comfort setting, outside lamps on. So that your family members can come and go at will, the smart home will take care of the rest with geofencing.
Geofencing for Apple HomeKit & Loxone/KNX users
What you need:
A device must be set up as a Home hub. This device must remain in your home, connected to your WiFi and power (Guide: Set up your HomePod, Apple TV, or iPad as a home hub.)
Please make sure that the following settings are turned on for the primary iOS device which controls your smart home:
Share my Location: Go to Settings > Privacy > Share My Location. Make sure the option is enabled and that “this device” is selected
Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services. Please check that on your iOS device the Home App has permissions to use your Location
Please check that under Privacy > Location Services > System Services > Homekit is turned on
How to create Geofencing automations with the Home App:
Select “Automation” in the Home App and click the plus sign (+) to add a new automation
Choose when do you want the automation to occur: When people arrive, when people leave. You can also specify an alternative Location or another time.
In the next step you will be able to select which scenes and which accessories to automate. Tap next.
You can also adjust an accessory by pressing and holding on it.
Tap Done to create the automation. Here you can also test it and specify when to turn it off.
Congratulations, you have just created a geofencing automation! 🎉
Here's a video guide on how to create Apple geofencing automation in a KNX or Loxone smart home:
Geofencing for Amazon Alexa & Loxone/KNX users
What you need:
How to create Geofencing automations with the Amazon Alexa app:
Add a new routine, hit the + button in the top-right corner.
When you select "when this happens" you’ll see five options, pick Location and follow the onboarding.
Then select a trigger of your choice by tapping the “Add action” button.
Thanks to an update from Amazon, Alexa devices can perform time- and location-based reminders as well. If you set up a reminder based on location (e.g. "Alexa, remind me to take out the trash when I get home”), Alexa will provide it to you on cue. If you're not near an Alexa device, you'll get a push notification through the Alexa app.
Geofencing for Google Home & Loxone/KNX users
Google hasn't introduced geofencing yet, however in November 2020 they've presented the Home & Away routines which trigger devices based on presence sensing.
Read more about Home & Away automations HERE.
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