6 Tips for your Smart Garden

Summer season is here. So now it‘s time to make your garden smart. With this blogpost we would like to give you some input on what and how things in your garden can be done smarter.

1. The weather forecast 

Depending on the weather you decide whether you spend your barbecue indoor or outdoor, leave your laundry on the clothes line and your skylights open.

Nowadays we can easily check the weather forecast on our smartphones, but what if you put your smartphone away in order to enjoy time with your family and friends? To make sure you do not miss a change of weather, a thunderstorm or a downpour lets be notified via intelligent lighting. Let your Smart Home Hub, e.g. from Aeotec or Homey, trigger some LED bulbs to inform you of upcoming rain. A tutorial for this scenario can be found on www.zwave.eu.

2. POPP Z-Weather - the intelligent weather station

POPP Z-Weather - the smart weather station

POPPs solar powered energy-self-sufficient weather station is monitoring and providing measuring data as follows:

  • Wind speed
  • Air temperature
  • Relative humidity
  • Light intensity
  • Air pressure
  • Dew point

In combination with your smart home hub and flush-mounted radio moduls you can use the wind- and weather sensor to control your sunblinds and shutters. The integrated light intensity sensor additionally allows to switch on and off your outdoor lights automatically. In dry periods you can use the weather station to switch on your lawn sprinkler. 

3. Watering

Starting your lawn sprinkler automatically via time control is smart, but what if you can add the daily rainfall amount to this scenario?
Once the POPP Z-Rain is placed in your garden it will send you push messages when rain is detected. It is also able to measures the exact precipitation amount.

POPP Z-Rain3- the smart watering system 

Save water and switch off you sprinkler when rain is detected or stop starting it on days where a lot of rain is awaited or already fallen.

4. Smart Outdoor Plugs

In combination with your Smart Home Hub the POPP IP 44 Smart Outdoor Plug can automatically switch on and off your lights or other outdoor devices time controlled. Next to that you can control the smart plugs via a remote control, smartphone/tablet or voice control. Forgotten outdoor lights can be switched off easily from indoors.

5. Smart speakers for more entertainment

The small digital radio is in the bathroom, the hi-fi system in the living room, and in the garden? That’s where Smart Bluetooth speakers provide entertainment. 

JBL Link 10 - smart bluetooth speaker

Lazing in the sun and listening to your favorite audio book? Sounds good, right? With a simple voice command (“Ok, Google”), your smart box plays music, podcasts or your favorite radio stations.

6. Making everything work: Smart Home Gateways 

To manage the mentioned scenarios and even a lot of other scenes and automations we recommend the Aeotec Smart Home Hub to you. The Hub comes up with Z-Wave, Zigbee and Wifi and allows you to use a wide portfolio of e.g. lighting products and sensors.

Aeotec Smart Home Hub

For those who cannot decide between Z-Wave, Zigbee and Wi-Fi devices, we recommend the small and slim Aeotec Smart Home Hub, which fits perfectly into your home. The small all-rounder acts as the intelligent brain of your modern Smart Home and allows you to connect wirelessly devices such as lights and sensors.

Aeotec Z-Stick Gen5

For those, who have decided to go with Z-Wave we can recommend the Aeotec GEN5 Z-Stick or the latest model Aeotec GEN5+ Stick with SmartStart. The Aeotec sticks can be easily connected to your PC, Notebook, Barebone, Raspberry Pi etc. and turn them into your smart home gateway.

We hope you enjoy the outdoor season 2022. Have a great summer!

Feel free to contact us in case of any further questions. We are happy to help you.

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