While home may be where the heart is, with our busy lives we often find ourselves away from home than in it. This makes management of our home through the magic of remote access essential to our modern way of living. Making that access and control convenient and seamless is what Gideon Smart Home integration app available on Google Play.
Imagine being able to control your thermostat setting from work so you don’t run the heater or a/c when no one is home. How about being able to tap into your security system’s camera after 4pm so you can make sure the kids got home safe?
You can buy so many gadgets to control technology in your home, but who wants to use different apps to control each piece? Gideon downloads to any of your Android devices and brings accessibility to all of your home technologies to you, in one simple and easy to use app.
There are over 50 different types of devices that Gideon currently connects and controls, including:
- Rheem water heaters
- Nest Thermostat, Protect, Smoke Alarms, and Cam
- Quirky and GE air conditioners
- Lutron lights and blinds
- Sonos Play 1, 3, and 5
- Netatmo Welcome, Thermostat, Module, and Weather Station
- And so many more…
Once you download the app, which is available for free, you simply look for the products you want to connect to and establish the link. It’s that simple.
What is really cool is the easy-on-the-eye black background. I found it extremely pleasing to use, both during day and night.
After creating all the connections you need, you can further simplify your control over the technologies by creating scheduled programs that collate and execute set commands. For instance, if you want the temp at 70 degrees, the kitchen window shades opened, and the island light ON all at 6:00am, you can create a “Wake Up” protocol and define these parameters for those functions. You can also state what days you want to run and for what duration.
It allows you to take full advantage of the automated technologies you have invested in.
If you have multiple properties, you can use Gideon to program in connectivity to each property. Each property will have its own lists of devices it connects to, its own preset programs, etc.
Gideon also allows for connectivity amongst some of the devices. Let’s say the furnace is not working and the kids will be getting home in about one hour. Gideon allows you to have failsafes in place to make sure the house is warm before the kids arrive. You can program in code to say if the furnace is not working, turn on the gas fireplace. Gideon will alert you to the problem when it happens and will also let you know that your backup has been engaged.