Ikea is launching a new smart home hub and smart home app. Both should not only simplify the use of Ikea’s smart home system, but are also ready for the new smart home standard between manufacturers Matter. The Dirigera smart home hub and new app will launch in October.
New Dirigera hub and new smart home app
The Dirigera smart home hub is the successor to the Ikea Tradfri gateway and, coupled with new software, is said to be able to support more product groups and integrate more products than its predecessor. It’s also compatible with Ikea’s new smart home app, which will launch at the same time. It is not yet known if the new app can also be used with the Tradfri gateway or is intended exclusively for the Dirigera, but Ikea mentions that Tradfri and the current app can still be used after the launch of the new products. It remains to be seen to what extent Ikea’s new smart home products will continue to support Tradfri. However, the Tradfri catwalk will soon disappear from Ikea’s shelves, in the online shop is already marked “Only available for a short time”.. Ikea smart products that have already been purchased can also be connected to the new Dirigera hub, for example if you want to use the hub’s Matter mount.
Easier integration and new features
One of the goals of the new hub and app was to make the process of integrating Ikea’s new smart products into the smart home network easier to use, according to Rebecca Töreman, business leader at Ikea Sweden. In addition, more customization options have been added, such as creating different scenes with preset functions of smart products for different activities and moments in the home. Ikea smart home products can be controlled individually, in pairs or in groups on the app. The smart home must become more accessible and part of everyday life. By summer 2023, Ikea would also like to add the option to control the smart home to the app on the go.
The matter could end in time
If the Matter smart home standard can meet the current schedule and is released as planned in the fall, Dirigera could immediately support it at the start of sales. In this way, products from other manufacturers that are also compatible with Matter can be integrated into the smart home system and shared scenes and rules can be created.
Smart Home at Ikea is expanding
At the same time, Ikea again announced that it intends to further expand the smart home sector. The current range of smart products, which includes the areas of sound, light, air purifiers and blinds, will be expanded in the future.
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