At the CeBIT show there were first impressions to a Smart Home system released which will be available soon for WD NAS series “My Cloud”. As of now the My Cloud Smart Home is available in the app store.
Thanks to a small Z-Wave USB dongle the WD NAS My Cloud turns into a fully functional Z-Wave smart home control center. So, you can connect Z-Wave sensors such as room thermostats, motion detectors, door and window contacts, brightness sensors as well as actuators such as switchable sockets, shutter controls, heating thermostats and many more to the My Cloud smart home center.
That allows the user to receive information about his home via web browser or mobile device such as smartphone or tablet pc. Actuators can be switched also from afar. The user can be informed automatically by email or push notification about events such as unauthorized movements, open windows or doors, detected smoke or flood and many more.
The NAS (Network Attached Storage) will become a fully functional smart home gateway with only 3 simple steps:
- Plug in the Z-Wave dongle into an available USB port of your WD NAS.
- Download the Z-Way App from your WD My Cloud’s App Store
- Connect Z-Wave devices with the WD My Cloud Smart Home center
Besides controlling via app it is possible to create various automations. For this the user will find some plugins with ready to use scenes in the “Apps” menu. The can be found also plugins for the integration of network based devices such as Sonos speaker or internet services (e.g. weather information). With the plugin “Logic Rules” the user has still the ability to create own scenes or automations according to the IF-THEN principle.
The Z-Way software will be executed only on the NAS locally. There won’t be any functions or data transferred to an online cloud service. Due to the WD NAS’s extended storage capacity it is possible to save log data and event lists of a longer period and display later graphically. Also the recording of connected camera’s video streams is possible. Furthermore these cameras can be connected to Z-Wave door and window contacts, motion detectors, other sensors and different actuator as well.
As of now the Z-Wave USB stick can be pre-ordered at some dealers and will be delivered starting August.