New features include support for Touch ID and the ability to initiate sets of automated actions with a single tap
Customers of Rogers Smart Home Monitoring service can now update the mobile app to start enjoying a cleaner, simpler interface and some powerful new features. Let’s see what’s changed.
The app’s biggest change – the introduction of sets of automated actions that can be triggered with a single tap – works on both iOS and Android devices.
Dubbed “Scenes,” these sets of actions are useful on occasions where you find yourself issuing multiple instructions one after the other – like, say, going to bed. For example, you can create a scene that will turn off all the lights, lower the thermostat by a couple of degrees and arm the security system for the night. Then you can carry out all of these automations simultaneously with a single tap. Think of it as similar to creating a macro shortcut on your computer.
Creating a scene isn’t hard – it takes under a minute, with prompts guiding you through the entire process – but you can also choose from a selection of predefined scenes named Good Morning, Leaving, Returning Home and Good Night. These scenes will switch lights on and off and arm or disarm the security system as you’d expect according to the situation. And once you get used to these scenes you can begin gently customizing them, adding or removing device instructions to meet your specific needs.
Some of the other updates are currently limited to iOS devices. For instance, iPhone and iPad users can now use Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint security. Instead of punching in a passcode to sign in on iOS devices, users can simply press a finger to the fingerprint sensor. What’s more, Touch ID can also be used to arm and disarm the security system, eliminating the possibility of accidentally tapping in the wrong code.
What’s even more: users with iOS devices can now also make use of Apple’s 3D Touch technology, which detects how much pressure you place on the screen. By pressing just a bit harder on the Smart Home Monitoring icon, you’ll call up a new “Force Touch” shortcut menu that provides quicker access to some of the app’s most important and more commonly used features.
To learn more about Rogers Smart Home Monitoring and home automation plans – including other features of the app – visit rogers.com.
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