Highlights of What’s New in the Sensorflare platform!

It’s been an exciting couple of weeks here at Sensorflare! Why?

We’re happy to announce that two new devices are now compatible with the Sensorflare. Here are some brief insights on them:


Check on your plants anytime, anywhere.


PlantLink makes you a smarter gardener by telling you when your plants need water. This smart device makes watering simple and efficient. By combining moisture sensors, PlantLink lets you know when your plants need water. Simply place Links in soil indoors or outdoors, and the system will calibrate to the plant’s watering needs using a catalog of over 50,000 plants. Never worry about over or under-watering again.


Build your connected product.

Particle is for you who love DIY projects! Particle offers a suite of hardware and software tools to help you prototype, scale, and manage your Internet of Things products. If yparticle-docsou are a DIY kind of person you could use the Particle hardware development kits like the Spark Core (Wi-Fi), the Photon (Wi-Fi) and the Electron ( 2G/ 3G cellular) in order to build your first prototype in minutes.

Ready for more news? We have two new DIY projects for you!

Now with Sensorflare and a Spark Core you can:

If you want to learn how you can do these, read our posts on Instructables and start making your home smarter!

Any home can be a smart home with Sensorflare!

Get the Sensorflare app now!

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2 New Compatible Devices + DIY smart home projects = Our Summer News

We’re excited to announce that two new devices are now compatible with the Sensorflare platform.

Each of these devices is now available to all users of Sensorflare under Devices & Services. Here are some brief insights on them:


Be in complete control of your body from anywhere!


Withings offer smart products and apps to take care of yourself and your loved ones in a new and easy way. Discover among them the Withings Pulse, Wi-Fi Body Scale, and Blood Pressure Monitor. Withings are designed for you who wants to lose a few pounds, exercise more, keep an eye on your blood pressure, or sleep better! These smart connected devices will help you easily take care of your health and well-being.


Make sure you return to a warm home!


The Netatmo Weather Station contains a unique set of sensors to monitor your living environment’s temperature, barometric pressure, humidity, carbon dioxide concentration, noise pollution, and more. It helps people to understand the environment they live in by creating connected objects that measure what they can’t see.


Are you ready for more news?  Do you love DIY projects?

If you do… keep up reading this post!

If not, maybe it time to change your mind on that!

Now with Sensorflare and a Raspberry Pi you can create a smart home controller for your RF devices! You will be able to control your RF devices remotely and control them from with a single click from your web browser or mobile phone. If you want to learn how you can do this, read this post on Instructables and start making your home smarter!

Do you want more DIY projects?  Well… we do not have something for you right now but if you have a Spark Core  lying around stay tuned for the good news 🙂

So what are you waiting for? Have you Withings or Netatmo? Are you a DIY kind of person?

Get the Sensorflare app now!


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Introducing our New Sensorflare!

Welcome to our new look website!


We’ve introduced a new look Sensorflare website giving you a whole new Sensorflare world to explore.

The new look of our site is live and focuses on the most important thing Sensorflare does – to give you full control over your smart devices!

What is new?

We’ve changed the design of our site and made it easier to get around.

We’ve introduced a great new look that we feel reflects the easy to understand nature of our range of services.

A lot of the things you use most are still here, you will just find they look a whole lot fresher!

We’ve worked hard to ensure that our new website is accessible and creates a more user-friendly online experience for everyone.

Tips and tricks about the new Sensorflare!

Our new interface is designed to help you get more out Sensorflare. Amongst other you can now:

★ Select your favourite devices to view them just after you log in

      ★ Tag your devices with a single click
      ★ Control your Philips Hue lamps easily even if your are not home
    ★ Create actions with all your smart devices in 3 simple steps


More good news?

Our iOS App is coming soon to the App Store! It’s already working in our development environment and it’s looking beautiful! Keep an eye out for iOS release dates.

We will continue to develop, evaluate and improve the usability of our site to ensure our users’ needs are being met. We’d love to hear your thoughts on the new look site, so please let us know – we’ll be in the thread below to discuss them with you.

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Sensorflare is participating in Business IT Excellence contest

Business IT Excellence Contest

The Business IT Excellence contest is searching for the best Internet of Things solution for the businesses! In this contest entrepreneurs, developers and users come together to find the most efficient ones. The companies – developer of those solutions will be qualified after a public voting, through social media and via email voting. The voting process will last from 11.05.2015 till 22.06.2015.

The winner will be selected by a jury from the 15 solutions with the most votes. The winner with his solution will become heroes of an advertising campaign worth 30,000€ and also the winning company will become partner of OTE / COSMOTE.

We’re excited to announce that Sensorflare is participating in contest! We invite you to support and vote for Sensorflare!

Vote now

Why? Because via Sensorflare you can:

  • Use intelligent lighting, motion sensors, smart thermostats and iBeacons technologies to control your work-life environment.
  • Reduce energy consumption, improve lighting conditions and optimize ambient conditions.

Watch out how Sensorflare can improve your business environment by combining different smarthome technologies!

sources: Business IoT Excellence

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Give life to your home lighting

It is known that X10 is the “Grandfather” of home automation but being the first one always creates compatibility issues in an fast changing world. X10 has a large base of different gadgets to control nearly anything. Today there are so many X10 users that would love to see their smart homes updated but are afraid to touch their working systems. They would love to control and manage their X10 smart devices with the newer smart home gadgets and smartphones.

If you are one of many that jumped into home automation game early with X10 devices and love open source projects and tools you probably know and use Mochad (if not maybe its the time to do so!). Mochad is an application that allows you to control your X10 smart devices over the Web.

So you have your home server setup and use Mochad for the past years with no problems to switch lights, plugs and devices on and off from a linux terminal.

But what about real automation? How do you set the garden lights off on daybreak? Linux has some great tools but you either have to code them or find something similar created by someone else and adapt it. And what about controlling everything from your smartphone?

There is no reason to start from scratch! Sensorflare comes to save the day with its new “mochad-python” daemon that runs in the background and brings your old X10 devices back to life. Even if you are afraid of touching your Mochad server you do not need to. Just install “mochad-python” to the same machine and leave Sensorflare do the rest.


What you have?

You probably already have a server running with Mochad and a CM15A or CM19 attached to it via usb.

What you need to do?

  • Just grab a copy of the script via github and add it to your server.
  • Log in to Sensorflare and visit the resources page. Click the “+ Add” button and set a password to secure the communication with Sensorflare.
  • Copy the “properties.py.template” file to properties.py and change its contents to match the ones that you setup in the previous step.
  • Finall run “python mochad_python.py” and visit the Remote Mochad Terminal and enjoy your new home!

What is more?

Save all your devices using the “+” button, add them to Dashboards, schedule their operation or add Intelligence based on your location and combine them with other devices like Smartthings or Insteon.

Interested in understanding how this works? Check out the following image and see what actually happens every time you click “On” on your Smartphone to turn your “X10 Supersocket” on and give power to your awesome smart-fan!

Click on the picture to enlarge.

How to control your X10 SuperSocket using Sensorflare

More detailed instructions are available here. Learn how to install mochad from scratch? Interested in adding this to a Raspberry Pi? Use it on Windows? Stay tuned for more updates…

If you have any questions about how to connect your X10 Mochad to Sensorflare, just leave us a note in the comments section, or contact our team.

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How to control and automate your X10 lights with Sensorflare

We live in a smart and connected world! With more than a thousand compatible devices the possibilities are nearly endless. From lights and locks to thermostats and motion sensors, smart appliances and home security apps the connected home represents a network connecting objects, platforms, and systems with the name the “Internet of Things”, all able to coexist together and offer new opportunities in the field of smart home.

Ready to start building out your smart home? There is a wide misconception that smart homes need special wiring. You can certainly avoid it. In fact, you can install Internet-connected devices step by step, rather than all at once with almost no installation effort. And when it comes to turning on smart lighting, from switches to plugs and bulbs, there are many ways to leave the middle ages and step into an era of intelligent solutions. Imagine locking the doors, turning off the lights, activating the alarm system, and changing the thermostat for bedtime all with one touch.

This connected home – the intelligent home – is an amazing concept. Sensorflare is designed to make you aware of what’s happening with your home and your family, with minimal effort from you.

A smart home is more than just lights and heating. It is all about people. There is a need for a smart home that can adapt itself in order to make the people’s life comfortable. A truly smart home will know who you are, where you are and what you want, all without telling it anything- it can actually think for us.

Whether you are already using Sensorflare or thinking about jumping in, one of the easiest ways you can get started is by controlling and managing your lights!

Do you have a X10 light bulb? Here is how you can have an Intelligent Home by combining it with your Sensorflare account:

  • Control – your light bulb can be controlled remotely via the Sensorflare Android app (iOS coming soon) on smartphone and tablet. Remote control is useful while away but also when you are inside the house meaning you can close the lights while on the bus or check out their status from anywhere with a tap of a button, like this.


  • Smart Combinations – Do you really need to switch on and off the lights each and every time you approach home or you go away? Why not just explain to your house what to do? Sensorflare can do this for you. You can set up your lights to automatically turn off when you leave the house. You can also set them to automatically turn on when you approach. Your are just one step away from having an Intelligent Home!


Go ahead – take that first step toward building an intelligent home and see how it changes your life. See what problems it can solve for you. It really is as easy as screwing in a light bulb. So get out of the dark ages, and start controlling your home from anywhere.

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A Future with the Sensorflare

According of what happened at CES 2015 the smart home – along with the Internet of Things – was for the first time the biggest theme. The reality is that the rapid advances in electronics integration, miniaturisation and processing power have brought about a marked increase in computing and electronic devices that now surround us in our daily lives. The ever-increasing number of devices also inevitably brings new kinds of functionality, user interfaces, functions and increased complexity, which is something we have to cope with. For some of us this increase in smart home devices raises certain issues: how will these devices work together or how will work properly with the old ones, how can they all be interconnected to enable more intuitive control of the future home and what possibilities would such a home offer its occupants.


Photo Credit Amir Zmora (Flickr)

The truth is that the smart home is a concept that promises improved ways to control functions in the home, flexible networks that can connect to any device, adaptive control facilities and peace of mind for its users. Right? This is the goal, but how can it be achieved using the present technology along with our old smart devices? What do we do with our old smart gadgets? I have an answer for you!

Keep your old smart devices – regardless the vendor or communication protocol –  in the game adding new features and capabilities with the help of Sensorflare!

Sensorflare as a promised player in the battle of the smart home platforms is what you need in order to control and manage your smart home devices easily adding new kinds of features in your existing devices and systems! It is a cloud app that allows users to control all their smart devices via a single point. Sensorflare is the place you can go and add all your new and old smart devices, set up notifications to know when important things happen, trigger actions to take place automatically, and discover new ways to live smart.

I will give you an example using one smart home category. Let’s say that we live in a smart home with X10 devices. Ok? I think of X10 as the father of home automation. Certainly not a dead technology! There are so many X10 users that love to see their homes go to the next level. Some of them are already use the Mochad – a Linux TCP gateway for the X10 –  in order to control and manage them. Sounds hard, no? Sensorflare goes a step ahead extending Mochad adding support for cloud control of X10 devices. The result? New features and capabilities for your smart devices.

Using Sensorflare you can profit from command autocomplete/history using the online mochad terminal. Via the history of Sensorflare you can communicate with your home and tell it what you want it to do for you automatically without the need of create a new command. Also you can have the status reporting and historical information for X10 devices. Sensorflare give us a lot of interesting ways to control, manage and secure our homes. Instead of replacing your old smart home devices with a newer I will suggest you to give a try with Sensorflare.

Do you use any smart home devices? Share your thoughts below!

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Sensorflare wins twice at the 4th Annual IoT Awards!

We are proud to announce that we have been awarded twice at the 4th Annual Internet of Things Awards hosted by Postscapes.com!

These awards honor the year’s best products, organizations and ideas shaping the Internet of Things and their spirit is to showcase best IoT people, products and companies. The awards honor 22 diverse categories of products that create more connected lives for people through the Internet. Categories include Best Connected Home Product, Best IoT Open Source Project, Best Technical Enablers: Platform and Tools and Best DIY Project to name a few. For each category, there was an Editor’s Choice, People’s Choice and People’s Choice Runner-up. More than 75,000 votes were submitted by the public. There are 3 winners per category!

The 18-day voting period ended Jan 22! The winners announced…

Sensorflare got People’s Choice Runner-up Awards for two categories:

Technical Enabler: Platform and Tools

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Connected Home Product

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It’s an honor for Sensorflare to be listed among those well established and promised companies – Libelium, Arrayent, Tado AC, Zen Thermostat, WallyHome, Ubi and ThingWorx are some of them – viewed as having a significant impact on the growth of the IoT.

We are grateful that Sensorflare has been recognized as a strong candidate for this awards!

A big THANK you for all your support…

sources: http://postscapes.com/

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Nominated for the 4th Annual IoT Awards


The  IoT Awards  seek to highlight and celebrate the year’s best projects, companies and ideas helping to create an Internet of Things. Currently in their fourth year, the IoT Awards have created 22 categories providing individuals, researchers and companies a unique opportunity to showcase their efforts. Categories include Best Connected Home Product, Best IoT Open Source Project and Alliance/Consortium of the Year to name a few. Three winners will be announced per category: Editor’s Choice, People’s Choice and People’s Choice Runner Up.


We are proud to announce that we have been nominated in two different categories for the 4th Annual IoT Awards hosted by Postscapes.com.

The categories we have been nominated in are:    

  • Technical Enabler: Platform and Tools The Technical Enabler awards acknowledge the elements that make it easier for everyone, from garage hobbyists to tech giants, to develop new products and services for the Internet of Things.
  • Connected Home Product From enhancing playtime to improving security, networked devices are making our homes safer, smarter, and more connected. The Connected Home award recognizes products that should be part of everyone’s family.


We invite you to support and vote for Sensorflare in these 2014 IoT Awards.

Only 3 days left to vote… Every vote counts!

Vote now!

sources: http://postscapes.com/

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Sensorflare supports X10 devices!

I thought I might write up a little primer on home automation using X10 technology. Why? Because when you look around at many of the smart home systems coming to market you see a variety of wireless technologies – Wi-Fi, ZigBee, Z-Wave, and Insteon are the most popular – but X10 none. What does that mean for users who have X10 smart devices? Is X10 an obsolete technology? Absolutely not!

Let me remind you a few things about X10


Photo Credit Khalid Albaih (Flickr)

X10 is an industry standard technology for home automation. The technology behind X10 has been developed over several decades and remains popular today despite competition from other standards. X10 utilizes either wired power line or wireless radio communication methods. A X10 home automation environment utilizes sensors and control devices that communicate with each other and manage various household appliances. These devices most commonly interface with lights, thermostats, security cameras and others.

Today for smart home owners, putting together a smart home remains mostly a do-it-yourself project. Right? You choose your components, connect them to your home network and start living your connected life. But now, some newer smart home products are coming to market that enable you to use what you have by transforming a dumb device to one that’s smart. So, what suppose to mean for users that already live in a smart home having established a smart ecosystem?

My personal view is that the average consumer is not going to change their X10 light switches, for example in order to replace them with the ‘new tech’ light switches that pushed into the market the last month! Why? Because they still work fine! There are people who uses old X10 controllers to manage their pool heaters, landscape lights, sprinklers and others. Some are from the 80’s and still work fine. There are so many X10 users that have a huge inventory of no longer supported X10 devices which they would love to see supported! These users are trying to figure out how they bringing together their “old” smart devices with the newer smart home products in order to live in a connected home.

We all love getting new gadgets, but what to do with the old ones?

The answer is simple! We don’t have to throw them out! Who has the money to trash everything and buy all new devices? And if you do have, why would you do that? It’s a bit wasteful. And let me tell you why… Because Sensorflare is here and supports X10 devices. If you are one of many thousand of people that jumped into home automation game early with X10 devices you could use Sensorflare. With Sensorflare you can keep adding new technology in your smart home system that already have without the hassle of managing your old and new smart devices simultaneously. You can have all your smart devices in one place, Sensorflare is what you need for your future automation expansions.

How it works? Sensorflare uses the Mochad in order to control and manage the X10 devices. Mochad is a very good and simple project that works perfectly with Sensorflare. In order to connect Mochad to Sensorflare you need to follow these simple steps. After that Sensorflare Mochad Terminal provides you with suggestions for the most common x10 commands. Just start typing your command and Sensorflare will show you the most recent commands you have used. Add your devices and services to platform, let Sensorflare to see your supported devices, products or services and then you can just focus on the real world experiences. Sensorflare not only help you to control and manage your smart devices but also suggest you intelligence solutions for your daily life.

If you have not tried Sensorflare yet, now is the time!

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