Adds Occupancy Sensor to Range

We love our motion sensors. They’re small, unobtrusive, yet so good for creating useful automations. There’s always a bit of a magical feeling when you waltz into a room, like your kitchen, and the lights come on by themselves.

However, as we have stressed to our many customers over the years – motion sensors aren’t perfect. In particular, motion sensors detect motion, as the name itself states. What this means is that a motionless person will not actually trigger the sensor. In turn, this means that if you have an automation for a light to turn off when no motion is detected, it’ll actually turn the lights off when you’re standing or sitting still!

This has posed a problem, as it meant that motion sensors, and motion sensor automations were difficult to use in living rooms and bedrooms.

That changes today: we’re launching the Aqara Presence Sensor FP2.

The Aqara Presence Sensor FP2

This revolutionary sensor changes the game. By using radar mmWave technology, instead of the passive infra red (PIR) sensors on typical motion sensors, the FP2 is now able to detect occupancy – not just motion. This means that it’ll sense if somebody is in the room, or if it’s devoid of life, and you’ll now be able to configure automations to trigger accordingly. Don’t want lights, fans, and airconditioners on when nobody’s in the room? The FP2 is your to-go sensor for that.

WHEN no occupancy is detected
THEN turn off lights, air-conditioner, fan

Zone Control

The FP2 goes a little bit more than that. Besides detecting occupancy in the room, it goes the extra mile by attributing positional data to the occupancy it detects. In plain English: it knows where you are, in the room. It can tell, for example, if you’re 3.5 metres away from it, and at a angle of 19 degrees to the right.

To make the most of this function, you’ll need to map out zones in your app, such as “Sofa”, or “Dining table”, or “My side of the bed”. You can then create automations based on occupancy or absence in these specific zones!

Smart Home Platforms

As usual, our FP2 is compatible with the major smart home platforms – Apple HomeKit, Google Home, and Alexa. But perhaps what’s most impressive is that each zone created on your map will appear as a separate occupancy sensor in Apple Home.

So, in Apple Home, you’ll be able to create an automation:

WHEN occupancy is detected in Sofa
THEN play Lo-fi playlist on HomePod

Get Integrating

With these functions, the FP2 opens up a whole new world of automation possibilities. There’s a lot more to cover on its functions and features, but we’ll let the product page do the talking.

As usual, prides itself on its technical chops, deep knowledge, and familiarity with all sorts of smart home systems, scenarios, and platforms. When you build a smart home with us, you know you’ll be in good hands.

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