‘If this, then that’ – that’s what IFTTT stands for. The full form of the acronym might sound a bit unconventional for a technical concept, but it is a simple way to explain what it does.
What is IFTTT?
IFTTT is a free web-based service that automates simple, repetitive tasks by creating chains of simple conditional statements, called applets. Our daily lives are intersected by many different digital devices and web-based applications; IFTTT provides a place to connect and use them all together.
How to leverage it for smart home integration?
The smart home tech is a pretty diverse market, and the chances are that your client will probably like Phillips hue smart lights but will want home heating systems from tado and security cameras from a third brand. Controlling them from one source is doable from a hub, but using IFTTT adds another layer of interconnectedness. The real magic of smart home technology is to use different devices as a single unified system.
Here is a quick overview of how IFTTT works with the following concepts:
1. Services – these refer to data from a specific web service such as YouTube, Gmail, or certain APIs such as SMS, etc.
2. Triggers are the "this" part of an applet. Think of triggers as events on your service. For example, 'any new motion' which will get you data from a motion sensor when someone approaches the door.
3. Actions are the "that" part of an applet. Think of actions as sending data or creating resources on your service. For example, 'turn on light', which will make the porch lights switch on automatically.
4. Applets are the results needed from Triggers and Actions. For example, you want the light to switch on automatically before the person rings the doorbell.
A great way to give professional IFTTT services to your clients is with Conrad Connect – an award-winning smart living platform that interconnects smart devices, apps, and services from different brands on a single platform. It allows you to create complex automated tasks with multiple devices from different brands.
Remember, the key is ease of use
Technology must solve a purpose; no one wants it if it adds more complications to their lives. Using IFTTT to bring ease of usage is the best way to ensure smart home customers get the benefits of the technology they have invested in.