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How to voice control your smart home using ILEVIA EVE controller to integrate Google assistant with your exinsting BTicino MyHome, Vimar By-me and KNX.

How to control your smart home using Google Home


  • ilevia has made it possible to use Google Home with KNX devices, Vimar By Me, My Home by BTicinoZ-Wave and other protocols by EVE System.
  • One of the greatest strengths of our system is to be able to use the Google Assistant app or Google Home app on your smartphone even on systems not managed by our EVE server.
  • Check that you are using the same google account on Google Home, Google assistant apps and on the voice recognition Google devices.
  • After the installation of our system the user, without using any app, will be able to control devices simply using the Google Assistant voice recognition or through  Google Home devices.

In the following sections, we will explain how to configure a KNX light via Eve Manager and the related configuration of the Google Assistant.

Google Home speakers enable users to speak voice commands to interact with services through Google’s intelligent personal assistant called Google Assistant. A large number of services, both in-house and third-party, are integrated, allowing users to listen to music, control playback of videos or photos, or receive news updates entirely by voice. Google Home devices also have integrated support for home automation, letting users control smart home appliances and KNX devices with their voice. Multiple Google Home devices can be placed in different rooms in a home to control specific devices in a specific room. In this guide, you will learn how to set up simple KNX light in a living room and control it through voice.
A reminder before continuing:

  • Google Home device is not required, you can simply use the Google Assistant App on your smartphone/tablet.
  • You must have one EVE system already setup (We recommend following our tutorial at this link);
  • Please refer to this documentation to set up Google Home devices;
  • Download and Install EVE Logic plugin to enable plugins (link);
  • Update your server with the latest firmware available following this guide;
  • To enable this service you will need to contact us, otherwise, the installation will not be successful.

LEARN BY DOING 

STEP 1: 


How to apply tags for component association to Amazon Alexa voice assistant

In this guide, we will see how to correctly set a Switch that will turn on and off a light in our living room using a Google Home device. Once you have selected the Components screen, insert a Switch, assigning the User interface title to “Living Room Light” (you can choose a different name according to your preferences) that will identify the keyword to be pronounced on our Google Home device. Now within “Select Tags” you will have to select “Light” and “Google Home“, this step will allow you to correctly use the service and correctly identify which device is a Light and which not. This step must be made for each component of the system that you want to make the user manage through Google Home, in the case that the selected device is not a Light you should only use the “Google Home” tag.

STEP 2:


Uploading the project inside the Home automation server EVE to check the Home automation system

Click Project->Upload to server and that’s it! Time to move on the next topic: “Google Assistant and Google Home app”.

STEP 3:

ILEVIA Account creation


ILEVIA Account creation
Subscribe to the ILEVIA cloud:  1. Open the browser from your phone or your PC;  2. Type https://cloud.ilevia.com into the address bar of your browser;  3. Select the option Register a new membership to create a new account on the ILEVIA cloud;  4.  Complete the registration by filling all the required information and eventually select Sign Up.

How to subscribe to the Ilevia Cloud to link the Voice Assistant Google

STEP 4:

EVE Server registration


Add your EVE Server to the ILEVIA cloud:   1. Sign in on your ILEVIA account; 2. Click on the “Add server” blue button; 3. Complete all the required text fields:   
  • Server Name: You can choose a name of your preferences.
  • License ID: to find your license ID please follow this guide.  
4. Click on the “Save” green button to confirm the operation on the ILEVIA cloud.

How to link the Home automaion server's license ID to the Ilevia Cloud account

STEP 5:

App Configuration


Creating the house inside the Google Home App
1. After you have installed the Google Home app open it and this will be the first screen that you’ll see. Tap on “GET STARTED >”.
Linking the account Google to the Google Home App

2. Login with your account.

Linking the device Google Home to the Google Account
3. If you have installed a Google Home device it will display on this screen, if not the system will continue the installation.
Creating the new house inside the Google Home application

4. Tap on Home or Create another home if you have more devices in different houses, for this example we will use the default Home.

How to add new devices into the Google Home App

5. Tap on + Add.

How to add new devices into the Google Home application | Adding devices

6. Tap on Set up device.

How to add new devices into the Google Home application | Have something already set up

7. Tap on Have something already set up?.

How to add the Ilevia Smart Home skill inside the Voice assisntant app Google Home

8. Here you will find all the companies that support Google Home, search for ilevia Smart Home.

Authorizing the link of the Ilevia smart Home skill By inserting the credential

9. Now you should log in with the credentials created before (if you didn’t do that please go back and complete the procedure here.

Discovered devices from the search made from the Voice assistant App Google Home
10. Here you can see the devices configured before inside EVE Manager, tap on the device/s you’ll link with the Google Home device and tap NEXT.
How to add the discovered devices into the House project created early inside the Voice assistant Google

11. Tap on  Home.

12. Here you can choose where your devices are placed, pick the room that best suits your needs.

How are the placed devices seen inside the Google assistant app

13. Finally, you can now see that your components created inside Eve Manager are available inside the Google Home app and ready to be used! .

ADD/REMOVE DEVICES:

 

If you need to add or remove devices like more lights, switches etc. you’ll need to follow this procedure:

HOw to add / remove new devices from inside the Google assistant application

1. Tap on + Add.

2. Tap on Set up device.

3. Tap on Have something already set up?.

4. Tap on ilevia Smart Home and press Unlink account, this will disconnect your Cloud account.

How to reconnect the Ilevia smart Home account within the voice assistant application

5. Now search again ilevia Smart Home and link again the account as explained before here. The devices that has been added or removed should be now updated.

GOOGLE HOME VOICE COMMANDS LIST:
You can use your voice to enjoy Google Home features like Scenarios, Remote Scenarios, Activation, Lights & Temperature, Shutters and much more. For doing that you can simply follow those examples:

Lights:

To do this:  Say “Ok Google” or “Hey Google,” then…
To turn on/off a light “Turn on <light name>”
Dim a light “Dim the <light name>”
Brighten a light “Brighten the <light name>”
Set a light brightness to a certain percentage “Set <light name> to 50%”
Dim/Brighten lights by a certain percentage “Dim/Brighten <light name> by 50%”
Change the color of a light “Turn <light name> green”
Turn on/off all lights in room “Turn on/off lights in <room name>”
Turn on/off all lights “Turn on/off all of the lights”

Ok Google, turn on Living Room Light”

Ok Google, set Living Room Light to 30%”

Ok Google, turn Living Room Light blue”

Switches:

To do this:  Say “Ok Google” or “Hey Google,” then…
Turn on/off switch “Turn on/off the [switch name]”

Ok Google, turn on/off the Popcorn machine”

Scenarios & Remote Scenarios:

Note: for this type of component we recommend to follow the examples in this guides to better understand how creating a Scenario & Remote Scenario. Using also the Script component will allow creating endless possibilities of customization so as to make each Scenario personalized like temperature control, shutters and much more…

To do this:  Say “Ok Google” or “Hey Google,” then…
Activate “Activate [scenario name]”
Activate “Activate [remote scenario name]”

Ok Google, activate Irrigation”

Note: if you are planning to add other components to be controlled via Google Home inside EVE Manager you will need to tell to          Google Home device or the Google Assistant App  “Ok Google, update devices” to implement them correctly within your app, otherwise, you will not be able to view them.