More and more customers prefer comprehensive Smart Home solutions with intelligent assistants and are no longer controlling their lighting via a separate lighting control system or gateway, acknowledges Osram. The company will shut down the cloud server for controlling the Lightify gateways on August 31, 2021.
Ledvance finished selling the gateway at the start of 2019. Smart+ products from Ledvance, some of which are still sold under the brand name of Osram, are compatible with a large number of major Smart Home platforms and are optimized for control with intelligent assistants. As a result, they will continue to work with these platforms.
Lightify customers were informed in a newsletter and will also be notified separately directly in the app. Customers have one and a half years to switch to an alternative smart-home platform where they can continue to use their smart lamps and luminaires under the ZigBee standard. Only local functions will be possible from August 31, 2021.
This means, that there will be no further updates and a connection to the Amazon and Google voice assistants will not be possible anymore after this date. Compatibility to newer versions of the IOS and Android operating systems can’t also be assured thereafter.
To control their smart lights and plugs beyond August 31st, 2021, customers will need to fully reset their entire system and then integrate it into any other ZigBee compatible system, like other smart lighting or smart home systems with intelligent assistants that are available on the market.
Osram also acknowledges that the Lightify system is now technically outdated: its performance in respect to reaction times when controlling devices is significantly lower compared to other systems in the market. The implemented ZigBee standard is not state of the art anymore (ZigBee Light Link and ZigBee Home Automation instead of ZigBee 3.0) which makes it more and more difficult to ensure compatibility to other smart home systems.
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