A bit of an update, in that I have now got full control of my velbus system via google home. Its done using a combination of devices as follows
- My main logic controller for velbus is my cytech comfort alarm system, which has a full logic controller built in and an interface into velbus (and lots of other systems). Its been that way for a long time, and I have remote access via smartphone app, and my alarm sensors also control my lights at sunset etc.
- I also have a smart things hub, and a hue hub.
- A smartthings emulator on a rasperry pi, basically takes all of my comfort alarm panel components (eg, alarm status, inputs, motion sensors, door sensors, and all of my velbus lights), and emulates them as smart things devices.
- Once I have everything, including velbus emulated as smartthings devices, then I have full integration into google home/google assistant.
It works fantastic, and brings my home automation into an entirely different level, making it a truly smart home, where I can now integrate geolocation etc in addition to full reliable voice control into my system.
Its a round about way of doing it, and while technically I am reasonably competent, I am poor when it comes to coding etc, so I just found using open source solutions quite a challenge.
I genuinely beleive that velbus needs to have some form of officially supported interface to google assitant, siri, amazon echoe devices, as really, only hobbyists can currently put the time and effort into making it work.
I may be wrong on this, but I get the impression velbus is going by the wayside, and is no longer being pushed/developed by vellman ?
The lack of an official solution to integrate velbus with AI assistants such as google, amazon echoe and siri I think is a major flaw in velbus now. Also, this forum has actually dissapeared from the main velbus web page, although maybe thats just a bug/ommission ?