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AMX is an all-encompassing high end professional home automation system. Usually only found in large bespoke homes as well as commercial settings like hotels and offices it employs proprietaryÂ technologies to provide an exceptionally polished system where every item is controlled and managed.
WeMo is a brand new range of home automation modules from Belkin. Â They offer simple plug and play appliance control and provideÂ schedulingÂ and remoteÂ operationÂ from inside and outside the home with a free iOS App. Â InÂ conjunction with the Cloud serviceÂ If This Then ThatÂ they can also be triggered from emails, SMS text messages as well as be scheduled to come on at sunset etc.
C-BusÂ from Clipsal / Schneider is a professional home automation system. Itâ€™s hard wired using a variety of topologies with CAT5 or similar cables â€“ including itâ€™s own pink version. Â It offers some wireless products in the range now too. Â It encompases a large range of modules, especially lighting, from this single supplier. Â It has a good following amongst Automated Home readers and DIY installation is possible with decent support available from forums etc. Â Watch ourÂ C-Bus video interviewÂ here.
The Comfort system from Cytech is one of the most popular smart home security panels around. Â As well as featuring If/Then/Else logic, one of its strengths is its ability toÂ integrateÂ with a wide range of other home automation systems via one of its â€˜UCMâ€™ boards. These hardware interfaces allow â€“ for example â€“ your security PIR to detect movement and then turn on your C-Bus controlled lighting inÂ response . Â They support other standards like RS232, RS485, Ethernet, C-Bus, Crestron, KNX, Z-Wave, Velbus and GSM. Â Recently Cytech have released a cut-down version of theirÂ system, the â€˜Logic Engineâ€™ whichÂ acts as a stand alone HAÂ controllerÂ for customers that donâ€™t require the security features. Â Watch ourÂ video interview with Cytech.
CommandFusion are an Australian company producing a range of home automation hardware for CIâ€™s and DIY installers. Â They aim to make things as simple as possible to install and operateÂ and their iViewer softwareÂ allows for creation of a GUI on a mobile device (iOS and Android). Â Their modules include various relays as well as traditional IR, RS232/422/485 and flexible I/O ports.
Control4 is an all-encompassing mid to high end home automation system. Â A relative new comer (established in 2003) it is highly rated and is installed by a network of approved CIâ€™s. It aims to automateÂ lighting, music, video, security and energyÂ around the modern home and make it as easy to control as possible.
Crestron has been in business for over 40 years and is another high end all-encompassing professional home automation system. Â Like AMX it is a very fully featured proprietary systemÂ that has matured over many years. Â It is usually installed by CIâ€™s in large bespoke homes with big budget HA systems offering control of everything from Crestronâ€™s touchscreens and iOS devices.
Domotiga is free open source Linux home automation software from the Netherlands. It can be run on a wide range of hardware including theÂ Raspberry Pi and supports RFXCOM, X10, xPL, XBMC and 1-Wire.
Freedomotic is free open source home automation software that runs onÂ any OS with Java support (Linux, Windows, Mac OSX, Android etc). It can be deployed on a single standard PC, a PCs network, a network of embedded devices like Raspberry Pi, or a mixture of the above.
Global CachÃ©Â produce a range ofÂ WiFi / Ethernet IP enabled IR, serial, and contact closure devices. Most recently they have launched the iTach Flex range. Â The hardware allows you to control your home automation system using iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch) Android devices as well as integrate them into controllers such as Indigo.
Harmony is Windows home automation software developed by UK basedÂ Domia Lifestyle. Around since 2002, this PC software supports X10, ByeBye Standby, C-Bus, Dupline, 1-Wire and Rako. Modules are available for Web and Touchsceen interfaces as well as CCTV and voice control.
HomeEasy is a range of wireless home automation modules produced byÂ Byron. Ideal for retro-fitting into an existing property the range includes plugin modules, wall switches, micro modules, PIRs and remote controls.
HomeSeer isÂ probablyÂ the best known Windows home automation software around. Established in 1998 its feature list has expanded yearly and now represents one of the most complete suites available. Â Itâ€™s also been joined over the years by the HomeTroller range of hardware home automation controllers. Â It supports a huge range of HA hardware includingÂ Insteon, UPB, X10, xAP, xPL and Z-Wave.
HomeVision and HomeVision Pro are hardware home automation controllers that were built to allow control of large X10 systems. Â Their innovative software allowed complex If/Then/ElseÂ conditionsÂ to easily be programmed by a novice yet provide powerful macros. Â They support a range of I/O too and the ability to work through a TV menu. Â In late 2011 HomeVisionÂ creatorÂ Crag Chadwick announced the controller was being discontinued.
Idratek was born out ofÂ years of University research andÂ aims to be a true HomeÂ AutomationÂ system in the sense that it makes many decisions autonomously, rather than just provide remote controls for the home. Â TheirÂ CortexÂ software provides theÂ intelligence for their own hardware modules and the entire network of sensors and switches learns from yourÂ behaviour which is ideal for assisted living scenarios too.
Indigo is s comprehensive Mac OSX home automation software package from Perceptive Automation. Â It supports X10, Insteon and more recently Z-Wave devices too plus a host of other sub systems from more than 40 3rd party plugins. Â The system is being activelyÂ developed and has a thriving support forum.
Insteon is a range of hardware home automation modules ideal for retro-fitting to any home. Â Insteonâ€™s inventors SmartLabsÂ describe it a â€œDual Bandâ€ system as every command gets transmitted over both RF and Power Line. Â This built-in redundancy is designed to ensure your commands get through. Â The RF side of things is a proprietaryÂ Mesh Network where every module receives and re-transmits signals to maximise range and reduce dead spots. Â On the Power Line side Modules are also capable of sending X10 commands so you can control any legacy devices you may have.
KNX is the successor to several previous standards including the European Home Systems Protocol (EHS) and the European Installation Bus (EIB / Instabus). Â Itâ€™s a huge ecosystem for the smart home with over 7,000 certified KNX products on the market from over 100 companies. KNX is currently popular in Europe but has very little presence in the USA.
A relative new comer, LightwaveRF from JSJS designs offers a range of attractive modernÂ home automation modules at reasonable prices. Â This wireless range currently doesnâ€™t support status requests â€“ although this may be coming in future hardware.
LinuxMCE is a free open source software suite that provides home automation controls as well as media centre duties. Â The system can be used to control X-10, KNX / EIB, Z-Wave, EnOcean, and Insteon hardware. Â In addition it provides other core components including VoIP with the FOSSÂ Asterisk PBX and integration with CCTV / security systems.
The Loxone systemÂ is built around their neat â€˜Miniserverâ€™ hardware controller. Â ItÂ supportsÂ KNX switches and sensors, PCâ€™s or touch screen, via web interface, remote control by iPod, iPhone, iPad, Smartphone, software integration and more.
Around since 1961, Lutron are famous for inventing the solid state dimmer. Â Now known for theirÂ intelligentÂ lighting controls, Lutron is aÂ professionalÂ grade system found in high end domestic and commercial installations.
Mi Casa Verde
Mi Casa Verde produce the â€œVeraâ€ range of Linux based hardware home automation controllers. Â Built around Z-Wave technology these controllers also support Control4, X1o, Insteon and IP CCTV cameras. Â Their open APIs allow developers to createÂ additionalÂ apps to control the home.
Minerva is an open source Linux home automation software suite. Â It offers a built in web interface, SMS and IR control plusÂ speech synthesis. Â In addition it employs a range of â€˜Appletsâ€™ to connect with and control various devices around your home. Â These includeÂ plugins for X10, Bluetooth,Â Audio and Video playback, Weather, reports, TV Guide and anÂ RSS feed reader.
MisterHouse is free open source home automation software. Â Written entirely in Perl, it runs on Windows and most Unix based platforms, including Linux and Mac OSX. Â It supports a multitude of systems including xAP, xPL, X10, iButtons, TTS, RS-232 Serial etc.
Nest was started by Tony Fadell, one of the leads in both the iPod and iPhone design and development. Â Nest introduced the learning home heating thermostat and the more recently the Nest Protect smart homeÂ Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm. Â Nest have been purchased by Google.
The open Home Automation Bus (openHAB) is a system developed in Java that isÂ hardware and protocol agnostic. With support for overÂ 40 technologies including things like Raspberry Pi, RFXCOM, KNX, MAX! and Asterisk, it is building aÂ growing smart home community.
Open Remote is software that runs on Windows, Linux, Mac and Raspberry Pi and isÂ freely available under an Open Source license. Â It can be used to integrate manyÂ differentÂ smart home sub-systems including those from AMX, KNX, Lutron, Z-Wave, 1-Wire, EnOcean, xPL, Insteon, X10, Infrared, Russound, GlobalCache, IRTrans, XBMC, VLC, panStamps, Denon AVR, FreeBox and MythTV. Â End-user control interfaces are available for iOS and Android devices, and for devices with modern web browsers. User interface design, installation management and configuration can be handled remotely with OpenRemote cloud-based design tools.
Open Source Automation
Open SourceÂ AutomationÂ (OSA) is free open source home automation software for Windows. Â ItsÂ Plugin architecture and APIÂ makes it possible to interface to and control a wide variety of home automation and entertainment systems including X10, Insteon, 1-Wire, RFXCOM, Z-Wave, Global Cache, MCE,Â Squeezebox ServerÂ and XBMC.
Rako Controls produce a range of wired and wireless smart home lighting products that are designed and manufactured in the UK. Â iPhone and iPad control of lighting is available with their hardware bridge and their free Rako iOS App.
Revolve aims to be the one smartphone smart home controller to rule them all. Â It integrates control of many systems into a single iOS app (Android coming) plus aÂ $300 hardware hub that houses 7 radios including Wi-Fi, ZigBee, Z-Wave and Insteon.Â With it they can control Sonos, Philips Hue, Belkin WeMo and Nest amongst others with drivers for more systems planned.
RFXcom produce a range of wirelessÂ transceiversÂ that are a swiss army knife for RF home automation systems. They are supported by a huge range of software and hardware including HomeSeer, Indigo, Vera, HomeEasy and LightwaveRF. Â These inexpensive USB products work with Linux, Mac-OS and Windows.
Founded in 2005 Savant Systems provide a suite of integrated proprietaryÂ automationÂ solutions forÂ residential and commercial applicationsÂ built using Apple technology.
Shion is home automation software for Mac OSX. Â It has recently been made open source and free along with its Shion Touch iOS App which is also free. Â With support for X10 and Insteon itâ€™s an interesting proposition for Apple Mac users for zero outlay.
Universal Powerline Bus (UPB)
UPB is a 2-way powerline communications technology which was designed in the 1990â€²s with a view to replacing X10.
Velbus is a modular home automation system using a bus cable consisting of 4 wires (2 for power and 2 for data). There is no central control unit making the systemÂ immuneÂ to a single point of failure. Â It has a number of different control options, from built in control functions on each module, to server type controllers, including free and paid options. It also offers a DIN mounted server option and iPhone control.
Entry into the world of home automation has been powered by X10 for many people (Ed: including me). Â Itâ€™s probably the best known â€˜properâ€™ homeÂ automationÂ system, in that it offers a large range of hardware and software and it can be used in a relatively powerful way. Â Itâ€™s inexpensive and allows up to 256 addresses on the network but on the down side itâ€™s based on a slow powerline technology invented in the 1970â€²s (by Pico Electronics in Scotland). Â While the technology is extremely well established it lacks modern features like status control.
It is aÂ protocol designed to help disparate home automations systems talk to each other using broadcast UDP over a LAN. Â WhileÂ development seems to have slowed in recent limes it remains a useful tool forÂ integratingÂ various smart home systems.
xPL is a fork of xAP. Â While it is a very similar protocolÂ its developers wanted to it to be asÂ lightweight as possible to support embedded devices.
Xtension is Mac OSX home automation software thatâ€™s been around since 1996. It supports X10, Z-Wave, UPB andÂ Oregon Scientific weather stations.
Zigbee is based on an IEEE 802 open standard and provides a low power personal area network.
Zipato Â are aÂ Croatia company and theirÂ Zipabox home automation controller allows customers to use Zigbee and Z-wave devices to secure and automate their homes.
Z-Wave is simlar to Zigbee in that itâ€™s technology that creates a wireless mesh network. Â Although it is not an open standard there are many manufactures producing Z-Wave modules.
The â€œInternet of Thingsâ€ (IoT) is a popular term referring to the increasing number of items that have an IP address. Â While an over-riding home automation communication standard has yet to appear, IP is rapidly becoming the medium of choice. Â The new low powerÂ 802.11ah standard thatâ€™s in the works should make Wi-Fi even more practical for smart home applications and with IPv6 itâ€™s easy to see a time when every light bulb, radiator valve and PIR in our homes will have their own IP address on the smart grid.
Check out theÂ Arduino and theÂ Raspberry pi, whichÂ continue to be the darlings of the DIY homeÂ automation hardware hacker and there are aÂ multitude of newÂ wireless bulbtechnologiesÂ that haveÂ emergedÂ in recent times too.
Lastly hereâ€™s a list of smart home technologies that havenâ€™t made it into the main body of this article yet.