Protocols: X10, Insteon, UDP, ModBus, Z-Wave, ZigBee, HTTP, FTP, SNMP, TCP/IP, RS232, RS485, and more. Brands: > 50
Home Control Software Interview - ECS
Mark Gilmore | Omnipotence Software
Please give us a general overview of your software.
ECS is a general-purpose commercial/residential automation program used for *many* different types of applications.
It supports the ability to easily create custom GUIs, and use English-like (If/Then/Else) logic for monitoring/control.
ECS may be accessed with any web-browser (but no Internet connection is required).
Initial setup is free (customized to the customer's specific devices/needs).
Which OS and hardware are required to make the system function?
Windows Vista and later, or Debian-based Linux (e.g. Ubuntu)
Which protocols or brands of devices will the software control?
Protocols: X10, Insteon, UDP, ModBus, Z-Wave, ZigBee, HTTP, FTP, SNMP, TCP/IP, RS232, RS485, and more
Brands: > 50
All supported devices are listed at http://OmnipotenceSoftware.com/wpr_devices.htm.
Does the software run on a PC? If not please describe how it works.
Can the software be controlled with other devices such as smart phones, tablets or dedicated keypads etc.
Yes - Any device with a web browser can be used with ECS (plus many push-button devices)
Please describe some of the primary functions that can be performed by the software.
ECS can support lighting, HVAC, energy management, security, video, entertainment, etc.
But it's GUI and the tasks that it performs are fully customizable.
ECS comes with a default configuration the contains various examples.
And our site contains examples (but they're *only* examples!).
Is the software designed to be installed and set up by a homeowner or is a professional integrator recommended?
How long has the company been in operation and what other products / services do you offer?
Since 1991. We also offer custom software services and OEM (private-label) versions of ECS.
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