Homeowners have been forced to choose between the autonomy provided by standalone smart devices on the one hand, and the robustness, sophistication, and extensive device support of professional automation systems on the other.
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Here is a list of software that can be used to control home automation and or A/V systems. It's a growing resource so check back often for new content. Updated 9/15/15 - Details added for HAL and CastleOS
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HAL does not require voice training and provides multiple voice interfaces into the system such as open air microphones, telephones, intercoms, webpages, smartphone apps, headsets and more.
ComfortClick works with KNX, Modbus, Z-Wave, S-Bus, DSC alarm, Global Cach©, IRTrans, XBMC, Philips Hue, SMA Solar Technologies, IP cameras and IP intercom.
Indigo supports three home automation technologies out-of-the-box: Z-Wave, Insteon, and X10. To use one of those technologies, a USB-based interface is required.
Protocols: X10, Insteon, UDP, ModBus, Z-Wave, ZigBee, HTTP, FTP, SNMP, TCP/IP, RS232, RS485, and more. Brands: > 50
THRONE controls equipment of KNX Association protocol (more than 400 manufacturers worldwide), HDL (China) and Teletask (Belgium).
CQC is a software based product, so it can control almost any type of device, given the broad range of communications media supported by modern computer operating systems. Typically they are serial, TCP/IP/UDP, IR, or USB, but almost anything is controllable given the ability to access the device from Windows.
HCA has several protocols built-in: UPB, Insteon, Zwave (limited support), Wireless via WGL whole home wireless systems, IR via Global Cache IR controllers, X10, Next thermostats, a connector to the Wink world, weather data from many sources.
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