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Some things never change in home automation. After all these years, we still have the old faithfuls: AMX, Crestron, Elan, HAI and Vantage. We all know those companies, each of which has been selling home control systems for over 20 years.
HomeLogic was still a “little guy” when it came out with possibly the first embedded app for the iPhone. To demonstrate the capabilities of the then-new mobile platform, HomeLogic set up a system in its own corporate headquarters that enables consumers to log in and mess with a variety of subsystems — not security, of course.
Sand Hill Engineering and Perceptive Automation have quietly been making Mac-based automation software for many years, and Perceptive’s Indigo has a particularly large following among Apple fanboys.
And here’s another thing that the little guys do particularly well: consumer and installer forums. The top products by DIY/pro providers — such as HomeSeer and Charmed Quark — have strong and active followings among folks who are passionate about home control. The company’s proprietors are active in online discussions as well.
Whether you’re already loyal to one or more home-control vendors, it’s worth it to check out some of the newer providers, as well as the older and quieter veterans in the space.