List of home automation software

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Home automation software is software that facilitates control of common appliances found in a home, office, or sometimes a commercial setting, such as lights, HVAC equipment, access control, sprinklers, and other devices. Software typically provides for scheduling tasks, such as turning sprinklers on at the appropriate time, event handling, such as turning lights on when motion is detected. Typically the application will support multiple interfaces to the outside world, such as XMPP, email, Z-Wave, and X10.

The software will typically provide a user interface which is often based on a client-server model, such as a web UI or a smartphone app, or some combination thereof. More advanced applications will often allow users to write scripts in a programming language to handle more complex tasks. As of 2016 there are many competing home automation standards for both hardware and software.

Open-source software[edit]

This is a list of software across multiple platforms which is designed to perform home automation.

Name Linux Mac Windows Android iOS License Technologies
AllJoyn (by AllSeen Alliance) Y Y Y Y Y Apache 2.0
IoTivity (by Open Connectivity Foundation) Y Y Y Y Y Apache 2.0
LinuxMCE Y Control App Control App Control App GPL Asterisk, Bluetooth, KNX, 1-Wire, Serial, Wake on LAN (WoL), Z-Wave, X10, Infrared, GlobalCache, MythTV, Video Disc Recorder (VDR), Hulu, HDHomeRun
OpenRemote Y Y Y Control App Control App GPL
Project Brillo Y Y Y Y Y Weave, Thread
QIVICON Y Y Y Y Y HomeMatic, ZigBee

Closed-source software[edit]

Name Linux Mac Windows Android iOS License Technologies
Microsoft HomeOS Y Academic license
HomeSeer Y Y Y Y Y Bluetooth, 1-Wire, Z-Wave, X10, UPB, Insteon, Infrared

Proprietary hardware[edit]

This is a list of platforms that require custom, closed hardware for home automation.

Name Configuration Tools Technologies
AMX LLC Netlinx Studio, TPDesign Configuration tools only work on Windows.
Control4 Composer Uses a Linux kernel, configuration tools only work on Windows. Platform also supports open hardware utilising the Z-Wave standard.[1]
INSTEON INSTEON Hub, INSTEON for Windows Lighting, appliances, sensors. Mobile apps for Android and iOS, configuration tools only work with Windows.
Lutron Focused on lighting and shades, configuration tools only work on Windows.
SmartThings Lighting, appliances, sensors. Mobile apps for Android and iOS.
Vivint Sensors and one-touch hardware for security.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Control4 becomes latest company to join Z-Wave Alliance". IoTTech. IoT Tech News. Retrieved 28 September 2016.