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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 several different interfaces to the outside world, such as XMPP, email, z wave, x10, etc.
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 2014 there are many competing home automation standards for both hardware and software.
A list of software across multiple platforms which is designed to perform home automation.
|Microsoft HomeOS||Y||Academic license|
|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|
A list of platforms that require custom, closed hardware for home automation.
|AMX LLC||Netlinx Studio, TPDesign||Configuration tools only work on Windows.|
|Control4||Composer||Uses a Linux kernel, configuration tools only work on Windows.|
|Crestron||SIMPL Windows, VTPro-e||Uses different embedded OS's, configuration tools only work on Windows.|
|INSTEON||INSTEON Hub, INSTEON for Windows||Lighting, applianaces, 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.|
|Vantage||Configuration tools only work on Windows.|