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I am the face of Control4.

Control4’s affordable home control solution lets me ditch the five remotes cluttering

my coffee table and manage all my entertainment gear – like DVR’s, movies, music,

and game stations – right from my TV screen. The same system lets me control sound,

lighting, security, temperature, and all the other gadgets in my home. I started with

one room and added more capabilities throughout the house, transforming my

home virtually overnight without breaking the bank. Finally, a home control solution

designed for me.

Unbelievably easy control of my

home theater with the touch of a button.

Bye-bye remotes. Hello, coffee table.

COPYRIGHT © 2009. Control4 Corporation. All rights reserved. Control4, the Control4 logo and Everyday Easy are registered trademarks or trademarks of Control4 Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Other names or brands may be claimed as the property of others.

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S

OME 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.

But we also have at least one other old-timer, JDS Technologies, that continues

quietly to crank out great products and support. JDS, a pioneer in home controls for 32

years, is the go-to brand for many successful integrators, but most CE pros have probably

never considered the company.

Don’t let the dated Web site fool you. The company has rock-solid hardware in its Stargate

line and a wonderful newish programming platform and interface called HomeRunner. Easily

import any image and create hotspots and icons to trigger any event.

JDS founder Jeff Stein likes to show off applications that simulate the status of every room.

For example, if you take pictures of a bedroom with lights on, lights dimmed to 50 percent and

lights off, you can display the graphical status when the appropriate event is initiated.

You can do this with the high-end systems, of course, but JDS was one of the first to

incorporate this type of GUI into its control systems — and it may be one of the cheapest

such solutions on the market.

Not that dealers should all run out and start installing JDS for their customers. It’s just one

example of what the little guys bring to the table. And they bring plenty more.

Mi Casa Verde’s new Mios system, for example, is a Z-Wave-enabled energy management

Sure our comprehensive

chart includes all the old

faithful home control

manufacturers, but don’t

forget the little guys

either. by Julie Jacobson

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Look for the “Mobile Devices/Platforms Supported” columns in our chart to see how smart phone-friendly the manufacturers are.

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and control platform that gives you the basics for $300 … and

all the extras you want through a consumer-oriented app store.

HomeLogic was still a “little guy” when it came out with

pos-sibly 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

consum-ers to log in and mess with a variety of subsystems — not

secu-rity, of course.

Sand Hill Engineering and Perceptive Automation have

qui-etly 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

passion-ate 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.

Our chart includes just a small portion of the information

we collected from home automation vendors. More data can be

found at www.cepro.com/whitepapers.

In addition to the companies listed, several other vendors

offer home-control products, but CE Pro did not receive their

forms in time to include them in our chart. Check the online

story for a more comprehensive list.

We’re guessing that many CE pros don’t know about JDS Tech-nologies’ programming platform and interface, HomeRunner. Our chart should change that.

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Pronto offers a complete range of control solutions for

the home automation market. The Pronto touch screen

control panels offer intuitive, integrated, multi-room control of

conventional home theater, multimedia content, lighting, security,

HVAC systems and much more.

The Pronto range also includes extenders, enabling full

integration with all automation equipment in residential and

commercial environments.

The total system is very flexible and easy to program using the

ProntoEditProfessional software. Through industry partnerships

with leading brands, and powered by the unique ProntoScript

technology, Pronto offers seamless 2-way integration resulting

in richer user interfaces and a unique control experience.

Philips Pronto products, trainings and technical support are

available through a global network of distributors. For more

information, please visit www.pronto.philips.com.

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ULTIMATE GUIDE TO HOME AUTOMATION

COMPANY NAME

GENERAL INFO

CHARACTERISTICS

PLATFORMS SUPPORTED

MOBILE DEVICES/

REMOTE

ACCESS

ACCESS

DIY

REQUIREMENTS FOR AUTH. DEALERS

DEALER ACCESSIBILITY &

CLAIM TO FAME (FROM COMPANY)

Years in Home Control Business No. systems installed systems in the U.S.

(thousands) Key brands

Typical price of installed system (thousands) Third–party subsystems supported (excl. IR) No. of keypads/ touchpads offered No. of touch-screens offered Software– only option? On–screen (TV)

display?

iPhone interface?

Android

Blac

kberr

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RIM OS

Windo

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Mobile/Win

CE/.net

Other

Dealers

Consumers

Consumer prog

ramming

Sell to

consumers?

Dealer base

Distribution

Tr

aining

Pur

chasing

Req.

Demo

2gig Technologies

2gig.com 1 25k–100k Go!Control <$5k <15 1–4 1–4 No No

Web

app

fee fee 3 None Limited Ltd./authorized Yes Yes

First self–contained home security and home automation system complete with color touchscreen, GSM/cellular radio, and built–in Z–Wave chip. AMX amx.com 27 >100k AMXhome, AutoPatch, Endeleo, Metreau, Mio, Modero, NetLinx, ViewStat

>$25k >100 >10 >10 No No Native free 0 None Limited Ltd./authorized Yes <$25k Yes

Dedicated to integrating a complex array of technologies and presenting users with a reli-able, consistent, scalable automation system designed to simplify their lives.

Calrad Electronics

xlobby.com 12 >100k xLobby $5k–$25k >100 0 5–10 PC Yes

Web

app free 3 None Limited Ltd./authorized Yes

55 years in business serving the pro A/V, broadcast, home theater system integrator markets.

CeBotics

cebotics.com 6 <5k HouseBot <$5k <15 0 0 PC No

free 3 Most DIY Ltd./authorized

Charmed Quark Systems, Ltd

charmedquark.com 8 <5k CQC $5k–$25k >100 0 0 PC Yes Native

free free 3 Some Most Ltd./open <$25k

Product is cost–effective, highly scalable, multi– user and inherently networked with powerful touchscreen design system, and handles auto-mation and media in a single product. Cinemar

cinemaronline.com 9 >100k

MainLobby,

MLServer, DVDLobby <$5k >100 0 1–4 PC Yes

Web

app free free 3 Most Most Ltd./open

Affordable home automation and media man-agement.

Colorado vNet

coloradovnet.com 8 >100k $5k–$25k 15–50 0 1–4 No No 1 None Limited Direct only Yes >$25k Yes

Manufactures a wide range of whole–house control solutions for lighting, climate, security, CCTV, weather and distributed digital enter-tainment. Blends reliability, scalability and flexibility with contemporary design. Quick to install.

Control4

control4.com 7 >100k

4Store, Composer,

4Sight $5k–$25k >100 1–4 5–10 No Yes Native

free fee 1 None Most Broad Yes <$25k

Control4, a leading provider of the operating system for the smart home, delivers intelligent control of consumer electronics products, ap-pliances and networking systems through an easy–to–use and intuitive software interface.

Cortexa Automation

cortexa.com 5 >100k <$5k 15–50 0 1–4 No Yes Native free free 3 Some Most Broad Yes

High–end system at a low–end price with intuitive and attractive user interface and iPhone app. End user can customize and tweak the system. Integrator can easily install the system. Crestron Electronics crestron.com 40 >100k V–Panel, Isys, DigitalMedia, Prodigy, Adagio, RoomView, e–Control >$25k >100 >10 >10 No Yes Web

app free free 0/2 None Limited Direct only Yes >$25k Yes

Delivers completely integrated whole–house control solution. On a single reliable, scalable platform, Crestron solutions control the entire home with no limitations, from anywhere.

Elan Home Systems

elanhomesystems.com 20 >100k g!, VIA!, Olé $5k–$25k >100 1–4 >10 No Yes Native

[1] free 2 None Limited Ltd./authorized Yes <$25k

Elan pioneered the smart–home market with a 1992 patent for an audio distribution system. Twenty patents later innovation continues with IP–based systems and g! – an intuitive cross– platform management system.

Elk Products, Inc.

elkproducts.com 15 25k–100k M1 Gold, M1EZ8 <$5k 15–50 5–10 1–4 No No

Web

app

free free 2 None Most Broad <$25k

M1 controls built for life safety, providing energy and task management and integrating with over 45 other manufacturers. Remote control: telephone, touchscreens, PCs, Internet, iPhone, Blackberry, and other mobile devices.

Embedded Automation

EmbeddedAutomation.com 5 >100k mControl, mPanel <$5k 50–100 1–4 1–4 PC Yes

Web

app free 3 Most DIY Ltd./open

mControl offers tight integration with Win-dows–based homes including Media Center and Windows Home Server. mPanel is a PoE touchscreen with integrated digital amplifier for direct–to–speaker capability.

Exceptional Innovation

life–ware.com 6 >100k Lifeware $5k–$25k >100 1–4 1–4 PC, Mac Yes

Web app

free/ fee

free/

fee 1 None Limited Ltd./authorized Yes >$25k Yes

Easy–to–use software solution is hard-ware–neutral, platform–agnostic and highly customizable with no computer code required for dealers.

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ULTIMATE GUIDE TO HOME AUTOMATION

COMPANY NAME

GENERAL INFO

CHARACTERISTICS

PLATFORMS SUPPORTED

MOBILE DEVICES/

REMOTE

ACCESS

ACCESS

DIY

REQUIREMENTS FOR AUTH. DEALERS

DEALER ACCESSIBILITY &

CLAIM TO FAME (FROM COMPANY)

Years in Home Control Business No. systems installed systems in the U.S.

(thousands) Key brands

Typical price of installed system (thousands) Third–party subsystems supported (excl. IR) No. of keypads/ touchpads offered No. of touch-screens offered Software– only option? On–screen (TV)

display?

iPhone interface?

Android

Blac

kberr

y

RIM OS

Windo

ws

Mobile/Win

CE/.net

Other

Dealers

Consumers

Consumer prog

ramming

Sell to

consumers?

Dealer base

Distribution

Tr

aining

Pur

chasing

Req.

Demo

2gig Technologies

2gig.com 1 25k–100k Go!Control <$5k <15 1–4 1–4 No No

Web

app

fee fee 3 None Limited Ltd./authorized Yes Yes

First self–contained home security and home automation system complete with color touchscreen, GSM/cellular radio, and built–in Z–Wave chip. AMX amx.com 27 >100k AMXhome, AutoPatch, Endeleo, Metreau, Mio, Modero, NetLinx, ViewStat

>$25k >100 >10 >10 No No Native free 0 None Limited Ltd./authorized Yes <$25k Yes

Dedicated to integrating a complex array of technologies and presenting users with a reli-able, consistent, scalable automation system designed to simplify their lives.

Calrad Electronics

xlobby.com 12 >100k xLobby $5k–$25k >100 0 5–10 PC Yes

Web

app free 3 None Limited Ltd./authorized Yes

55 years in business serving the pro A/V, broadcast, home theater system integrator markets.

CeBotics

cebotics.com 6 <5k HouseBot <$5k <15 0 0 PC No

free 3 Most DIY Ltd./authorized

Charmed Quark Systems, Ltd

charmedquark.com 8 <5k CQC $5k–$25k >100 0 0 PC Yes Native

free free 3 Some Most Ltd./open <$25k

Product is cost–effective, highly scalable, multi– user and inherently networked with powerful touchscreen design system, and handles auto-mation and media in a single product. Cinemar

cinemaronline.com 9 >100k

MainLobby,

MLServer, DVDLobby <$5k >100 0 1–4 PC Yes

Web

app free free 3 Most Most Ltd./open

Affordable home automation and media man-agement.

Colorado vNet

coloradovnet.com 8 >100k $5k–$25k 15–50 0 1–4 No No 1 None Limited Direct only Yes >$25k Yes

Manufactures a wide range of whole–house control solutions for lighting, climate, security, CCTV, weather and distributed digital enter-tainment. Blends reliability, scalability and flexibility with contemporary design. Quick to install.

Control4

control4.com 7 >100k

4Store, Composer,

4Sight $5k–$25k >100 1–4 5–10 No Yes Native

free fee 1 None Most Broad Yes <$25k

Control4, a leading provider of the operating system for the smart home, delivers intelligent control of consumer electronics products, ap-pliances and networking systems through an easy–to–use and intuitive software interface.

Cortexa Automation

cortexa.com 5 >100k <$5k 15–50 0 1–4 No Yes Native free free 3 Some Most Broad Yes

High–end system at a low–end price with intuitive and attractive user interface and iPhone app. End user can customize and tweak the system. Integrator can easily install the system. Crestron Electronics crestron.com 40 >100k V–Panel, Isys, DigitalMedia, Prodigy, Adagio, RoomView, e–Control >$25k >100 >10 >10 No Yes Web

app free free 0/2 None Limited Direct only Yes >$25k Yes

Delivers completely integrated whole–house control solution. On a single reliable, scalable platform, Crestron solutions control the entire home with no limitations, from anywhere.

Elan Home Systems

elanhomesystems.com 20 >100k g!, VIA!, Olé $5k–$25k >100 1–4 >10 No Yes Native

[1] free 2 None Limited Ltd./authorized Yes <$25k

Elan pioneered the smart–home market with a 1992 patent for an audio distribution system. Twenty patents later innovation continues with IP–based systems and g! – an intuitive cross– platform management system.

Elk Products, Inc.

elkproducts.com 15 25k–100k M1 Gold, M1EZ8 <$5k 15–50 5–10 1–4 No No

Web

app

free free 2 None Most Broad <$25k

M1 controls built for life safety, providing energy and task management and integrating with over 45 other manufacturers. Remote control: telephone, touchscreens, PCs, Internet, iPhone, Blackberry, and other mobile devices.

Embedded Automation

EmbeddedAutomation.com 5 >100k mControl, mPanel <$5k 50–100 1–4 1–4 PC Yes

Web

app free 3 Most DIY Ltd./open

mControl offers tight integration with Win-dows–based homes including Media Center and Windows Home Server. mPanel is a PoE touchscreen with integrated digital amplifier for direct–to–speaker capability.

Exceptional Innovation

life–ware.com 6 >100k Lifeware $5k–$25k >100 1–4 1–4 PC, Mac Yes

Web app

free/ fee

free/

fee 1 None Limited Ltd./authorized Yes >$25k Yes

Easy–to–use software solution is hard-ware–neutral, platform–agnostic and highly customizable with no computer code required for dealers.

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COMPANY NAME

GENERAL INFO

CHARACTERISTICS

PLATFORMS SUPPORTED

MOBILE DEVICES/

REMOTE

ACCESS

ACCESS

DIY

REQUIREMENTS FOR AUTH. DEALERS

DEALER ACCESSIBILITY &

CLAIM TO FAME (FROM COMPANY)

Years in Home Control Business No. systems installed systems in the U.S.

(thousands) Key brands

Typical price of installed system (thousands) Third–party subsystems supported (excl. IR) No. of keypads/ touchpads offered No. of touch-screens offered Software– only option? On–screen (TV)

display?

iPhone interface?

Android

Blac

kberr

y

RIM OS

Windo

ws

Mobile/Win

CE/.net

Other

Dealers

Consumers

Consumer prog

ramming

Sell to

consumers?

Dealer base

Distribution

Tr

aining

Pur

chasing

Req.

Demo

Home Automated Living

automatedliving.com 15 25k–100k HAL <$5k 50–100 0 0 PC Yes free free 3 Most Most Broad <$25k

Home automation software manufacturer, offering true speaker–independent, speech rec-ognition for home control and multiple means of access and control to the home.

Home Automation Inc. (HAI)

homeauto.com 25 >100k

Omni, Lumina, Omnistat, Omni-Touch, HAI Lighting

Control (HLC)

$5k–$25k 50–100 1–4 1–4 No Yes Web

app

free free 2 Some Most Broad Yes

HAI has been defining home automation for 25 years.

HAI provides security, lighting, audio/video, surveillance and access control with a solution for every home.

HomeSeer homeseer.com 11 25k–100k PRO–100, Ho-meTroller, HSPRO, Z–Troller, HSM100

$5k–$25k >100 0 1–4 PC Yes Native

free free 3 Most Most Ltd./authorized Yes Yes

First with trainable voice recognition, remote Internet control, Z–Wave support, Windows Media Center support, .net support, handheld Z–Wave controller designed as PC interface, IP–configurable touchscreen designer and multisensor support.

Jasco Products Co.

jascoproducts.com 6 <5k GE <$5k <15 1–4 0 No No fee 3 Most DIY Broad <$25k

Easy–to–use, easy–to–install affordable wireless lighting controls, handheld remotes, sensors and other low–cost GE branded Z– Wave devices. JDS Technologies jdstechnologies.com 32 25k–100k HomeRunner, Stargate <$5k 15–50 1–4 1–4 No No Web

app

free 3 Some Most Broad <$25k

HomeRunner is a simple platform for creating custom user interfaces from any image file. Any photo, drawing and/or downloaded im-age can easily be converted into an interac-tive control surface.

JET home automation

3nyx.com 3 <5k 3NYX <$5k <15 0 5–10 PC No free 2 None Limited Ltd./authorized Yes <$25k Yes

Developer of innovative, cost–effective and highly personalizable home automation system, which takes advantage of using mostly third–party hardware interfaces and subsystems already in the market.

Lutron Electronics

lutron.com 49 >100k

HomeWorks, RadioRA 2, Sivoia shades

$5k–$25k 15–50 >10 0 No No Native free 0 Some Limited Ltd./open Yes >$25k

Lutron’s core business has always been con-trolling electric light. Recently, the company expanded that model to integrate natural light control (automated shades) and temperature control.

Perceptive Automation

perceptiveautomation.com 8 25k–100k Indigo <$5k 15–50 1–4 1–4 Mac No Native

[2]

free/

fee 3 Most DIY Ltd./open <$25k

Most widely used Mac–based home auto-mation system with the highest user rated iPhone interface app.

Philips Pronto

pronto.philips.com 12 >100k Pronto $5k–$25k >100 0 1–4 No No 1/3 Some Limited Ltd./open Yes <$25k Yes

Pronto offers a complete range of control solutions for the home automation market. Touchscreen control panels and extenders offer integrated multiroom control of home theater, multimedia content, lighting and HVAC systems.

Promixis

promixis.com 10 25k–100k Girder, NetRemote <$5k 15–50 0 0 PC, Linux No

Web

app free 3 Most Most Broad

Automation technologies are based on soft-ware that has been used for over 10 years. Latest product PEAC is now being used in commercial healthcare facilities for disabled patients.

Remote Technologies Inc (RTI)

rticorp.com 18 >100k RTI <$5k >100 >10 >10 No No 0 None Most Ltd./authorized Yes

Leading manufacturer of affordable control solutions for professionally installed electronic systems. All RTI products are programmed through the popular Integration Designer software platform.

Residential Control Systems (RCS)

resconsys.com

17 5k–25k CommStar, StarGate <$5k <15 0 0 No No 3 Most DIY Ltd./open Yes

Leading manufacturer of communicating thermostats, zone control systems, energy management and home automation products. Produce thermostats for all standards, including Z–Wave, Wi–Fi and UPB. Only X10 communicating thermostat in the world. Sand Hill Engineering

shed.com 14 <5k Xtension <$5k 50–100 1–4 1–4 Mac No

Web

app free free 3 Most DIY Direct only <$25k

Offers multiple concurrent interfaces, wide variety of devices, Web interface, ease of user configuration and stability.

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ULTIMATE GUIDE TO HOME AUTOMATION (CONT’D)

COMPANY NAME

GENERAL INFO

CHARACTERISTICS

PLATFORMS SUPPORTED

MOBILE DEVICES/

REMOTE

ACCESS

ACCESS

DIY

REQUIREMENTS FOR AUTH. DEALERS

DEALER ACCESSIBILITY &

CLAIM TO FAME (FROM COMPANY)

Years in Home Control Business No. systems installed systems in the U.S.

(thousands) Key brands

Typical price of installed system (thousands) Third–party subsystems supported (excl. IR) No. of keypads/ touchpads offered No. of touch-screens offered Software– only option? On–screen (TV)

display?

iPhone interface?

Android

Blac

kberr

y

RIM OS

Windo

ws

Mobile/Win

CE/.net

Other

Dealers

Consumers

Consumer prog

ramming

Sell to

consumers?

Dealer base

Distribution

Tr

aining

Pur

chasing

Req.

Demo

Home Automated Living

automatedliving.com 15 25k–100k HAL <$5k 50–100 0 0 PC Yes free free 3 Most Most Broad <$25k

Home automation software manufacturer, offering true speaker–independent, speech rec-ognition for home control and multiple means of access and control to the home.

Home Automation Inc. (HAI)

homeauto.com 25 >100k

Omni, Lumina, Omnistat, Omni-Touch, HAI Lighting

Control (HLC)

$5k–$25k 50–100 1–4 1–4 No Yes Web

app

free free 2 Some Most Broad Yes

HAI has been defining home automation for 25 years.

HAI provides security, lighting, audio/video, surveillance and access control with a solution for every home.

HomeSeer homeseer.com 11 25k–100k PRO–100, Ho-meTroller, HSPRO, Z–Troller, HSM100

$5k–$25k >100 0 1–4 PC Yes Native

free free 3 Most Most Ltd./authorized Yes Yes

First with trainable voice recognition, remote Internet control, Z–Wave support, Windows Media Center support, .net support, handheld Z–Wave controller designed as PC interface, IP–configurable touchscreen designer and multisensor support.

Jasco Products Co.

jascoproducts.com 6 <5k GE <$5k <15 1–4 0 No No fee 3 Most DIY Broad <$25k

Easy–to–use, easy–to–install affordable wireless lighting controls, handheld remotes, sensors and other low–cost GE branded Z– Wave devices. JDS Technologies jdstechnologies.com 32 25k–100k HomeRunner, Stargate <$5k 15–50 1–4 1–4 No No Web

app

free 3 Some Most Broad <$25k

HomeRunner is a simple platform for creating custom user interfaces from any image file. Any photo, drawing and/or downloaded im-age can easily be converted into an interac-tive control surface.

JET home automation

3nyx.com 3 <5k 3NYX <$5k <15 0 5–10 PC No free 2 None Limited Ltd./authorized Yes <$25k Yes

Developer of innovative, cost–effective and highly personalizable home automation system, which takes advantage of using mostly third–party hardware interfaces and subsystems already in the market.

Lutron Electronics

lutron.com 49 >100k

HomeWorks, RadioRA 2, Sivoia shades

$5k–$25k 15–50 >10 0 No No Native free 0 Some Limited Ltd./open Yes >$25k

Lutron’s core business has always been con-trolling electric light. Recently, the company expanded that model to integrate natural light control (automated shades) and temperature control.

Perceptive Automation

perceptiveautomation.com 8 25k–100k Indigo <$5k 15–50 1–4 1–4 Mac No Native

[2]

free/

fee 3 Most DIY Ltd./open <$25k

Most widely used Mac–based home auto-mation system with the highest user rated iPhone interface app.

Philips Pronto

pronto.philips.com 12 >100k Pronto $5k–$25k >100 0 1–4 No No 1/3 Some Limited Ltd./open Yes <$25k Yes

Pronto offers a complete range of control solutions for the home automation market. Touchscreen control panels and extenders offer integrated multiroom control of home theater, multimedia content, lighting and HVAC systems.

Promixis

promixis.com 10 25k–100k Girder, NetRemote <$5k 15–50 0 0 PC, Linux No

Web

app free 3 Most Most Broad

Automation technologies are based on soft-ware that has been used for over 10 years. Latest product PEAC is now being used in commercial healthcare facilities for disabled patients.

Remote Technologies Inc (RTI)

rticorp.com 18 >100k RTI <$5k >100 >10 >10 No No 0 None Most Ltd./authorized Yes

Leading manufacturer of affordable control solutions for professionally installed electronic systems. All RTI products are programmed through the popular Integration Designer software platform.

Residential Control Systems (RCS)

resconsys.com

17 5k–25k CommStar, StarGate <$5k <15 0 0 No No 3 Most DIY Ltd./open Yes

Leading manufacturer of communicating thermostats, zone control systems, energy management and home automation products. Produce thermostats for all standards, including Z–Wave, Wi–Fi and UPB. Only X10 communicating thermostat in the world. Sand Hill Engineering

shed.com 14 <5k Xtension <$5k 50–100 1–4 1–4 Mac No

Web

app free free 3 Most DIY Direct only <$25k

Offers multiple concurrent interfaces, wide variety of devices, Web interface, ease of user configuration and stability.

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ULTIMATE GUIDE TO HOME AUTOMATION (CONT’D)

COMPANY NAME

GENERAL INFO

CHARACTERISTICS

PLATFORMS SUPPORTED

MOBILE DEVICES/

REMOTE

ACCESS

ACCESS

DIY

REQUIREMENTS FOR AUTH. DEALERS

DEALER ACCESSIBILITY &

CLAIM TO FAME (FROM COMPANY)

Years in Home Control Business No. systems installed systems in the U.S.

(thousands) Key brands

Typical price of installed system (thousands) Third–party subsystems supported (excl. IR) No. of keypads/ touchpads offered No. of touch-screens offered Software– only option? On–screen (TV)

display?

iPhone interface?

Android

Blac

kberr

y

RIM OS

Windo

ws

Mobile/Win

CE/.net

Other

Dealers

Consumers

Consumer prog

ramming

Sell to

consumers?

Dealer base

Distribution

Tr

aining

Pur

chasing

Req.

Demo

Savant Systems

savantav.com 5 <5k Protege, Rosie $5k–$25k >100 5–10 >10 No Yes Native free 1 None Limited Ltd./open Yes <$25k Yes

Apple–based control, automation and enter-tainment system solution, Savant technology unifies all audio, video, lighting, security, climate, communications and Internet into one seamless experience.

Schlage, Ingersoll Rand

link.schlage.com 1 >100k Schlage Link <$5k <15 1–4 0 No No

Web

app fee 3 Some Limited Ltd./open

Schlage offers a wide range of commercial and residential door hardware, including Internet and wireless–enabled home security management, electronic keyless locks and mechanical door hardware.

Schneider Electric

mySEhome.com 12 >100k

Square D, C–Bus,

Clipsal, Wiser $5k–$25k (e) 15–50 (e) 5–10 1–4 No Yes

Web

app free 1 None Limited

With 170 years of experience in the electri-cal industry, Schneider has fine–tuned its craft to create the C–Bus Home Control system and Wiser IP–enabled automation solution.

Stardraw

stardraw.com 5 <5k Stardraw Control <$5k >100 0 0 PC, Mac No

Web

app

free free 3 Most Most Broad Yes

Software–based, open–architecture, universal control platform. Control/monitor any device over any protocol. Use any PC or Web–ca-pable device as a UI. Control anything, over anything, from anything, anywhere. URC

(formerly Universal Remote Control) universalremote.com

19 >100k Complete Control,

URC $5k–$25k >100 1–4 1–4 No Yes 1/3 None Limited Ltd./authorized >$25k

Founded on remote controls, URC now offers whole–house control options. Best known for the build quality and reliability of products.

Vantage Controls vantagecontrols.com 24 25k–100k InFusion, Enspire, ScenePoint, WireLink, RadioLink >$25 >100 >10 5–10 No No Web

app

free fee 1 None Limited Direct only Yes Yes

From exquisite interfaces to Design Center software, Vantage enables custom integrators to efficiently personalize complete whole– home automation solutions to fit the desires of their customers in the luxury living space.

Visiomatic/Siedle

visiomatic.com 11 <5k VisiPad, VisiServer >$25 >100 1–4 >10 No Yes Native 0 None Limited Direct only Yes

A single display can be used by anyone for simple and convenient control of all technol-ogy within the premises –– including com-munication, information and entertainment –– both on site and remotely.

Wayne–Dalton

wayne–dalton.com/access 6 25k–100k

SALT, Home Settings, Houseport, HomeManager

<$5k 15–50 5–10 1–4 PC, Mac No free free/fee 2 Some Most Broad Yes <$25k

Known for Z–Wave home Controls. Complete line of vehicular access to garage door as portal to the home. Very comprehensive line of Z–Wave devices like lighting, touchscreens and computer interfaces.

Xanboo

xanboo.com 10 25k–100k

ASG Connect,

Security Enhanced <$5k <15 1–4 1–4 PC, Mac No Native

[3] fee fee 3 None Most Broad Yes Yes

Bridges to Honeywell, DSC, DMP, Bosch security panels, plus Z–Wave, ZigBee and Insteon. Install Xanboo on top of existing and new security installs for additional MRM around broadband interactive services.

Xantech

xantech.com 27 >100k Video–Link $5k–$25k 15–50 >10 >10 No Yes

free 3 Some Most Ltd./open Yes <$25k

Pioneer in infrared–red technology for audio/ video systems. Expertise in high–value con-trol, audio and video products and systems. Solutions for every conceivable A/V control application.

KEY: (e) Estimated by CE Pro; not supplied by vendor MOBILE DEVICES/PLATFORMS

SUPPORTED: Other: [1] Nokia N800, [2] Palm WebOS, [3] J2ME, WAP DIY ACCESS: Consumer programming: 0 - No consumer programming, 1 - Consumer can make modest changes after pro installation, 2 - Consumer can make substantial

Crestron PMC2 Prodigy Media Controller Philips

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COMPANY NAME

GENERAL INFO

CHARACTERISTICS

PLATFORMS SUPPORTED

MOBILE DEVICES/

REMOTE

ACCESS

ACCESS

DIY

REQUIREMENTS FOR AUTH. DEALERS

DEALER ACCESSIBILITY &

CLAIM TO FAME (FROM COMPANY)

Years in Home Control Business No. systems installed systems in the U.S.

(thousands) Key brands

Typical price of installed system (thousands) Third–party subsystems supported (excl. IR) No. of keypads/ touchpads offered No. of touch-screens offered Software– only option? On–screen (TV)

display?

iPhone interface?

Android

Blac

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RIM OS

Windo

ws

Mobile/Win

CE/.net

Other

Dealers

Consumers

Consumer prog

ramming

Sell to

consumers?

Dealer base

Distribution

Tr

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Pur

chasing

Req.

Demo

Savant Systems

savantav.com 5 <5k Protege, Rosie $5k–$25k >100 5–10 >10 No Yes Native free 1 None Limited Ltd./open Yes <$25k Yes

Apple–based control, automation and enter-tainment system solution, Savant technology unifies all audio, video, lighting, security, climate, communications and Internet into one seamless experience.

Schlage, Ingersoll Rand

link.schlage.com 1 >100k Schlage Link <$5k <15 1–4 0 No No

Web

app fee 3 Some Limited Ltd./open

Schlage offers a wide range of commercial and residential door hardware, including Internet and wireless–enabled home security management, electronic keyless locks and mechanical door hardware.

Schneider Electric

mySEhome.com 12 >100k

Square D, C–Bus,

Clipsal, Wiser $5k–$25k (e) 15–50 (e) 5–10 1–4 No Yes

Web

app free 1 None Limited

With 170 years of experience in the electri-cal industry, Schneider has fine–tuned its craft to create the C–Bus Home Control system and Wiser IP–enabled automation solution.

Stardraw

stardraw.com 5 <5k Stardraw Control <$5k >100 0 0 PC, Mac No

Web

app

free free 3 Most Most Broad Yes

Software–based, open–architecture, universal control platform. Control/monitor any device over any protocol. Use any PC or Web–ca-pable device as a UI. Control anything, over anything, from anything, anywhere. URC

(formerly Universal Remote Control) universalremote.com

19 >100k Complete Control,

URC $5k–$25k >100 1–4 1–4 No Yes 1/3 None Limited Ltd./authorized >$25k

Founded on remote controls, URC now offers whole–house control options. Best known for the build quality and reliability of products.

Vantage Controls vantagecontrols.com 24 25k–100k InFusion, Enspire, ScenePoint, WireLink, RadioLink >$25 >100 >10 5–10 No No Web

app

free fee 1 None Limited Direct only Yes Yes

From exquisite interfaces to Design Center software, Vantage enables custom integrators to efficiently personalize complete whole– home automation solutions to fit the desires of their customers in the luxury living space.

Visiomatic/Siedle

visiomatic.com 11 <5k VisiPad, VisiServer >$25 >100 1–4 >10 No Yes Native 0 None Limited Direct only Yes

A single display can be used by anyone for simple and convenient control of all technol-ogy within the premises –– including com-munication, information and entertainment –– both on site and remotely.

Wayne–Dalton

wayne–dalton.com/access 6 25k–100k

SALT, Home Settings, Houseport, HomeManager

<$5k 15–50 5–10 1–4 PC, Mac No free free/fee 2 Some Most Broad Yes <$25k

Known for Z–Wave home Controls. Complete line of vehicular access to garage door as portal to the home. Very comprehensive line of Z–Wave devices like lighting, touchscreens and computer interfaces.

Xanboo

xanboo.com 10 25k–100k

ASG Connect,

Security Enhanced <$5k <15 1–4 1–4 PC, Mac No Native

[3] fee fee 3 None Most Broad Yes Yes

Bridges to Honeywell, DSC, DMP, Bosch security panels, plus Z–Wave, ZigBee and Insteon. Install Xanboo on top of existing and new security installs for additional MRM around broadband interactive services.

Xantech

xantech.com 27 >100k Video–Link $5k–$25k 15–50 >10 >10 No Yes

free 3 Some Most Ltd./open Yes <$25k

Pioneer in infrared–red technology for audio/ video systems. Expertise in high–value con-trol, audio and video products and systems. Solutions for every conceivable A/V control application.

changes, 3 - Consumer can program start to finish, Note: Multiple answers due to

dif-ferent product lines Sell to Consumers: Most products, Some products, No products DEALER ACCESSIBILITY: Dealer Base: Primarily DIY, Most dealers will qualify, Limited no. of authorized dealers

Exceptional Innovation Life|ware

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COMPANY NAME

2gig Technologies 2gig.com ZW ZW ZW AMX amx.com

Calrad Electronics xlobby.com

CeBotics cebotics.com

Charmed Quark Systems, Ltd

charmedquark.com Cinemar cinemaronline.com

Colorado vNet coloradovnet.com

Control4

control4.com

ZIG

ZIG

Cortexa Automation

cortexa.com

Crestron Electronics

crestron.com

Elan Home Systems

elanhomesystems.com

Elk Products, Inc.

elkproducts.com

Embedded Automation

EmbeddedAutomation.com ZW

Exceptional Innovation

life–ware.com

Home Automated Living

automatedliving.com IN, ZW IN, ZW

Home Automation Inc. (HAI)

homeauto.com

P

HomeSeer

homeseer.com

Jasco Products Co.

jascoproducts.com

JDS Technologies

jdstechnologies.com

JET home automation

3nyx.com Lutron Electronics lutron.com

Perceptive Automation perceptiveautomation.com Philips Pronto pronto.philips.com Promixis promixis.com

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Residential Control Systems (RCS)

resconsys.com

Sand Hill Engineering

shed.com

Savant Systems

savantav.com

Schlage, Ingersoll Rand

link.schlage.com ZW

ZW Schneider Electric mySEhome.com

Stardraw stardraw.com URC universalremote.com

Vantage Controls vantagecontrols.com

Visiomatic/Siedle visiomatic.com

Wayne–Dalton wayne–dalton.com/access

ZW

ZW Xanboo xanboo.com IN

Xantech xantech.com

KEY: SUBSYSTEMS OFFERED: Native support for off-the-shelf Insteon (IN), Universal

Powerline Bus (UPB), X10, Z-Wave (ZW), ZigBee (ZIG) lights, thermostats and sensors

AMX

1. Obama uses in White House

2. Control from iPod or iPad

3. Configure without any custom code

4. Distributed audio starts at $5,000

5. Our thermostat shows weather forecast

CALRAD ELECTRONICS

1. Easy to skin, program interface

2. 10 built-in multizone audio streams

3. iTunes support, management

including cover art

4. Updatable platform software and

hardware

5. Works with IR/RF remotes,

touchscreens

CINEMAR

1. Price-point is deceiving

2. Customizable user interface

3. Controls two Air Force show vehicles

4. Offer turnkey sports bar package

5. Offer white glove remote assistance

CONTROL4

1. International distribution to 20+

countries

2. Over 1,500 dealers

3. Won over 20 awards since 2005

4. Compatible with 10,000 third-party

products

CORTEXA AUTOMATION

1. Robust for Dealers and DIYers

2. Free remote access

3. Unique, attractive user interface

4. No licensing, integration, subscription

fees

5. Vast range of compatible subsystems

CRESTRON ELECTRONICS

1. Touchpanels feature embedded PC

applications

2. DigitalMedia designed over five years

3. ADMS: complete content delivery system.

4. Only end-to-end whole-house control

solution

5. All products manufactured in U.S.A.

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ELAN HOME SYSTEMS

1. Complete whole-house entertainment,

management

2. g! first uniform cross-platform

interface

3. Industry’s first Smartphone control

software

4. Only free, live iPhone demo

5. First hybrid touchpad: Olé

ELK PRODUCTS, INC.

1. IP Accessible - LAN/Internet

2. Smart phone integration, no fees

3. Wireless capability: 144 Inputs

4. Integrates with 48 partner products.

5. More economical than comparable

systems

EMBEDDED AUTOMATION

1. Most device drivers are free

2. Integrates with Windows Home Server

3. Supports Windows 7 and x64

platforms

4. Supports Insteon, Z-Wave, ZigBee,

KNX

5. New mStation home control appliance.

EXCEPTIONAL INNOVATION

1. Software-only option

2. Lifeware hardware not required

3. Wide range of price points

4. Complete automation sans Media

Center

5. Commercial solutions also available

HOME AUTOMATED LIVING

1. Home automation since 1995

2. Support for energy management

(HALemc)

3. Voice recognition requires no training

4. Support microphones, intercoms and

telephones

5. Multiple means of user-control

HOME AUTOMATION INC. (HAI)

1. Retrofittable

2. Scalable

3. Affordable

4. International applications and

languages

5. Great option for light commercial

JASCO PRODUCTS CO.

1. Do-it-yourself system

2. Affordable name brand products

3. All Z-Wave products work together

JDS TECHNOLOGIES

1. Any picture can become GUI.

2. Same platform for control, editing

3. Individual password protection

4. Different UI for all

JET HOME AUTOMATION

1. Based on customer’s home floorplan

2. Easy and intuitive navigation

3. Applicable to new constructions,

retrofits

4. Scenes programmable by the user

5. Users can control remotely

LUTRON ELECTRONICS

1. We’ve added temperature control

2. Keypads in 50+ styles/colors

3. Patented Clear Connect RF technology

4. Retrofit and new-construction solutions

PERCEPTIVE AUTOMATION

1. Remote Insteon device link

management

2. Native controls for devices

3. Client/server architecture

4. Built-in Web server

5. Plug-in and RESTful APIs

PHILIPS PRONTO

1. Pronto has evolved into a full control

system

2. Focused on Custom: training and

support

3. Quality and Reliability; 100% Belgian

made

4. Numerous plug-and-play 2-way

solutions

5. Easy to program and configure

PROMIXIS

1. Open systems, hardware-agnostic

2. Commercial system for disabled

individuals

3. Dealer version runs Windows, Linux

REMOTE TECHNOLOGIES INC (RTI)

1. Professional-grade control products

2. Powerful, efficient programming

environment

3. One program: all RTI products

4. Only available through professional

integrators

5. 256 devices within one file

RESIDENTIAL CONTROL SYSTEMS

(RCS)

1. Powerline thermostats: UPB,

LonWorks, X10

2. RF stats: Wi-Fi, Z-Wave, ZigBee

coming

3. More communications: relay, RS-232,

RS-485

4. It’s a sleeper: CommStar automation

5. Temperature sensors and more

SAND HILL ENGINEERING

1. Continuous development for 14 years

2. Over 5,000 systems internationally

3. Commercial and light industrial

4. Modular add-ons

5. Dynamic graphic views

SAVANT SYSTEMS

1. Apple-based control system

2. Unique user interfaces

3. No custom programming

4. iPhone-like gesture navigation

5. Solution across many markets

SCHLAGE, INGERSOLL RAND

1. Z-Wave-enabled wireless door locks

2. Remotely monitor lights, thermostats,

security

3. Featured in Apple’s TV commercial

4. Available at RadioShack, other

retailers

5. Integrates with security panels, alarm.com

SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC

1. Wiser controls: TV, touchscreens, Web

2. Mix wired, wireless lighting

3. Elegant European styling

4. Visit Showroom in LaVergne, Tenn.

5. Virtual home tour: www.mysehome.

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STARDRAW

1. Open architecture

2. Infinitely flexible, ultimately powerful

3. Programming (writing code) not

required

4. If desired, code in C#

URC (FORMERLY UNIVERSAL

REMOTE CONTROL)

1. CCP: unified programming platform

2. CCP: eliminates the programmer

bottleneck

3. CCP: automates building large

systems

4. CCP: enables open architecture

customization

5. CCP: value-added for dealers

VANTAGE CONTROLS

1. Best programming software in industry

2. Most credible energy management

solution

3. Robust lighting control solution

4. Interfaces with sophisticated, luxury

aesthetic

5. Delivered through trained custom

integrators

VISIOMATIC/SIEDLE

1. Perfected elegance

2. Simple understatement

3. Effectiveness

4. Large number of available interfaces

5. Multifunctional

WAYNE-DALTON

1. Internet Gateway links product to

others

2. Top selling Z-Wave thermostat

3. Broadest line of Z-Wave controls

4. Integrates with garage door openers

5. OEM Z-Wave devices for others

XANBOO

1. Easy to use

2. Affordable

3. Enables interactive services

4. Bridges to most standard systems

XANTECH

1. High-value, self-contained design

2. Flexibility of user interface

3. Multiple devices can access

controllers

4. Programming through Web interface

5. Intelligent system management

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