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Sure our comprehensive chart includes all the old faithful home control manufacturers, but don’t forget the little guys either. by Julie Jacobson

Rediscovering HOME Automation S
Sponsored by: 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

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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 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. 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.

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

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.

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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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GENERAL INFO
Years in Home Control Business
1

CHARACTERISTICS
Typical price Third–party No. of of installed subsystems keypads/ system supported touchpads (thousands) (excl. IR) offered
<$5k <15 1–4

COMPANY NAME
2gig Technologies 2gig.com

No. systems installed systems in the U.S. (thousands)
25k–100k

Key brands
Go!Control AMXhome, AutoPatch, Endeleo, Metreau, Mio, Modero, NetLinx, ViewStat xLobby HouseBot

No. of touchscreens offered
1–4

Software– On–screen only (TV) option? display?
No No

AMX amx.com

27

>100k

>$25k

>100

>10

>10

No

No

Calrad Electronics xlobby.com CeBotics cebotics.com Charmed Quark Systems, Ltd charmedquark.com Cinemar cinemaronline.com

12 6

>100k <5k

$5k–$25k <$5k

>100 <15

0 0

5–10 0

PC PC

Yes No

8

<5k

CQC MainLobby, MLServer, DVDLobby

$5k–$25k

>100

0

0

PC

Yes

9

>100k

<$5k

>100

0

1–4

PC

Yes

Colorado vNet coloradovnet.com

8

>100k

$5k–$25k

15–50

0

1–4

No

No

Control4 control4.com

7

>100k

4Store, Composer, 4Sight

$5k–$25k

>100

1–4

5–10

No

Yes

Cortexa Automation cortexa.com

5

>100k

<$5k

15–50

0

1–4

No

Yes

Crestron Electronics crestron.com

40

>100k

V–Panel, Isys, DigitalMedia, Prodigy, Adagio, RoomView, e–Control

>$25k

>100

>10

>10

No

Yes

Elan Home Systems elanhomesystems.com

20

>100k

g!, VIA!, Olé

$5k–$25k

>100

1–4

>10

No

Yes

Elk Products, Inc. elkproducts.com

15

25k–100k

M1 Gold, M1EZ8

<$5k

15–50

5–10

1–4

No

No

Embedded Automation EmbeddedAutomation.com

5

>100k

mControl, mPanel

<$5k

50–100

1–4

1–4

PC

Yes

Exceptional Innovation life–ware.com

6

>100k

Lifeware

$5k–$25k

>100

1–4

1–4

PC, Mac

Yes

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

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MOBILE DEVICES/ PLATFORMS SUPPORTED
Windows Mobile/Win CE/.net Blackberry RIM OS iPhone interface?

REMOTE ACCESS
Consumers

DIY ACCESS
Consumer programming Sell to consumers?

DEALER ACCESSIBILITY & REQUIREMENTS FOR AUTH. DEALERS
Dealer base Distribution Purchasing Req.

Training

Android

Dealers

Demo
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Other

CLAIM TO FAME (FROM COMPANY)
First self–contained home security and home automation system complete with color touchscreen, GSM/cellular radio, and built–in Z–Wave chip. Dedicated to integrating a complex array of technologies and presenting users with a reliable, consistent, scalable automation system designed to simplify their lives.

Web app

fee

fee

3

None

Limited

Ltd./authorized

Yes

Native

free

0

None

Limited

Ltd./authorized

Yes

<$25k

Web app

free

3 free 3

None Most

Limited DIY

Ltd./authorized Ltd./authorized

Yes

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


Native Web app

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 automation and media in a single product. Affordable home automation and media management. Manufactures a wide range of whole–house control solutions for lighting, climate, security, CCTV, weather and distributed digital entertainment. Blends reliability, scalability and flexibility with contemporary design. Quick to install. Control4, a leading provider of the operating system for the smart home, delivers intelligent control of consumer electronics products, appliances and networking systems through an easy–to–use and intuitive software interface. 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. 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 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. 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. mControl offers tight integration with Windows–based homes including Media Center and Windows Home Server. mPanel is a PoE touchscreen with integrated digital amplifier for direct–to–speaker capability. Easy–to–use software solution is hardware–neutral, platform–agnostic and highly customizable with no computer code required for dealers.

free

free

3

Most

Most

Ltd./open

1

None

Limited

Direct only

Yes

>$25k

Native

free

fee

1

None

Most

Broad

Yes

<$25k

Native

free

free

3

Some

Most

Broad

Yes

Web app

free

free

0/2

None

Limited

Direct only

Yes

>$25k

Native

[1]

free

2

None

Limited

Ltd./authorized

Yes

<$25k

Web app

free

free

2

None

Most

Broad

<$25k

Web app

free

3

Most

DIY

Ltd./open

Web app

free/ fee

free/ fee

1

None

Limited

Ltd./authorized

Yes

>$25k

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

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GENERAL INFO
Years in Home Control Business
15

CHARACTERISTICS
Typical price Third–party No. of of installed subsystems keypads/ system supported touchpads (thousands) (excl. IR) offered
<$5k 50–100 0

COMPANY NAME
Home Automated Living automatedliving.com

No. systems installed systems in the U.S. (thousands)
25k–100k

Key brands
HAL Omni, Lumina, Omnistat, OmniTouch, HAI Lighting Control (HLC) PRO–100, HomeTroller, HSPRO, Z–Troller, HSM100

No. of touchscreens offered
0

Software– On–screen only (TV) option? display?
PC Yes

Home Automation Inc. (HAI) homeauto.com

25

>100k

$5k–$25k

50–100

1–4

1–4

No

Yes

HomeSeer homeseer.com

11

25k–100k

$5k–$25k

>100

0

1–4

PC

Yes

Jasco Products Co. jascoproducts.com

6

<5k

GE

<$5k

<15

1–4

0

No

No

JDS Technologies jdstechnologies.com

32

25k–100k

HomeRunner, Stargate

<$5k

15–50

1–4

1–4

No

No

JET home automation 3nyx.com

3

<5k

3NYX

<$5k

<15

0

5–10

PC

No

Lutron Electronics lutron.com

49

>100k

HomeWorks, RadioRA 2, Sivoia shades

$5k–$25k

15–50

>10

0

No

No

Perceptive Automation perceptiveautomation.com

8

25k–100k

Indigo

<$5k

15–50

1–4

1–4

Mac

No

Philips Pronto pronto.philips.com

12

>100k

Pronto

$5k–$25k

>100

0

1–4

No

No

Promixis promixis.com

10

25k–100k

Girder, NetRemote

<$5k

15–50

0

0

PC, Linux

No

Remote Technologies Inc (RTI) rticorp.com

18

>100k

RTI

<$5k

>100

>10

>10

No

No

Residential Control Systems (RCS) resconsys.com

17

5k–25k

CommStar, StarGate

<$5k

<15

0

0

No

No

Sand Hill Engineering shed.com

14

<5k

Xtension

<$5k

50–100

1–4

1–4

Mac

No

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

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MOBILE DEVICES/ PLATFORMS SUPPORTED
Windows Mobile/Win CE/.net Blackberry RIM OS iPhone interface?

REMOTE ACCESS
Consumers

DIY ACCESS
Consumer programming Sell to consumers?

DEALER ACCESSIBILITY & REQUIREMENTS FOR AUTH. DEALERS
Dealer base Distribution Purchasing Req.

Training

Android

Dealers

Demo
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Other

CLAIM TO FAME (FROM COMPANY)
Home automation software manufacturer, offering true speaker–independent, speech recognition for home control and multiple means of access and control to the home. 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. 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. Easy–to–use, easy–to–install affordable wireless lighting controls, handheld remotes, sensors and other low–cost GE branded Z– Wave devices. HomeRunner is a simple platform for creating custom user interfaces from any image file. Any photo, drawing and/or downloaded image can easily be converted into an interactive control surface. 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’s core business has always been controlling electric light. Recently, the company expanded that model to integrate natural light control (automated shades) and temperature control. Most widely used Mac–based home automation system with the highest user rated iPhone interface app. 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. Automation technologies are based on software that has been used for over 10 years. Latest product PEAC is now being used in commercial healthcare facilities for disabled patients. Leading manufacturer of affordable control solutions for professionally installed electronic systems. All RTI products are programmed through the popular Integration Designer software platform. 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. Offers multiple concurrent interfaces, wide variety of devices, Web interface, ease of user configuration and stability.

free

free

3

Most

Most

Broad

<$25k

Web app

free

free

2

Some

Most

Broad

Yes

Native

free

free

3

Most

Most

Ltd./authorized

Yes

fee

3

Most

DIY

Broad

<$25k

Web app

free

3

Some

Most

Broad

<$25k

free

2

None

Limited

Ltd./authorized

Yes

<$25k

Native

free

0

Some

Limited

Ltd./open

Yes

>$25k

Native

[2]

free/ fee

3

Most

DIY

Ltd./open

<$25k

1/3

Some

Limited

Ltd./open

Yes

<$25k

Web app

free

3

Most

Most

Broad

0

None

Most

Ltd./authorized

Yes

3

Most

DIY

Ltd./open

Web app

free

free

3

Most

DIY

Direct only

<$25k

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

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GENERAL INFO
Years in Home Control Business No. systems installed systems in the U.S. (thousands)

CHARACTERISTICS
Typical price Third–party No. of of installed subsystems keypads/ system supported touchpads (thousands) (excl. IR) offered No. of touchscreens offered

COMPANY NAME
Savant Systems savantav.com

Key brands

Software– On–screen only (TV) option? display?

5

<5k

Protege, Rosie

$5k–$25k

>100

5–10

>10

No

Yes

Schlage, Ingersoll Rand link.schlage.com

1

>100k

Schlage Link

<$5k

<15

1–4

0

No

No

Schneider Electric mySEhome.com

12

>100k

Square D, C–Bus, Clipsal, Wiser

$5k–$25k (e)

15–50 (e)

5–10

1–4

No

Yes

Stardraw stardraw.com URC (formerly Universal Remote Control) universalremote.com Vantage Controls vantagecontrols.com

5

<5k

Stardraw Control

<$5k

>100

0

0

PC, Mac

No

19

>100k

Complete Control, URC

$5k–$25k

>100

1–4

1–4

No

Yes

24

25k–100k

InFusion, Enspire, ScenePoint, WireLink, RadioLink

>$25

>100

>10

5–10

No

No

Visiomatic/Siedle visiomatic.com

11

<5k

VisiPad, VisiServer

>$25

>100

1–4

>10

No

Yes

Wayne–Dalton wayne–dalton.com/access

6

25k–100k

SALT, Home Settings, Houseport, HomeManager

<$5k

15–50

5–10

1–4

PC, Mac

No

Xanboo xanboo.com

10

25k–100k

ASG Connect, Security Enhanced

<$5k

<15

1–4

1–4

PC, Mac

No

Xantech xantech.com

27

>100k

Video–Link

$5k–$25k

15–50

>10

>10

No

Yes

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

Philips Pronto

URC Complete Control MX-6000

Crestron PMC2 Prodigy Media Controller

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MOBILE DEVICES/ PLATFORMS SUPPORTED
Windows Mobile/Win CE/.net Blackberry RIM OS iPhone interface?

REMOTE ACCESS
Consumers

DIY ACCESS
Consumer programming Sell to consumers?

DEALER ACCESSIBILITY & REQUIREMENTS FOR AUTH. DEALERS
Dealer base Distribution Purchasing Req.

Training

Android

Dealers

Demo
Yes Yes Yes

Other

CLAIM TO FAME (FROM COMPANY)
Apple–based control, automation and entertainment system solution, Savant technology unifies all audio, video, lighting, security, climate, communications and Internet into one seamless experience. 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. With 170 years of experience in the electrical industry, Schneider has fine–tuned its craft to create the C–Bus Home Control system and Wiser IP–enabled automation solution. Software–based, open–architecture, universal control platform. Control/monitor any device over any protocol. Use any PC or Web–capable device as a UI. Control anything, over anything, from anything, anywhere. Founded on remote controls, URC now offers whole–house control options. Best known for the build quality and reliability of products.

Native

free

1

None

Limited

Ltd./open

Yes

<$25k

Web app

fee

3

Some

Limited

Ltd./open

Web app

free

1

None

Limited

Web app

free

free

3

Most

Most

Broad

Yes

1/3

None

Limited

Ltd./authorized

>$25k

Web app

free

fee

1

None

Limited

Direct only

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. A single display can be used by anyone for simple and convenient control of all technology within the premises –– including communication, information and entertainment –– both on site and remotely. 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. 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. Pioneer in infrared–red technology for audio/ video systems. Expertise in high–value control, audio and video products and systems. Solutions for every conceivable A/V control application.

Native

0

None

Limited

Direct only

Yes

free

free/ fee

2

Some

Most

Broad

Yes

<$25k

Native

[3]

fee

fee

3

None

Most

Broad

Yes

free

3

Some

Most

Ltd./open

Yes

<$25k

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

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HAI OmniTouch 5.7e

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SUBSYSTEMS OFFERED

COMPANY NAME
2gig Technologies 2gig.com 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 Cortexa Automation cortexa.com Crestron Electronics crestron.com Elan Home Systems elanhomesystems.com Elk Products, Inc. elkproducts.com Embedded Automation EmbeddedAutomation.com Exceptional Innovation life–ware.com Home Automated Living automatedliving.com Home Automation Inc. (HAI) homeauto.com 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 Remote Technologies Inc (RTI) rticorp.com IN, ZW IN, ZW ZW ZW ZW ZW

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SUBSYSTEMS OFFERED

COMPANY NAME
Residential Control Systems (RCS) resconsys.com Sand Hill Engineering shed.com Savant Systems savantav.com Schlage, Ingersoll Rand link.schlage.com Schneider Electric mySEhome.com Stardraw stardraw.com URC universalremote.com Vantage Controls vantagecontrols.com Visiomatic/Siedle visiomatic.com Wayne–Dalton wayne–dalton.com/access Xanboo xanboo.com 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 ZW

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5 Things People Might Not Know About Your Automated Systems
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. com/tour.html

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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 features

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