We’ve talked a lot about the best way to implement home automation into your home. When selecting smart home products it’s very important to look not just at functionality, but also the way in which the product is able to connect to a main hub and other products in the home.
ProgrammableWeb drew more attention to this recently when they encouraged consumers to not focus on Home Automation Apps, but look at the APIs (application programming interface). This is the coding aspect that get’s your smart home products to talk to one another and offers the greatest ease for integration.
“Consumers don’t want to deal with separate proprietary apps for each type of connected device in their home,” said Mark O’Neill, research director at Gartner. “Rather than individual apps, it is the interactions between devices — as well as with service providers and external data sources — that are most compelling to consumers.”
This is a primary reason why we selected a Crestron home automation system at The Greenwich House, by working with an integrator we were able to bring more devices into the home and link them together with singular control panels and mobile apps. Companies like Apple, Google and Amazon are working on integrated DIY home automation systems, but today they are still buggy and pose potential issues as they have competitive restrictions that prevent some products from talking to other competitor systems.