Chapter 14

Controlling Your Home from One Platform

In This Chapter

arrow Wading through the muddle of multiple control platforms

arrow Striving for platform unity

arrow Getting to know today’s leaders in control unity

All for one and one for all.

— Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers

You’ve done your homework on what systems will make your home automation dreams come true, and you’ve probably installed some home automation goodies. Life couldn’t be sweeter!

Or could it?

Think about it: You’ve got gadget after gadget, each from a different manufacturer, and each with its own way to control the items inside and outside your home. You have an app that controls your light, another that automates your stove, one that operates the door locks, yet another that coordinates the security system, still another handling the thermostat, and on and on it goes. Where it stops, nobody knows. I think you catch my drift: It’s exhausting just thinking about opening an app, closing another one, opening yet another (oh no, the interface is entirely different!) — closing that app, lather, rinse, and repeat.

What to do, my weary home automation friend? What knight in shining armor will save us home automation ...

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