Home automation is not the future, it is in fact the present. While not an absolute necessity, it has proven to further enrich and optimize the lives of those who can avail of them. That being said, investing in such a system relies heavily on the types of services that you need, and the level of integration that you want.
To that end, we have listed some of the best home automation companies today that could cater to all of your automation requirements. As a relatively young industry, the market is still further branching out. But these companies have proven to be a cut above the rest when it comes to the technologies available to them, and the ease of entry they provide to the potentially non-tech-savvy user.
With the high level of integration Google provides when it comes to networkable electronic devices, it is unsurprising that they have branched out to smart home automation. Google Nest is a corporate result of the tech giant’s acquisition of Nest Labs, and since then all of the company’s smart products fall under this system category. Whatever you may need for a smart home system, they most likely already have. Smart thermostats, smoke detectors, security cameras, fire alarms, video doorbells, smart locks, and a whole lot more.
Amazon is a company that provides great smart home automation via its Alexa virtual assistant ecosystem. Their core smart home automation devices include the Echo smart speakers, Echo show, Ring Always Home Cam, Astro Household Robot, and much more. With the addition of other compatible devices (sometimes from other compatible smart home companies), a complex suite of different electronic devices can be controlled from a central hub via apps or voice commands for enhanched home automation.
3. Apple HomeKit
Championing its platform as a service marketing strategy, Apple’s smart ecosystem has extended its iOS and MacOS interfaces to include the HomeKit smart home automation solution. This way, the rest of your home’s compatible smart devices such as doorbells, smart plugs, and motion sensors can also be seamlessly integrated into the same app center as your iPhones, iPads, and Macs.
Honeywell is a modern multinational tech company specializing in industrial control, aerospace, and smart home solutions. The company has a good number of exclusive appliances compatible with its system, ranging from air cleanings, and humidifiers, to wireless doorbells and even its most popular smart thermostat. Honeywell Home is the name of its smart product line, each one of which is compatible to interface with most other smart home partners such as Alexa, HomeKit, Google Assistant, and SmartThings, among others.
5. Samsung SmartThings
Samsung SmartThings is an extension and culmination of Samsung’s foray into the IoT industry and smart device development. As such, any fairly modern Samsung electronic device or appliance that has any connectivity feature to it would most likely be able to connect with its central hub. This makes switching between devices effortless, as well as provides remote access to every single electronic function that you have at home. SmartThings also works with compatible lights, locks, thermostats, and other smaller IoT devices as well.
6. Schneider Electric
Schneider Electric is primarily an energy management company that provides individual solutions based on average homes. As such, the company is already inherently an automation solutions company at the onset. Climate control, lighting management, shutter/switch automation, as well as smart appliance home integration, are just some of its services. Interface compatibility is also flexible, with open support for popular assistants such as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
More known as a mobile service and hardware provider overseas. However, Siemens actually specializes in a wide variety of tech fields, including energy, and healthcare. For Germans at least, it was not a bit surprising when the multinational conglomerate eventually ventured into the smart home automation industry. As with other electronics companies already offering appliance products, its smart systems allow integration of updated versions of their products, as well as other compatible appliances that can make use of its proprietary smart system “Logo!”.
8. Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls first started offering HVAC, security, and building tech solutions as its business model. With the connectivity advancements offered to machines and devices within these fields, the company has inevitably adopted smart solutions for the very same services it originally provided. For example, Johnson Controls now provides automated and remote-controlled HVAC smart systems, as well as smart security (detectors, scanners) and safety (pumps, filters) devices that can connect to the same interface as the rest of its products.
Legrand already has its secure footing in the switches and sockets industry. Therefore, the move to develop its smart plugs and control hubs is simply considered the next step toward the business’ evolution. It’s not just active control of artificial lighting, because the company also offers a complex suite of applications that can dynamically adjust home shading for natural light control. Aside from that, acoustic level control, thermostat options, as well as standard security features such as smart locks, outdoor cameras, sensors, and door access systems are also available.
Crestron Electronics is a very modern development and services company that specializes in audio-visual equipment, particularly building its control system and smart enhancement features. When it comes to smart home automation, though, its offerings are pretty much the same as its longer-established competitors. Its central control hub, the Crestron Home, allows perfect control among devices connected to its platform by just tweaking settings in its app. This is especially useful for its surveillance systems, for which the original specialty of the company is well invested for.
11. ABB Ltd.
ABB Ltd. is a Sweden-based company that focuses on robotics, heavy equipment, and the automation of these products. Some of the applications provided for these services were spun off into home automation systems, which became the backbone of its relatively affordable and effective network and data security features for access and surveillance systems. As for the basic smart device control schemes, the bread and butter offerings of lighting control, climate control, and voice activation are ever-present.
Control4 is a modern tech company that focuses solely on home automation. It offers a wide selection of compatible devices to use with its Smart Home OS, from basic stuff like lighting and sound systems to heavier stuff like security, direct comms channels, and theater systems. The company advertises heavily on its intuitive setup and use, which provides very simple instructions, and very simple menus that still provide adequate granular control over every individual connected device or appliance.
The ADT Corporation is a security firm that specializes in the hardware aspect of setting up electronic systems. As such, most of the company’s smart automation service offerings do not have the usual remote control access hub for regular devices. Instead, warning sensors such as fire alarms and smoke detectors are used. For direct home security, smart garage controllers and smart plugs are often the go-to product to use.
Savant Systems is another company founded as a home automation specialist right from the onset. They’ve managed to cut through the competition by offering advanced smart home controllers, which are then integrated seamlessly with compatible home devices (lighting, climate control, entertainment) from its product catalog.
Guardian Protection, as expected of its namesake, specializes in automated home security. It offers keyless smart locks, garage door controls, glass break detection systems, and camera monitoring. The Guardian IQ2 is its central control hub, introduced as an advanced automation system controller with more robust encryption technology.
Bosch – within its energy and building technology division is its home automation services, for which it offers central app control for its wide variety of compatible electronic products.
Ingersoll-Ran – the Trane Home App central hub incorporates industrial factory-level precise automation with its set of security-based devices, lighting control, and climate control sensors.
Elan – Elan’s home automation system integrates your home’s lighting controls, climate control, entertainment system, and even security system into one, easy-to-access interface package.
Vivint – its cloud-based monitoring service Sky, is capable of detecting occupants inside a household so that the user always knows how many people are inside. They also offer a number of the more essential smart control systems for connected devices.
Lutron Electronics – the last one on the list with probably the least amount of services and integration. But, it still counts as its lighting automation systems still offer a decent amount of remote control and adjustment.