With Apple’s announcement of the HomeKit smart home system it seemed a sensible time to look at the competition and what a more traditional Smart Home could do. Loxone Smart Home gives us a good look at such a system. Their website is well laid out and has many case studies of set-ups people have implemented. The biggest question people often have with a Smart System is what can I do with it and these projects answer that question well.
Loxone divides things into four levels of output, control, input and configure. In other words what it can do, the backend, what you can control it with and setup. For the end user the two crucial parts are the output and input – what it can do and how you can control it. The output that Loxone can handle includes curtains and blinds, lighting, heating, energy saving, music and comfort and security. The input includes apps for Android and iOS, a web interface and physical buttons.
It is a complete and impressive system and if you are planning to install an entire system in a home looks to be a sensible and realistic option. Apple’s approach is to be the control section of the system and let others build the outputs. It potentially makes for a more flexible expansion of the system but we will have to see what happens as the market develops.