A communications system used to control lights, heating, cooling, security cameras and other devices in a home or office. The network connection uses existing electric lines or operates wireless. The network may be manually operated, run on a timer or be controlled from an app in a smartphone or tablet. See smart home, X10, Insteon, ZigBee, Z-Wave, UPB, Home Plug & Play, CEBus and domotics.
This intelligence not only makes the products easy to install, it means that as electronic home improvement devices are added to the home, they will all 'talk' to each other and become part of a home control network.
ZigBee Alliance was promoted, among others, by leading names like Texas Instruments, Philips, Schneider, NXP, Silicon Labs, SmartThings and Comcast to drive home control networks targeted at smart homes.