Home automation technology is a relatively new field and the home automation products available in the market are expensive, so not everybody can afford these devices. However, looking at the increasing popularity of home automation, most manufacturing companies are trying to develop products that will be affordable to the middle class customers.
Home Automation Inc also known as HAI began the production of home automated devices in 1985. The founders Jay McLellan, Tom Pickral and Brian Yokum were from the commercial industry and concentrated their efforts in home automation.
The first home automation product known as the Домашняя автоматизация Model 1503, was introduced in 1988 and was meant for fire and burglar protection, home lighting and appliance control. HAI’s annual sales increased as the years passed and presently they market their own line of home automated products. Home Automation Inc developed the Omni Control system, Weblink , Omnistat Communicating Thermostat and the OmniPto Control System, during the period from 1994 to 99. The company won the Leadership Award for Home Automation in the year 1999, when Jay McLellan was the President of the company.
The Omni LT was introduced in the market in 2000. It was aimed at the European markets and the products were meant for homes, apartments and townhouses. HAI received an award for the best new product and the Judges Choice Award in that year for the Omni LT.
In 2001, HAI introduced Web-Link II, a software that has Windows -based video capabilities, wireless control and access through PDA or Internet phones. HAI expanded their sales, production facilities and warehousing facilities. Omni II was also introduced during the year. As a replacement to Omni Pro, HAI released OmniPro II in 2002. Web Link II has been modified to do video recording and most of the Omni accessories have also been modified due to the entry of new controllers, sensors and mounting plates.
Omni Touch, which used a touch screen interface, was launched in the market in 2003. It went on to win the CES Innovations Award and also won the Achievement Award (SIA). HAI got into an agreement with CompUSA for reselling their products in the market. In 2004, HAI began offering backlit consoles in ‘cool blue’ with Windows software to control the Omni products. Jay McLellan was rated among the top ten influential industry leaders. HAI also bagged the Design Excellence Award in 2004. In 2005, HAI expanded its manufacturing facilities and undertook other activities such as training, engineering, marketing, technical support and warehousing.
Although Hurricane Katrina damaged their manufacturing facilities, they managed to recover quickly and re-opened operations in April 2006. The Omni Ile control system that can connect to the Ethernet port was launched in 2006. They upgraded Web-Link II and forayed into lighting control, by introducing the stylish Lumina light control systems. They also received the “Innovator of The Year” award in 2006. McLallan was selected for the Frost and Sullivan Award as best CEO of the year for 2006.
Home Automation Inc is a trusted brand having a large number of satisfied customers all over the world. It is definitely the leader in the home automation industry and undertakes research in the field to come up with new innovations each year.