Home Control Assistant

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HCA 13.1
Released 12-July-2016

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The Home Control Assistant is a full featured Home Automation application. Using HCA you can control, program, and schedule lights and appliances using many popular automation protocols.

Looking to get started with HCA or to test drive this software? Read the Getting Started Guide.

Unlike other home control systems, HCA is designed to not just control your home but also to program it. You don't need to accept the simple "control a device" offered by some automation solutions. Using HCA you can create an automation solution that responds to your needs by combining multiple devices in complex scenarios involving events, time, location, state of the home, etc. into one program. These programs express your intent of how your installation should work.

HCA Plus works in a client-server mode and offers clients for the iPad, iPhone, Android tablets and phones, and Windows. HCA also supports Amazon Alexa voice control.

With these client applications you are not locked into an application that displays as it wants to. You can create the page structure you see when interacting with the HCA client on your mobile device. This can be configured on a device-by-device basis and on a user-by-user basis. For some users, the display can show a complete set of pages for each room. For other users it can display a smaller set of only selected devices. For least technical users you can create a simple keypad like interface that offers only those actions you want to make available for them.

In one inclusive package HCA provides for creation and operation of simple to complex automation designs. The top 20 feature list:

  1. Integrates Insteon, UPB, and other power line technologies
  2. Supports IP addressed IR interfaces and whole-house wireless
  3. Can be used in a client-server mode with multiple simultaneous read-write and read-only clients for complete local and remote access to design
  4. Amazon Alexa support
  5. Clients for Windows, Android, and iOS
  6. Visual tools for scheduling and programming
  7. A "room" model that allows complex device interaction with no programming needed
  8. Unlimited number of programs to respond to events. Constructed in a graphical manner from over 60 different actions
  9. Supports text based scripts in any scripting language that can utilize the extensive HCA object model
  10. Two user interfaces: one for development and the other for control only deployment
  11. Integrate into the HCA user Interface views of other applications: security, power management, and cameras using HTML views
  12. Send email and SMS messages as part of a program action
  13. Create and view Insteon scenes in a graphical manner and remotely program those scenes into Insteon devices
  14. Bridge power line technologies by using multiple power line interfaces simultaneously. Create bridge maps to automatically translate between different technology commands
  15. Integrates weather data from a variety of sources including Weather Underground
  16. Powerful "whole house modes" for quick power saving programming
  17. Background design checker quickly locate design problems
  18. Configurable Alert Mechanism for handling exceptional conditions during operation
  19. Many tools for creating, viewing, modifying, and documenting the design

And finally, HCA is well documented in an extensive User Guide and Video series.

HCA runs on the Windows Operating System on any version post XP including Windows 10

The Home Control Assistant offers three different flavors, each one has different capabilities for your home automation needs. Check out the Flavor Comparison chart for details on supported devices and features included in each flavor.

Home Control Assistant Touch Screen Interface Home Control Assistant Power Track Graph Home Control Assistant Visual Programmer Home Control Assistant Visual Scheduler

Check out the Features page for a great summary about this product, or experience the power and flexibility of HCA with a Free Trial.