Software is the big topic this year. JDS Technologies deal with
Premises Systems seems to have fizzled. While
HomeSeer software products
are coming on strong. Some time in May 2001 Homeseer introduced
a plug-in for the JDS Technologies Stargate Home Automation
controller. Homeseer has recently released a more comprehensive
version of the plug-in. The new version includes an installer
and additional online help files. Because of the web interface
and ease of use the product is building a strong following. This
is an end used product, very easy to setup and use.
grassroots effort by Bill McMahon and several members of the
JDS-Users list is starting to wrap up beta testing. Sounds like
a very promising product. This has been a two year effort.
StarCOM will be a great tool for the anyone with programming
knowledge. You get all the programming tools you need from
StarCOM, to build your user interface the way you want it.
StarCOM will probably be one of the biggest improvement for
Stargate. This will be the software that allows the nuts and
bolts Stargate owner to bring it all together to create a
comprehensive Home Automation system.
There has not been
much of a change on the JDS Technologies hardware front. We got
two software releases in 2001 Mostly bug correction. JDS
Technologies did start offering classes for the Stargate Home
Automation controller at there San Diego offices.