Free, open smart home platform eases IoT setups

Free, open smart home platform eases IoT setups

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By Rich Pell

It can be used to control, automate and complement smart home setups. As an open platform, openHAB is not tied into one brand and supports many protocols and technologies, which lets consumers mix and match the IoT devices they want.

Being one of the most popular open source home automation solutions, it is an open and future-proof alternative to the likes of Apple HomeKit and Samsung SmartThings and it makes advanced smart home setups available to a wider range of consumers.

Ubuntu snap is a secure universal Linux application format, and makes applications available as a simple one-click download and install from the Ubuntu Appstore LINK. The snap packaging of openHAB makes it simpler for home automation creators to build, test and distribute their smart home services.  

Azul’s Zulu Embedded Java Runtime is the best choice for Java applications such as openHAB on embedded devices. It is available for a wide range of hardware and provides optimal performance on home gateways, PCs or ARM-compatible devices. This also includes the recently launched Raspberry Pi powered Nextcloud Box (Link to other gateways).

“There is clearly a strong demand for smart home applications and devices. However, this often means a vendor lock-in to one particular ecosystem and makes it difficult to use the devices and services that users wish. Every smart home setup is highly individual and hence the product choices vary,” said Kai Kreuzer, president of the openHAB Foundation in a statement.

“With openHAB we have established a universal smart home integration platform, which is vendor-neutral and fully open towards integration with any existing smart home devices and services out there. Our partnership with Ubuntu and Azul makes it simple to quickly setup openHAB in a secure way, without losing the ability for more technically advanced people to create and fine-tune their own applications.”

openHAB requires several components, including Java Runtime, to be installed. The partnership between openHAB, Azul and Ubuntu means openHAB can be packaged, distributed as a single application including a tested Java Runtime without click thru licences. Because openHAB uses the content interface feature of snaps, the application and the Java Runtime can be automatically and individually updated via the Ubuntu app store.

Download openHAB 2.0 here: 

Visit the openHAB Foundation at

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