Free and open code for smart home platform, as a Ubuntu snap

February 10, 2017 // By Graham Prophet
Canonical, openHAB Foundation and Azul Systems have launched the snap packaging of openHAB 2.0, a completely free open smart home platform that acts as a control hub for home IoT setups, that can be an alternative to Apple Homekit and Samsung SmartThings.

OpenHAB 2.0 can be used to control, automate and complement smart home setups. It is an open platform, and therefore is not tied into one brand and supports many protocols and technologies, which allows consumers to mix and match the IoT devices they want.

openHAB is easy to install, highly customisable and comes with great performance across a wide range of hardware from PCs to Raspberry Pis.

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 an appropriate 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).

Kai Kreuzer, president of the openHAB Foundation: “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. 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.”

Mike Bell, EVP Devices & IoT at Canonical / Ubuntu: “Making it easier for consumers to use and secure their smart homes regardless of the hardware is an important step to broadening the uptake of IoT