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Hubitat the privacyfocused smart home hub launches its longawaited app

first_img See it Review • Google Nest Hub review: Still the smart display to beat • Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house $99 See It CNET Smart Home Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Dell See It Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now 1 Share your voice Amazon Privacy Philips Hubitat The Hubitat Elevation smart-home hub promises more privacy than the competition by keeping all of the data it needs to power your smart home stored locally. The rules needed for your door sensor to trigger your alarm or for your Ecobee smart thermostat to talk to your Philips Hue smart light bulbs are all stored on the device instead of the cloud. Up until this point, Hubitat was missing one key element common to most smart-home systems — an app. You had to set up your system in a web browser. You could access that browser from your phone, but Hubitat didn’t have an interface designed for it. Hubitat actually promised an app at CES this year as it launched its newest hub, and the company finally debuted the app for iOS and Android on Thursday.The app comes with push notifications and a customizable dashboard. You’ll be able to access any of your gadgets remotely — Hubitat works with a wide variety of third-party gadgets from brands like Lutron and Yale. It also works with Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant. You can use the app to set up rules involving presence detection or geofencing — so your smart home acts differently depending on if you’re home or away. Hubitat will maintain its dedication to privacy by limiting geofencing to a specific boundary — so it won’t track your GPS at all times, it simply knows when your phone crosses a designated line. If you’re using the app at home, your phone can talk directly to the Hubitat app to keep your commands local. You’ll be able to use the app to access your devices from anywhere, and controlling your home remotely will involve the cloud — and might be part of the reason Hubitat took so long to launch an app in the first place. Nevertheless, the processing and rules storage should still happen on the hub itself, with the cloud used mostly as a bridge.Before the app, the Hubitat system looked mostly aimed at avid smart-home DIYers as opposed to those with a casual interest in connected tech. In addition to the added privacy of local processing, the main benefit was the enhanced customization. You could set up a wide variety of rules using many different sensors and devices. A simplified app might help Hubitat find a broader appeal.You can buy the company’s new Hubitat Elevation hub for $90 on the company’s site.  Best Buy Mentioned Above Google Home Hub How To • Google Assistant, Android Q, Google Nest Hub Max: Google’s big plans for the rest of the yearcenter_img $79 News • Get the Google Nest Hub for just $67 reading • Hubitat — the privacy-focused smart home hub — launches its long-awaited app Smart Home Google Nest Hub Preview • Google Home Hub joins the fight to put a screen on your countertop Comment See It Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) $99 Walmart $99 Tags CNET Smart Home CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See Alllast_img read more