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The History of Home Automation Inc. No organization or company will reach their peak of success without looking back to their history. They can learn a great deal about their past mistakes, and they can use it to their advantage. Home automation is a field that is new to most people. And there are companies that supply the world with home automation devices. Since many people find home automation devices expensive, these companies are developing ways to make home automation reasonably priced so that middle class customers can afford it. Home Automation Inc. or HAI began its operation in 1985. Their primary aim is to provide the market of automation products. HAI's founders were all from the commercial industry, they are Jay McLellan, Brian Yokum, and Tom Pickral. With their superior expertise, they concentrated their efforts to home automation. They were able to introduce their new product in 1988, the Model 1503. It is for burglar and fire protection, appliance control, and lighting; it is a single versatile product programmable for home automation. As years passed, their annual sales increased and now they have their own product line and their list of customers grew steadily. From 1994 to 1999, HAI was able to offer many lines of home automation products including the Omni control system, Omnistat Communicating Thermostat, Weblink, and OmniPto control system. The president of the company then was Jay McLellan and they received the Leadership Award for Home Automation in 1999. In the year 2000, HAI introduced to the market the control system especially designed for homes called Omni LT. They aimed at the European market and their products were for townhouses, homes, and apartments. There was a product showcase in New York that year, and they received the award as the finest new product. They also received the Choice Awards of the judges. Web-link II was introduced by HAI in 200

1. The software now has video capabilities via the media technology of Windows, wireless control and access through Internet phones, PDAs, and the homeowners are e-mailed on pre-programmed events. Later that year, Omni II was introduced. This year is a very important one for HAI because they were able to double their warehouse size and facilities, and their sales force was expanded. In 2002, OmniPro II was released and it replaced the first OmniPro. It was included in the top products of that same year, according to a magazine, Electronic House. Web-link II is now capable of video recording and their Omni accessories expanded because of the entry of new sensors, controllers, and mounting plates. 2003 was the year when OmniTouch was introduced. It used the touch screen interace and is very economical; and it received many awards including CES innovations Award and Achievement Award (SIA). It was regarded as part of the products which made a high impact in the market. This year, HAI made an agreement with CompUSA, and their line of products was included in the latter's reselling program. During 2004, new products were again introduced. They offered backlit consoles in 'cool blue', and they offered Windows software which can control the Omni family. McLellan again received an award as being included in the top 10 of the most influential leaders in the industry. They also received the Design Excellence award by ADEX. By 2005, HAI's manufacturing facility expanded to 51,000 sq ft in New Orleans. They were able to add additional resources such as testing, training, marketing, engineering, technical support, and more warehouse space. Hurricane Katrina damaged HAI's facility but they quickly recovered and re-opened in April 2006. This year, the company offered Omni IIe control system which can connect to the Ethernet port. They also upgraded Web-link II. HAI expanded in lighting control and they shipped 1000, 1500, 2400 watts of switches. Last March 2006, they introduced Lumina control systems. The Lumina is a stylish lighting system which is very easy to set up in existing or new homes. You can even choose among many accessories and options. HAI received the award 'innovator of the year' in New Orleans and McLellan won the Frost and Sullivan Award as CEO of the year in the 2006 Building Technologies. The company has made a big name in home automation industry. It is one of the trusted suppliers of quality home automation devices all over the world.


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