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A person asks about an integration with Ring (Hubitat already has an integration with Amazon’s Alexa, which also owns Ring) and the thread is immediately filled with engineers, programmers, and aspiring engineers and programmers who dismiss the users question and proceed to tell them how what they’re asking is antithetical to the Hubitat manifesto that no one has seen, but these same people seem to think exists.
Empower consumers to elevate their environment with innovative, intuitive, reliable and private home automation technology that enriches and simplifies their lives. Our robust, open platform provides the flexibility and scalability to enhance other business automation applications in the future.
Tenet 3 of 3:
Home automation should be done locally, period, and here’s why:
- Home automation should work even when the Internet is down.
- Instantaneous response is non-negotiable; the cloud isn’t in the middle.
- Your data should be kept securely at home, where it belongs.
NOWHERE does Hubitat say that cloud services are banned or tabu. In fact, the last sentence of the “Mission“ statement says that the platform is intended to “enhance other business automation applications in the future.”
“Other” - Not Hubitat
“Applications” - Well, unless the plan is to install business applications on the Elevation device itself (it’s not), that means...... a cloud connection.
Want proof that Hubitat is intended to work with cloud platforms? I give you Hubitat’s existing cloud integrations:
- Amazon Alexa (Echo App)
- Amazon Alexa (Echo Skill)
- Google Home
- Google Chromecast
- Sharp Tools
- Philips Hue
I count 11 (ELEVEN) separate cloud service integrations.
Hubitat IS about local execution. They are not big on cloud execution. Absolutely agree, 100%, but ELEVEN cloud integrations does not scream out “Anti-Cloud Prime Directive”
So, if cloud connections are clearly OK:
- What about cloud notification (like a ring at the door from a Ring doorbell, Arlo doorbell, Google/Nest doorbell...)?
- What about cloud video (like a Ring doorbell, or Ring security camera, or Arlo security camera)? Video is not execution.
- What about Thermostats (like the current Ecobee or Honeywell, Google/Nest)?
- Or vacuums (like iRobot Roomba or a half dozen others)?
Strategically, more integrations means more potential clients for Hubitat.
And more integrations DOES NOT mean data exposure for those that choose not to use the cloud services. It doesn’t even mean more data exposure for those that do. Programmatically, cloud services can be both integrated and walled off. Hubitat can choose what to share, and the customer can choose what to share. Imagine that!
All of this to say, The person asked a simple question about a simple service and the community came in like a cult and tried to convince that person that what they were asking was wrong, crazy, not in keeping with the Hubitat way... A way that, from Hubitat’s own Mission statement, IS NOT TRUE.
Folks, enjoy your product. Enjoy your way of using the product. Please don’t turn a simple question (that is valid, deserves an answer, and is an idea consistent with what Hubitat has done 11 times) into a crusade. Please don’t talk down to or demean the fellow user. This is a user community. This is a user support community. I don’t think it’s intended to be a cult.