Apple announced HomeKit, what appears to be an API for integrating home automation technologies with a single apple IOS interface. While a number of home automation companies have released IOS applications, they tend to focus on controlling their technology only. HomeKit is aimed at integrating all of that control of different devices under a single interface or app.
HomeKit lets your home accessories connect seamlessly to better manage your home. HomeKit delivers a common protocol, secure pairing and the ability to easily control individual or groups of devices throughout the house including integration with Siri®. For example, you can tell Siri you are “going to bed” and it could dim the lights, lock your doors, close the garage door and set the thermostat.