Many automation hubs rely on a "proprietary vendor cloud" to function. This means every interaction with your system first goes to the vendor then to your Hub. Hobson supports keeping everything local — no information leaves the Hub unless you want it to.
Hobson is not tied to any particular vendor's hardware. This allows you to use smart devices that work best for your needs. And with its robust APIs, if support for a smart device hasn't already been done by the Hobson community, you can do it yourself!