When we talk about intelligent homes wherein everything is controlled and monitored, the most practical and future proof solution is KNX.
KNX makes it possible for all electrical equipment to talk to each other in one common language, so any device can be reached through the network. It means equipment of any brand, from touchscreens, to lights, to i-pod docks, heating systems, security cameras, blind motors, TV's and satellite boxes can all work together and "talk" to each other to provide one intelligent system. This super system provides more in terms of comfort, convenience, security and energy saving then seperate stand alone systems.
Whatsmore the range of touchpads and touchscreens available are some of the most luxurious and sophisticated on the market, and because the system is independent of any central part, these can easily be updated and reprogrammed with minimum disruption.