A handful of leading manufacturers have introduced products that connect automation systems to smart devices so consumers and industry professionals can monitor and control settings using a Web-enabled app. Here is a breakdown of the protocol adapters currently known to be on the market:

Company: Hayward Pool Products
Product: Aqua Connect
Key features: Monitor pool and spa settings, adjust parameters and receive an automatic alert if a problem is detected; manage pH and sanitization to achieve the perfect water chemistry; turn lights on and off; activate waterfalls and more
Device compatibility: Any Web-enabled device, including iPad, iPhone, iPad Touch, Android phones and tablets, Blackberry, notebooks, desktops, Macs and more.

Company: Pentair Aquatic Systems
Product: ScreenLogic2
Key features: Ability to control IntelliChem (automated chemical management system), IntelliChlor (salt chlorine generator), IntelliBrite LED light shows and IntelliFlo variable-speed pumps; compatible with IntelliTouch (high end) and EasyTouch (mid-range) automation controls; all-new, refined interface; support for IntelliChem; system alerts; IntelliChem history page, and expansion to EasyTouch
Device compatibility: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

Company: Zodiac Pool Systems
Product: iAquaLink

Key features: Simple setup and programming of variable-speed pumps, cleaners, lighting, waterfalls, temperature control and monitoring of system status; can be used as the only user interface, or combined with Zodiac’s complete line of wall-mounted or wireless AquaLink controllers; seamless integration with any existing Aqualink control system in a simple upgrade kit; multiple pools can be controlled from a single app
Device compatibility: Operable with virtually any smart device, tablet, e-reader, or Web-enabled device; works with any Web browser