The first home automation system was invented in London in the early 1700s and advertised in 1744. The mechanical butler’s bell system was immensely popular and became a standard feature of large Victorian households by the 19th century. It was an elaborate system of pulls and wires that led from each room in a great house to a central bell room for the household’s staff. Each wire ended with a bell on a coiled mechanical spring (our logo) labeled with the room of the house from which the wire came, allowing staff to know where attention was needed whenever a bell range.
Such bell systems were used to send for the butler, footmen, valets, and in the finest estates - an underbutler. The underbutler’s role was to act as the butler’s assistant, and to fill in during a butler's illness or absence. Due to its nature as a supporting role for household management, having an underbutler was an exclusive privilege reserved only for the most prestigious homes.
The days of mechanical bell pull systems are long gone, but as the saying goes - the more things change, the more they stay the same. Internet connected smart home systems invented in Silicon Valley are the home automation systems of today. Pulls and wires have been replaced with smart phones, voice commands, and wireless technology. Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and Google Home systems with their connected devices are today’s butlers, ready to act upon one’s every command - Butlers Reinvented™. We are these modern butlers’ assistant, ready to provide technical assistance for every aspect of managing the modern smart home. We are today’s Underbutler ®.
Our name, Underbutler, and our logo, the Victorian mechanical butler’s bell, honor those first home automation systems of a grander time. They serve as daily reminders that pride of workmanship and service excellence are noble endeavors, steeped in over 250 years of tradition.
We strive to emulate the exceptional service qualities synonymous with British butlership in every engagement for both the systems we implement and our staff.
Our goal is to provide the best smart home services available to customers of all ages. Call today to see what Underbutler ® can do for you, (214) 210-5444.