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Home Automation with Linux

Oct 16, 2009, 15:32 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nathan Willis)

"Smart control of household appliances and utilities begins at the low end with plug-and-play radio frequency (RF) and powerline modules and relays that can easily interface with a small home server in charge of scheduling and monitoring. At the high end, a home automation setup may include environmental controls, home security systems, and many other add-ons, which--despite the name--are important concerns for businesses as well as residential customers. ,p>"Lighting and environmental controls (such as heating and air conditioning) are the most common home automation targets. Both can be activated according to a fixed schedule, or respond to sensor data such as ambient light or temperature, and can be programmed to behave differently according to the time of day, day of the week, or season. Security systems, such as lighting that responds to motion sensors, door/window triggers, and video surveillance cameras, can also be tied in to home automation systems, making it possible to activate lights if a window break is detected, in addition to calling the police or other standard security responses."

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