Home Automation with Linux

“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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