Modern Home Automation

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Scheduled: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 from 3:45 – 4:30pm in B201

Excerpt

There are a few different options available to you to control your home automation system.

Many manufacturers make it convenient to use their system by not only making a convenient to install their products and use their interface, but will actually host all the software portions for you. Many provide apps for your IOS or Android device and have web interfaces for your laptop as well, making the control of these devices very streamlined and simple, especially if there are many devices to be managed.

Other more DIY-approach solutions also have interfaces to control your automation, although require a bit more setup. For example, with the power strip in the previous example, you first need to connect it to your wireless network, and then you'll be able to use the supplied phone/tablet app to toggle the ports on/off. As with anything DIY: The sky's the limit, although it requires more technical understanding of what's going on.

Description

It’s been a common dream of many people to be able to automate some part of their lives. Some dream of simply automating bill pay tasks while others seek something greater. I remember wishing I could make sure the door was locked at night before I go to bed at night.

Home automation has come a long way since the unreliable wired systems of the 1990s. In the beginning there were only a few systems that allowed regular people to delve into this field, and they were often prohibitely expensive, difficult to set up, and unreliable to boot.

In 2014 what’s changed? The technology has gotten better for sure, but is it really ready for people to begin putting forth the effort to realize their ambitions? In this talk I’d like go guide you through the options available including what’s reasonably possible to do these days, different manufacturers, standards on the market, and what is worth researching and installing.

Tags

home automation, linux, DIY, automation

Speaking experience

This is a new talk, I haven't given this talk anywhere else before.

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Speaker

  • Ben Kero

    Mozilla

    Biography

    Sysadmin, DevOps engineer, embedded Linux hacker, hardware enthusiast

    Sessions

      • Title: Modern Home Automation
      • Track: Cooking
      • Room: B201
      • Time: 3:454:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        There are a few different options available to you to control your home automation system.

        Many manufacturers make it convenient to use their system by not only making a convenient to install their products and use their interface, but will actually host all the software portions for you. Many provide apps for your IOS or Android device and have web interfaces for your laptop as well, making the control of these devices very streamlined and simple, especially if there are many devices to be managed.

        Other more DIY-approach solutions also have interfaces to control your automation, although require a bit more setup. For example, with the power strip in the previous example, you first need to connect it to your wireless network, and then you’ll be able to use the supplied phone/tablet app to toggle the ports on/off. As with anything DIY: The sky’s the limit, although it requires more technical understanding of what’s going on.

      • Speakers: Ben Kero