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  Reply # 917685 20-Oct-2013 12:01
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I have light switches that turn on and off. :)




Check out my LPFM Radio Station at www.thecheese.co.nz cool


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  Reply # 918849 20-Oct-2013 21:13
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  • lights indoor/outside
  • motion detectors throughout
  • subwoofer turns on when it detects the TV power consumption >50w and off when tv turned off. Also set to turn off at 10:30 at night.
  • In my study monitors/G27/amp turns on/off when I enter/exit the room
  • Fish pond turned on twice a day
  • Pool Vacuum turns on once a day
  • Outdoor lights turn on when I get within 500m of home
  • TTS Welcome greeting when my wife or I return home (using mobile location to determine who)
  • Roomba turns on when we are both out
  • Kindle HD wall mounted tablets (touchscreen switches)
  • TTS IVR/Answerphone
  • Caller ID Name/Number pops up under MCE7 w/ TTS
  • Touch screens change to show security cam when motion detected
  • Touch screens revert to slide show after 2 mins of inactivity before turning off after 30 mins
  • Weekly TTS rubbish reminder
  • Heated towel rails controlled based on time of day and temp
  • HVAC based on occupancy (IR control units I have suck though)
  • Assorted home theatre automation based around MCE with Xbox/DMA2100/Ceton for extenders (time for the DMA to be put in retirement)
Upcoming plans
* Zwave door lock (on order)
* Using Kinect as occupancy detector
* Redesign touchscreens UI for a slightly more modern look.
* Possibly change alarm panel so I can integrate

 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 918864 20-Oct-2013 21:33
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Nice Shimmer - looks very thorough. What ZWave lock are you getting? I am dead keen to get one but the openHAB implementation of ZWave doesn't have support for the SECURITY command class yet.

What sort of alarm panel do you have? I have a Bosch panel and I was able to get an output expansion board which I have hooked up to one of my Raspberry Pis (via a PiFace board) to monitor the alarm state, as well as burglar/fire/trouble alerts. I then bought an extra RF clicker and opened it up and have the arm/disarm buttons being shorted by the outputs of the PiFace. So I can now arm/disarm the alarm and monitor it's status all remotely and using my automatiion software.

I have Fibaro Universal Sensors in each of my alarm PIRs as well, so they still function normally with the alarm panel but I also get ZWave updates when they are tripped. I use these along with door sensors to implement the wasp in a box algorithm which I have found to be very good for detecting presence.

Do you design your touch screen UIs yourself? That is one thing with openHAB, the UI is pretty basic.

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  Reply # 918890 20-Oct-2013 22:15
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this was the door look I ended up ordering (when they had a 25% off sale). Originally I was going to put it in the server cupboard to stop my wife from using it as a hot water cupboard to dry her clothes but have since decided that was a bit of a waste/overkill.

Alarm is DSC Alexor. I haven't seen any write ups on being able to automate it.

With HS you design the UI yourself. It comes with a design tool and a bunch of pre-made buttons/graphics/templates. Screenshot from their website below. It's a bit painful to use, but does give you pretty much limitless design options. My only gripe is the apps don't support 'swipe'.




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  Reply # 918895 20-Oct-2013 23:05
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Just wondering if a Kwikset 910 SmartCode lock will work with the Fibaro Home Center 2 system?






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  Reply # 918920 21-Oct-2013 08:18
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Sony - I have emailed my supplier to find out. Will let you know when I hear back.



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  Reply # 919028 21-Oct-2013 10:44
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Sony - I have just heard back from the Fibaro supplier. They are in the process of beta testing security/lock support in Home Center 2. He wasn't sure about that lock in particular, since he seemed to think it was only available in the US. Are you able to source them for NZ/Oz ZWave frequencies?

He said the Schlage Link lock and the Yale/Lockwood range should be well supported to start with. After that it will be a matter of testing other locks, but all should have basic functionality as long as they support the standard ZWave command classes.

Hope this helps.



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  Reply # 945008 3-Dec-2013 22:49
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Hi there,

I have just launched a new online store here in NZ for home automation equipment, called Smart Things NZ. I would be very interested to hear any feedback or suggestions you might have. It is mainly Fibaro stuff but I am also looking to import more stuff from overseas, mainly Z-Wave devices initially, but open to other suggestions!!

www.smartthingsnz.com

Cheers!
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  Reply # 948943 10-Dec-2013 20:43
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Hey Ben,

I'm interested to know more about your setup for your irrigation system. Assume you've got that hooked up to your automation server as well? What equipment have you used?

Figured it was time to do something a bit more than a timer switch.

cheers



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  Reply # 948971 10-Dec-2013 21:03
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Yeah mate. I ended up ditching my Toros controller and replaced with a Raspberry Pi + 4-way relay board hooked up to the GPIO pins. I use the 24v supply for the irrigation solenoids and down convert it to 5v to power the Pi so it is all running off a single wall wart.

I have a pretty simple python script running on the Pi which acts as a UDP server which my home automation server connects to and sends on/off commands via the openHAB software.

This is achieved using the Piface binding for openHAB (which I wrote as a contribution to openHAB).

So once it was connected to openHAB I was able to write my rules using information from my rain sensors, weather reports from Wunderground, and manual settings like scale factors and run times for each zone.

So now the system checks if there had been any rain recorded by my weather station in the last 24hrs, or any rain is in the forecast for tomorrow, and disabled irrigation if so.

I can set the run time for each zone and then an overall scale factor which is useful in winter to reduce everything by 50% for example.

One of the zones is misters over a fern garden that was struggling a bit in the summer heat so I was able to write a simple rule to run that zone for 5 mins at 10, 1pm and 4 pm, scaling back the time depending on the outside temperature.

The rules are just the icing on the cake, as I am sure you are aware! The key is getting everything connected. So if you have any questions feel free to ask away!

Ben

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  Reply # 948984 10-Dec-2013 21:25
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I've finally finished off my custom touch screen interface. Next job is to build some frames for the Kindles it's going to run on.








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  Reply # 948985 10-Dec-2013 21:28
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Wow. That is a pretty slick looking interface! Great work. How hard would it be to interface to a Raspberry Pi in order to add irrigation control?

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  Reply # 948996 10-Dec-2013 21:55
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Yes I can get it to talk to a pi so that sounds like a possibility. Might be a bit of fun as I have only played with arduino so far so could be a project over Xmas.

What did you do with the Pi in terms of weather proofing? is it installed external to the house in some kind of water proof casing or are you running the solenoid leads into the house?



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  Reply # 949000 10-Dec-2013 21:57
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Yep it lives inside my garage with wires running to the solenoids.

What format are your automation rules? Are you able to share them? I am always interested to see how and what others are automating.

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