Software Control of Home Automation Systems
Last year I presented a talk on home automation at OSCON, focusing on the hardware aspects. This year my home automation talk will cover the software aspects of controlling home automation systems; topics include:o Software control of electrical devices in the home, e.g. lights, motors, appliances, bells o Detection of light conditions, e.g. dusk, dawn o Detection of motion o Collection of telephone caller-id information and its dissemination o Using a wireless remote to activate computer programs o Scheduling home automation tasks using cron o Monitoring activity and taking secondary actions o Writing scripts to simplify home automation tasks
Practical applications include turning off all the lights at night, summoning everyone for mealtime, and broadcasting caller-id
information to all computers. The talk will cover the use of the ‘heyu’ open source home automation program. Examples will include the
creation of ‘bash’-based stand-alone scripts, background daemons, and cron additions.
Bruce Momjian has been involved with open source since 1991 and has contributed to many open source projects. He is a co-founder of the PostgreSQL Global Development Group and has worked on Postgres since 1996. Bruce is also the author of PostgreSQL: Introduction and Concepts, published by Addison-Wesley. Before joining EnterpriseDB, Bruce was employed by Software Research Associates Open Source Solutions (SRA OSS) in their Postgres support division. Previously, he was vice president of database development at Great Bridge LLC, another Postgres support company. Bruce is a frequent speaker at open source conferences around the world.
Matthew Momjian is an 12th grader who has been interested in computers since he can remember. Tracing his roots back to his father’s BSD/OS server (still running), which he learned to use around the age of 5, he is proficient in a number of programming languages.
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