The Automation area of this site
describes the various Automation systems that I have set up
around my home, ranging from basic measurement of some physical
properties such as temperature and humidity to simple status
monitoring and control.
Nothing here is "cutting edge", but hopefully, the material here
illustrates that it is possible to deliver an acceptable level
of "home automation" at minimal cost.
The first devices that I used to measure some basic
environmental parameters such as temperature and humidity were
based on Dallas Semiconductor (Maxim
1-Wire devices. This
simple protocol supports a range of low cost devices such as
temperature probes and voltage sensors.
Although simple automation projects are possible using
1-Wire devices, I decided
that I wanted to use a more sophisticated home automation
controller. Having looked at a number of alternatives, I opted
for the HomeVision controller from
Solutions Inc, supplied in the UK by