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BeagleBone Home Automation Blueprints

By : Rodolfo Giometti
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BeagleBone Home Automation Blueprints

By: Rodolfo Giometti

Overview of this book

BeagleBone is a microboard PC that runs Linux. It can connect to the Internet and can run OSes such as Android and Ubuntu. BeagleBone is used for a variety of different purposes and projects, from simple projects such as building a thermostat to more advanced ones such as home security systems. Packed with real-world examples, this book will provide you with examples of how to connect several sensors and an actuator to the BeagleBone Black. You’ll learn how to give access to them, in order to realize simple-to-complex monitoring and controlling systems that will help you take control of the house. You will also find software examples of implementing web interfaces using the classical PHP/HTML pair with JavaScript, using complex APIs to interact with a Google Docs account, WhatsApp, or Facebook. This guide is an invaluable tutorial if you are planning to use a BeagleBone Black in a home automation project.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
BeagleBone Home Automation Blueprints
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Chapter 11. A Wireless Home Controller with Z-Wave

In this project, we'll see how to implement a little wireless home controller by using a Z-Wave controller connected with our BeagleBone Black and two Z-Wave devices: a wall plug and a multisensor device. With the former, we'll be able to turn on and off every household appliance connected to it, and, at the same time, measure its power consumption. With the latter, we'll be able to measure several environment variables like temperature, humidity, and luminance (and have a motion detector capability too).

The Z-Wave communication protocol allows us to manage several home automation sensors and actuators wirelessly, so we don't need to modify our pre-existing plant. Also, we can easily add a power consumption measuring system or several environment sensors with a minor impact on the actual home layout.

As a last step, to keep the code simple, but in order to allow the user to easily manage the system, we'll write a simple web interface written...