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BeagleBone Home Automation Blueprints

By : Rodolfo Giometti
Book Image

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

Setting up the software

This time, we have to set up two programs: the mailer and the motion detection system. The former, used to send the alarm e-mail message, is very simple and easy to set up; while the latter, used to implement the intrusions detection system, is a bit more complicated due to the fact that it supports tons of different devices and features.

Setting up the mailer

As requested by this project, we should alert the user about possible intrusions by sending them an e-mail. There exists several ways to send an e-mail on a UNIX-like system, and the most commonly used is the mail command that is called with the following command:

echo "Test message" | mail -s "test mail" [email protected]


For further information about the mail program, the reader can take a look at its man pages (using the man mail command) or start reading about it at

The real problem is that this command relays on the system mailer, which is the real...