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[News] Home Automation and Why It's Better off Done with Linux

  • Subject: [News] Home Automation and Why It's Better off Done with Linux
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 16 Oct 2009 22:48:43 +0100
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Home Automation with Linux

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| Home automation may sound like a science-fiction 
| dream, but in reality it is not only commonplace, 
| but relatively simple to get started, especially 
| with Linux.
| [...]
| Like any large-scale project, home automation 
| demands a time investment, whether you take the 
| do-it-yourself approach or use a whole-house 
| system. Setting up the modules, designing 
| lighting scenarios, and planning then testing the 
| schedules takes time. There is also a hardware 
| investment--even the simplest and cheapest 
| standard, X10, begins to add up once you purchase 
| a dozen or more modules and controllers; INSTEON 
| and the other standards can be an order of 
| magnitude more expensive. Still, the open source 
| device drivers and Linux-based whole-house 
| management systems are vastly less expensive than 
| proprietary options, and like all open source 
| code, offer the user unlimited freedom to 
| customize.



Open Source Automation

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| SERCOS International (SI) has announced it will provide an open source
| software driver library for the SERCOS lll real-time Ethernet communication
| system master implementation. SERCOS III thus will be the first high
| performance real-time protocol which makes driver software available as
| source code, without any license fees and without any usage limitations.
| [...]
| OSADL eG is an international cooperative that promotes and coordinates the
| usage of open-source software in the context of machine and plant control
| systems. OSADL represents the interests of machine builders, manufacturers of
| automation hardware and software, and open-source service providers. Any
| company can become a member of the cooperative.


Automation computer runs Linux from flash

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| Moxa has announced a 19-inch rackmount computer that is intended for power
| substations and other industrial automation applications. The DA-681 runs
| Linux from flash storage and includes a 1GHz Celeron processor, four RS232
| ports, eight RS485 ports, six Ethernet ports, and dual power inputs, says
| Moxa.


Home Automation the Nokia Way

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| Nokia has opened a home automation project based around a Linux platform.
| They say you will be able to control your home from a browser or tablet or a
| cellphone. Direct to the project page.


Home automation in GNU/Linux

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| Home Automation is anything that your home does for you automatically to make
| living there more enjoyable or productive. It covers many areas, including
| remote and timed control of lights and electrical home appliances,
| distributed media services, and communication. Over the last 10 years, many
| hardware manufacturers have presented their own proprietary solutions to
| these problems. Unbeknownst to them, a groundswell of developers from around
| the world has been providing similar solutions to the free and open source
| community.
| In this introductory article, I will carry out a high-level review of a
| number of these projects to see what is already available.



Automation device maker taps commercial embedded Linux

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| Wind River has announced another design win for its Linux distribution
| targeting consumer electronics devices. AMX, which sells high-end industrial
| and home automation systems used in the White House's War Room and elsewhere,
| will switch its "Modero" touchpanels to Platform for Consumer Devices, Linux
| Edition (PCD-LE).


Glaucus Linux Powered Automation Appliance

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| "Glaucus is a computer configured specifically for the described
| automation tasks. Because it is not used as a general-purpose
| computer it is immune to problems like your children using
| software that interferes with the critical operations or even
| causes the computer to crash It uses the ultra-reliable Linux
| operating system. It has no monitor, keyboard or mouse. All
| interaction with it is through a browser interface..."

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