take a look at Idratek www.idratek.com
I have a number of home automation technologies in my home but none of them solve the needs of this particular project. What technologies should I be looking at please?
Have looked at Idratek web site but can't see any wireless comms devices. I need something that I can interface to my Home Control System (based on a mini-ITX PC) but the sensors need to be wireless. I was thinking something along the lines of ZigBee technology.
then how about some of what AlertMe & EnOcean & maybe Rako have to offer ?
You can use Visonic or BT VP1000 868.95MHz sensors and the RFXCOM Visonic receiver.
All these suggestions are complete solutions. I already have a home control system that is based around a very low power mini-ITX PC and a hybrid set of technologies such as Dallas 1-wire, X10, Ethernet IO, USB IO, etc. I want to extend this with a reliable wireless technology that can interface to my PC and not a managed installation or anything with a subscription (like Alert Me).
It's the technology I'm interested in and not an off-the shelf, self contained home automation package. As far as I'm concerned there is no one technology that does it all and does it well, hence my hybrid approach.
Is there anything ZigBee based that can interface to a PC?
The RFXCOM USB or LAN receiver can be connected to your system and receives 433.92MHz signals of:
•X10 lighting sensors and remotes,
•X10 security sensors,
•RFXPower & RFXMeter devices,
•Oregon Scientific weather sensors,
•Oregon Scientific Body Weight Scale,
•ATI Remote Wonder,
And the http://www.rfxcom.com/receivers.htm#40079 receiver for Visonic sensors receives the PowerCode sensors.
So not a home automation package but receivers (and transmitter) for all kind of sensors and power modules like Oregon Scientific, Visonic, X10, HomeEasy.....
>all these suggestions are complete solutions ...
nope, they might all be able to stand on their own, but none are complete, and any & all could be part of a greater whole - plus, they offer components for own-integration, which was the idea, I thought ...
eg: Rako's RAVFR device with their RDS800C RF & RACUB RF relay units ...
eg: EnOcean's kits & accessories here : http://www.enocean.com/en/enocean_modules/
pretty sure that with a bit of digging, relevant datasheets for all can be had, and all have software that'd run on the mini-ITX ...
Last edited by chris_j_hunter; 2nd May 2010 at 02:15 PM. Reason: added eg's
Thanks for the links. This is the kind of thing I was after. I will read up on the documentation for this device:
I want to have some code working in Java to integrate it with my other home control software.