I'm just in the process of buying a new house and have been thinking about home automation and am in the need of some advice.
So, here's the plan.
The whole house automation system should be run from a central computer probably running homeseer.
The front door will be unlocked via a long distance RFID sensor (range about 1-2m) which will activate an electric release mechanism such as this; http://www.electriclock.net/acatalog/alpro-dual-voltage-electric-releases.html
which will be activate by http://proto-pic.co.uk/ethernet-16am...-relay-module/ with a view to also install fail-release versions on the internal doors so I can control access to individual rooms individually.
Now where I start to get a little confused is the lighting. Now presently I use Lutron Rania dimmers on most of my lights. I would like to keep these as the z-wave/ X-10 etc switches I have seen are hideously ugly. What I would like is simply a hidden module which can turn the lights on, off and dim them. This would be voice controlled via homeseer. Can anyone recommend a suitable product for this purpose?
Later additions will include a facial recognition doorbell and ANPR to identify and announce the arrival of people whom I program into the system.
Thanks in advance,