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    Default Advice needed on new house project.

    Hi,
    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,
    Wyvern
    Last edited by wyvernp; 3rd August 2012 at 03:07 PM.

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    Wow those Alpro lock releases are expensive. I paid 55 euros.
    X10 micro modules spring to mind, or use the Insteon Modules . Another HA system is PLCBus, this is similar to UPB in operation.
    Homeseer is very good, but you will need quite a fast PC if you are going to use voice commands.
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    How reliable is voice control these days? Remember messing about with it ten years ago and gave up, what does it look like now?

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    I last tried it about 6 years ago and like you gave up.
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    Thanks, Have a couple of mixers and mics that i got from letsautmate gathering dust, was thinking they might be worth dusting down again, but unless things have improved dramaticly, not really worth bothering with!

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    The biggest problem is still background noise. It might be worth a play. I know of people who have had success using bluetooth headsets, the ones that clip on to your ear.
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