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    >no one want to post ...

    OK, some thoughts ...

    >tracking people around the house ...

    certainly possible - more sensors the better, especially if open-plan ... PIRs good, but other sensors useful, too - eg: reed-switches on doors & windows give strong indications, too, as do button-presses & switchings, especially when taken in-context (depending on the button / switch is for) ...

    successful tracking is only the start, much depends on how it’s used, too, which brings in lots of other issues & challenges ...

    tracking & making use of it can seem simple, but reality can be very complex, and people can get very bad-tempered if responses are slow with poor context-sensitivity ...

    wireless approaches can have timeliness & reliability issues ...

    two-way comm’s (between app' & sensors, actuators, whatever) is more than a nice-to-have - ie: essential, mostly, really - plus independent feedback, too … if are to get something that really works ...

    from what we’ve seen, very few off the shelf automation systems offer much more than simple automation / smart-remote type control ... in going further, people tracking is an important first step ...

    it’s easy to underestimate the time & effort involved ... perhaps uniquely, Idratek do it v.well already, with flexibility & plenty of ways to take things further reliably (behaviour, connections, additional logic, real & virtual sensors, fall-back approaches, etc) ... so have a look, at least ...

    >Apple ...

    we use both Windows & Mac, each has pros & cons - the Apple approach is all about user-focus & discipline (for UI consistency), which for the user is more than welcome (saves a lot of time & frustration) … but for HA there seem to be more & better options with Windows (iHouse / HomeKit seems quite limited in its ambitions, ISTM) ...

    Chris
    Last edited by chris_j_hunter; 26th November 2014 at 09:08 PM.

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