Home Automation with Z-Wave and LinuxMCE

Z-Wave Controls All Of Your Home!

Remote home control isn’t a new idea; in fact, there are many systems on the market that will let you control and even automate your household electronics, whether you’re home or away. Unfortunately, these conventional control systems are costly and complicated, and beyond what most people need, or even want in their homes.

Remote home control with Z-Wave is a new idea. It can offer all the same benefits of a powerful, custom control system, but it can also offer anyof them individually. Thanks to its modular design and its extensive interoperability, you can use Z-Wave to control any specific control task around your house, without having to invest in an elaborate, all-encompassing home control system. With Z-Wave, you can easily and inexpensively create customized control solutions for any room or situation, and add new ones to your home over time.A Modular Approach  To Home Control

Z-Wave lets you build your control system as your needs grow. As just one example, let’s say you started by adding Z-Wave remote control to your home lights. You can easily program them to shut off when you’re at work, and turn back on to welcome you when you return home, saving energy and money. You could then introduce more functions to this basic setup. Just add Z-Wave to your garage door, your home entry, and your home security system. When you arrive from work, push a button and all your Z-Wave devices will work in concert — the garage door will open, your entryways will light up, your security system will recognize you, and your front door will unlock. How’s that for remote control?

 

Once you’re inside, your home can welcome you with just the mood you want. Z-Wave can have your favorite music playing for you on arrival, and the thermostat set to your preferred temperature. While you were away, Z-Wave made sure the lawn sprinkler watered your lawn on schedule. If it had rained, you could have bypassed the sprinkler from work, from a PC or even a cell phone. When you’re ready to call it a night, a single button could turn off your house lights, activate your security system, turn down the thermostat, lock the doors, turn on the bedroom humidifier, and set up the coffee pot to greet you with a fresh cup when you awake.
All with one button. All added easily and inexpensively to your home. All with no new wiring. And all according to your budget and timetables, to meet your needs and your lifestyle. Z-Wave gives you simple, affordable, personalized control solutions. Isn’t that what home control was supposed to be about?

Linux Media Centre Edition

LinuxMCE (Linux Media Center Edition) is a free and open source software platform with a 10-foot user interface designed to allow a computer to act as a home theater PC (HTPC) for the living-room TV, personal video recorder, and home automation system. It allows control of everything in the home, from lighting and climate to surveillance cameras and home security. It also includes a full-featured VoIP-compatible phone system with support for video conferencing.

LinuxMCE may be used as a standalone home theater PC (without any other home network connectivity), but it may also serve as a complete home LAN system in a Server/Thin client configuration. In such a configuration, a central Core server (a standard PC running Kubuntu) does most of the storage and processing functions, while peripheral PCs (and other devices) provide input and output services. Thin client PCs can netboot over the LAN to serve as “Media Directors”, which stream media content from the Core to audiovisual devices which are connected to these thin clients.

This home automation/multimedia LAN can be expanded to include home automation systems, surveillance cameras, high-tech remote controllers (called “Orbiters”), and telephone PBX systems. The Core server co-ordinates the functions of all the devices on the home LAN. The advanced networking capabilities of the Linux OS allow this high level of network co-ordination.

LinuxMCE in action

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsbMR2nEnMo&feature=related

Living Tomorrow ; House of the future
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DJr8QwgLEA&NR=1&feature=fvwp

Microsoft’s 2019 Future Vision Montage HD
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHVjPCMEtts&feature=related

Home Automation – The Future Today!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9C06y2ooZYI&feature=related

Home Automation System from Z-Wave
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CMTlccGUxE&feature=fvwrel

Using Z-Wave Technology in Home Automation/Installing a Wireless Home Automation System
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZHiTEuTMvA&feature=relmfu

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