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Manchester

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Steven Goodwin

Home Automation

Home Automation is anything that your home does for you automatically to make living there more enjoyable or productive. It covers many areas, including remote and timed control of lights and electrical home appliances, distributed media services, and communication. Over the last 10 years, many hardware manufacturers have presented their own proprietary solutions to these problems. Unbeknownst to them, a groundswell of developers from around the world has been providing similar solutions to the free and open source community.

The talk will cover the architecture necessary to run a house through software, the ubiquitous web browser, and the issues involved in this hitherto uncharted field. It will also detail the basic abstractions in the house automation field, showing how software (such as Minerva) lets you control the systems currently supported, and how new 'conduits' can be added. A run-through of various functions will follow.



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