Building a Home Security System with BeagleBone
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- Build your own state-of-the-art security system
- Monitor your system from anywhere you can receive e-mail
- Add control of other systems such as sprinklers and gates
- Save thousands on monitoring and rental fees
Book DetailsLanguage : English
Paperback : 120 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : December 2013
ISBN : 1783559608
ISBN 13 : 9781783559602
Author(s) : Bill Pretty
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Other
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Alarm Systems 101
Chapter 2: Our Very First Alarm System
Chapter 3: Bigger and Better
Chapter 4: Building the Hardware
Chapter 5: Testing the Hardware
Chapter 6: Automating Stuff
Chapter 7: Protecting Your Network
Chapter 8: Keeping an Eye on Things
Chapter 9: Going Further
This book is not meant to replace a nuclear missile security system and Bill is very upfront and honest about the capabilities of the design. If you are looking for a moderate to advanced series of projects that will put your BeagleBone to good use, this is a great book. Although, be warned, once you start tinkering with security systems, your paranoia levels start to rise! By Joshua Datko
Bill starts out by giving a quick overview of alarm system sensors: passive infrared, glass break and temperature and then walks you through building a simple alarm. Even though I might never actually build my own home security system, it was interesting to see how the BeagleBone can be used to run this type of system. By Douglas Duncan
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What you will learn from this book
- Understand the components of an alarm system
- Build a basic zone 1 alarm system
- Modify your alarm system to perform complex tasks
- Build the actual hardware onto BeagleBone
- Integrate home automation into your security system
- Protect your network from intruders
- Keep an eye on your system from anywhere in the world
- Install and use a range of sensor equipment
One of the best kept secrets of the security industry is just how simple the monitoring hardware actually is - BeagleBone has all the computing power you need to build yourself an extremely sophisticated access control, alarm panel, and home automation and network intrusion-detection system. Security companies make a fortune each year by charging exorbitant fees to their customers. You will learn how easy it is to make an alarm system with Beaglebone.
A company-maintained-and-monitored alarm system has its place - your dear old mum is probably not going to be creating her own system any time soon. But if you are reading this book, you are probably a builder or a hobbyist with all the skills required to do it yourself. With Building a Home Security System with BeagleBone, you will learn everything you need to know to develop your own state-of-the-art security system, all for less than a year’s worth of monitoring charges from your local alarm company!
You will start by building and testing your hardware and open source software on an experimenter’s prototype board before progressing to more complex systems. You will then learn how to test your new creations in a modular fashion and begin to utilize BeagleBone. Once your system is built and tested, you will install some of the professional-grade sensors used in modern alarm systems and learn how to use them. You will also discover how to extend your alarm system in a variety of different ways. The only limit will be your imagination.
Building a Home Security System with BeagleBone is a practical, hands-on guide for practical, hands-on people. The book includes step-by-step instructions for assembling your own hardware on professionally manufactured PCB’s and setting up the software on your system.
Who this book is for
This book is for anyone who is interested in alarm systems and how they work; for hobbyists and basement tinkerers who love to build things. If you want to build the hardware described in this book, you will need some basic soldering skills, but all the parts are of the thru-hole variety and are very easy to put together. When it comes to software, you can just run it as-is, but if you want to modify the code, you will need knowledge of Java and IDEs.