Building a Home Security System with BeagleBone

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Learn
  • 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
About

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.

Features
  • 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
Page Count 120
Course Length 3 hours 36 minutes
ISBN 9781783559602
Date Of Publication 17 Dec 2013

Authors

Bill Pretty

Bill Pretty began his career in electronics in the early 80s with a small telecom start-up company that would eventually become a large multinational. He left this company to pursue a career in commercial aviation in northern Canada. Next, he joined the Ontario Center for Microelectronics, a provincially funded research and development center. Bill left this for a career in the military as a civilian contractor at what was then called Defense Research Establishment Ottawa. Thus began a career that was to span the next 25 years and continues until today.

Over the years, Bill acquired extensive knowledge in the field of technical security and started his own company in 2010. This company is called William Pretty Security Inc. and provides support in the form of research and development to various law enforcement and private security agencies.

Bill has published and presented a number of white papers on the subject of technical security. For a number of years, he was also a guest presenter at the Western Canada Technical Conference, a law enforcement-only conference held every year in western Canada. A selection of these papers is available for download from his website.