I'm considering how to solve a problem designing a Outdoor Fence Gate Access Control to interface to my Vera HA. None of the current ZWave Lock products appear to be suitable for several reasons so I think I'm going to have to create my own solution using Arduino. But before I do I wanted to see in anyone on the forum had already tackled this
Posts made by clippermiami
Outdoor fence gate access
RE: Moving existing MySensor 1.2 network to MySensor 2.0
Thanks, I suspected that might be the case. I hadn't thought of the idea of using a second gateway. Obviously I have to update the Vera drivers, week it support two gateways, one old and one new?
Moving existing MySensor 1.2 network to MySensor 2.0
I suspect I know the answer but I thought I'd ask anyway. I want to move my system to MySensor 2.0 so I'm thinking about converting the Ethernet Gateway first since it looks like its an easy move on the iBoard.
I'm guessing that at that point none of my sensors will work and I'll have to run like mad to change them over too. Correct?
RE: IBoard with MySensors 2.0 library
Several years ago I built my Ethernet Gateway using this iBoard and the MySensors 1.2 firmware. I made the wiring changes on the board to use the "vanilla" Ethernet Gateway software and the NRF24L01 Radio. I am still using it but I'm ready to make the move to MySensors 2.0 so I'm pleased to see the board works with the new library.
Did you make physical wiring changes on your hardware to suit the radio or just make the changes in changes in the Config. I have two of the iBoards, one with modified traces and one out of the box so I can go either way
RE: Presence detection
I did something for this for my wife. I have a motion sensor in the study so the lights go on when someone comes in. But the timeout is never right, sometimes the room will be occupied for minutes, other times for hours. My wife got particularly irritated at the lights going out while she was on the PC. She 's very small and the motion sensor couldn't pick her up properly. So she had to get up and wave her arms to get the lights back on. Interesting to watch, as long as you don't laugh out loud :), but irritating for her.
So I rigged a Door/Window sensor to seat bottom of the desk chair. Now when anyone is sitting in the chair the sensor is tripped suppressing the timer and the lights stay on until they leave.
But it would be nice to have some sort of passive occupancy detector, not just for this situation but for any room in the house. Right now in the Family Room i have an override schedule that prevents the lights from going off between 7PM and midnight but if someone is there watching TV or reading in the afternoon and doesn't move enough to trigger the PIR then the lights go out. Again, depending on the size of the person and their location they may nor may not be able to get the PIR to trigger with just a wave of the arm.
I don't know what kind of technology would solve the passive room occupancy problem, and if it exists is it affordable.
Sensor Value Adjustments
I've been off on other activities so I haven't looked at the Vera Plug In for a while so this may already be in by now. But in the 1.3 version where my sensors are still running it was not. I'd like to see some sort of "adjustment" or "trim" option for reported values. The inexpensive sensors we get for these projects have variations from the true values. When I first set mine up i made the adjustments in the individual sensor code to trim the reported values closer to the actual (as determined by external measurements) This requires a number of iterations of change/reload/change/reload ... I think it would be useful if there were some sort of adjustment possible in the Vera device.
For example, I have an outside temperature/humidity/barometric pressure sensor running. The value of the humidity is about 6% low and the temperature about 3 degrees high, so I make these adjustments in the ImperiHome display where you can modify the reported values easily. But you have to do it on each instance of ImperiHome and of course it only changes that instance.
Solar Panel Sun Tracker
I'm curious if anyone has done any work on a Arduino-based Solar Panel Sun Tracker Controller especially one that could report its operation back to Vera.
I'm working on a solar powered battery system for several remote Wi-Fi video cameras that are not easily accessible for mains power or data. The battery system will be charged from a solar panel and I'm considering how to track the sun so that the panel gets optimum exposure during the day.
RE: Project Idea: ZigBee for Vera via MySensors Interface
Thanks, from the discussion then it appears to be a fairly "messy" problem so I'm guessing this is not the platform on which it will be solved
Project Idea: ZigBee for Vera via MySensors Interface
I don't see this referenced anywhere so I toss this out there as a thought provoker. Actually doing it is probably beyond my pay grade but I know many of you guys are way, way beyond me in this area.
Vera does not support ZigBee devices but there are some with no ZWave corollary and some cases where there are comparable devices the ZigBee version is often a lot less expensive that their ZWave counterparts.
There are ZigBee interfaces for Arduino boards so does it seem likely that a ZigBee interface for Vera could be assembled using Arduino at a reasonable cost and effort.
Discuss among yourselves