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X10 Wireless Security Camera.
Receiver connected to computer with ATI All-In-Wonder video card. Pointing toward front door, provide good coverage.
i-LiNE Dimmer Switch.
Being an 'open concept' house, the six pot lights controlled this switch help set to mood for the focal point of this house. The lights gently fade on and off at the switch, as any light would -- but also automatically turn off at 'lights out' time. When motion is detected at night, they gently turn on to 10% and then back off again, but come on to 100% during an alarm.
Speakers in Kitchen
There are many very good whole-house, multi-channel music solutions out there. This simple solution fit the requirements, but can later be upgraded to a different solution. There are several speakers throughout the main floor. All wires lead to the 'B' channel of an older stereo system with 25 CD player in the basement. Using an IR repeater, the stereo can be controlled by remote. Using the stereo output of the computer, the AUX pipes whatever music is queued up in the computer's media player.
Computer Controlled Thermostat
This thermostat is the key to energy savings in this house. Using the data provided by the temperature and humidity sensors, combined with a local web service that provides outside conditions, Doberman is able to determine the proper humidifier setting to keep frost off the windows in the winter, and when to draw outside air in the summer. Combined with the 6-button pad at the entrance, the system knows which days to set back the thermostat, and which days the house is occupied. To top it off, text messages of pertinent can even be flashed up on the display.
Standard Humidifier, slightly modified
This humidifier is fairly standard. The only difference is an X10 controlled relay that interrupts the operation. Doberman's enthalpy engine uses the thermostats inside temperature and humidity with the webs outside data to determine the proper humidity setting and simply turns off the humidifier when the desired humidity setting is reached. As a safety, the manual adjustment is set to no more than 45%.
Ceiling Fan and Light, Wall Switch
Since this house is a retrofit, it was decided not to bring hard wires upstairs, instead, a wireless solution was chosen. Remote control to the fan and overhead light in the master bedroom. A small 4 button 'remote' allows for quick lights-on/lights-off and panic control.
The children's bedrooms contains a plugin dimmer module. Every night before bedtime, the light turns on. A press of a button once the child is in bed sets the light to a dim friendly 'nightlight'. The light automatically is turned off in the morning.
The neighbors had some trouble figuring this one out. This light is programmed to come on at sundown and back off and sunrise. But why waste energy when sleeping. Between 11:30pm and 5:30am, the light is also off. Giving the appearance of being on all night but much smarter than a regular timer. This light is also supplemented with an off-the-shelf motion activated porch light providing convenience and added security.
Wireless Motion Sensors
Several motion sensors are placed throughout the house providing security and convenience. While the security system is fully active, any motion will trigger the alarm. When disabled, they assist at night by turn on lights around the house. Whether getting a midnight snack, or someone turning off the lights while you are still in the basement, it's nice to have your path safely lighted for you.
Wireless Door Sensor and Keyless Entry
Probably the most obvious item in the house -- the keyless entry deadbolt. This stand-alone unit is not connected to the computer system, but does allow for the house sitter to access the house during holidays. Also recommended if your child habitually looses the house key. The system makes a loud 'chirp' heard inside and out for every key-press. A word to the wise -- if the system ever fails due to low batteries, and it can happen, keep a key hidden outside so you can gain access. Locksmiths hate this lock because it is often too stiff to pick and must be drilled if you are locked out.
Not part of the keyless entry is the wireless door sensor. Doberman has been configured in this house to use this as a multi-purpose device. Firstly, as a security sensor. Secondly, as a door chime -- should the little ones slip out without permission the X10 chime is triggered. And lastly, to turn on the hall light when it's dark and the door opens.
Multi-Functional Entry Pad
Don't let the coloured stickers fool you -- they are only there while the family gets used to the system. From these buttons, the owners can see and change the security status, setback the thermostat, and simply turn off the controlled lights in the house a few minutes after pressing the button. Each button has a small led above which is controlled by Doberman to show status. Depending on the button sequence pressed, Doberman understands commands from enabling or disabling the security, to furnace setback, to Panic!
One of the Computer Controlled Lights
In conjunction with the Multi-pad and the alarm system, some of the more prominent lights on the main floor are computer controlled. These lights work like normal switches, but during an alarm will flash. They also have the added convenience of automatically turning on when you enter the dark house, and will turn themselves off only after you've made it safely upstairs at night. Besides working like a regular light, all it takes is an additional button press to darken your whole house at night. The rest simply happens behind the scenes.
QTek Smartphone running Doberman BMS Client
The two cellular phones in the household are 'Smart'. Either can access to the security camera, lights, and temperature from anywhere. This can be very handy, especially when the furnace has been set back for a long vacation, but you'll be arriving home a day early and don't want to come home to a cold house.
Not shown is the telephone answering machine by NCH Swift Sound. Since the voice messages are stored on the computer, Doberman can serve these files to any computer in the house, or any connected computer in the world. Why pay long distance charges to check messages when traveling on business, when they can be checked right from your hotel or WiFi hotspot.
This house is occupied by a family of four -- plus 'The Cat'. The six-year-old can help unlock the front door when the parents hands are full and knows how to operate the security system. The three-year-old knows he's allowed to 'wake up' when his night-light turns off (requiring a tweaking of the macro during the summer hours, for the parents sanity.) Finally, the cat knows to get out of whatever trouble he is into when the door chime announces the family has arrived back home.