Bwired Home Online home in the Netherlands
How?
A smarter house saves energy and helps the environment through intelligent control of lighting, heating and cooling and other devices. A smarter house can protect your family and possessions through sophisticated security and surveillance systems. Home Theater systems allow you to enjoy music and video from anywhere in your house. I really think automating your home or business and controlling your energy can help to reduce the worlds growing energy problem. So the reason for me to show this all online is to let the people see what is possible today en how it can be done. And hell yeah there are some crazy things online as well but that's for getting the conversation going and believe me it fun to do :-)
On these pages I will try to explain how things are done in the Bwired house. It's constantly under construction but if you check from time to time you will find more information and items on how it's done! Click on the links below for the full report.
A little history
My interest in electronics goes way back to 1975. Back then building things like FM and TV transmitters where fun to do. In 1979 I bought my first computer, the now legendary Sinclair Z80 with a affordable 1KB of internal memory. I still can remember programming the whole night, at last running the program...... "Out of memory"! On this computer I learned my first Basic language and all about the technical possibilities of the device. The ZX81, Commodore VIC20 and 64, Apple II, Osborne I, Olivetti M24 etc. followed soon. Writing software for and connecting electronics to the computer got soon my main attention. Sinclair ZX80 Computer
So one of my first serious project was connecting my brand new television to the computer. This television was the first one with Teletext. I succeeded in connecting it to the RS232 controller of my computer made a little Basic program and was able to watch Teletext on my computer and convert the Teletext information to a text file. The interest for controlling everything with a computer grew stronger and stronger, and what would be a better object then controlling your home. (your wife?) Computers and Home automation (Domotica) is my geeky hobby since then, Bwired.nl the result!
Click on this link for the full reportThe Bwired Apple Mac Mini 2010 Webserver
The Bwired Webserver is the Apple Mac Mini 2010 running all the Bwired software and also the webpages you are viewing right now. This little machine is very powerfull and only consuming 23 Watts, this is included 13 Watts of other home automation devices and nobreak (UPS 8 watt) connected to the Mac. I'm running Windows 2008 Server R2 without Apple Bootcamp so Windows is the only OS running. The Mac Mini 2010 is extremely green without all the extra devices its only consuming 10 Watts. Check here for a full report in Dutch. Click on this image for the full report
Mac Mini specifications:
  • 2,0-GHz quad-core Intel Core i7,

  • 16 GB DDR3-geheugen,

  • Intel HD Graphics 4000-processor with 384MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared memory,

  • Mini DisplayPort with a Dell 3008WFP 30 inch LCD monitor running on 2560-by-1600,

  • 2 x Kingston hyperX 120GB Sata 3,

Other devices connected to the Mac Mini:
  • UPS (8 Watt consuming)
  • VSComm USB-> 8 x RS232
  • 1 RFXCOM Ethernet Receiver
  • Apple Aktieve Dual DVI Display Adapter 2560 x 1600
  • Plugwise Zigbee USB receiver Sofware running on the Mac Mini:
  • Windows 2008 R2 Server 64 Bits
  • MYSQL 5.1 Database 64 Bits
  • MYSQL 5.1 Connector 64 Bits
  • IIS 7.5 Web Server
  • Bwired Home Control Software 32 Bits
  • AVG Virusscanner
  • Development Software
Click on this link for the full reportXanura
X10 is a communications "language" that allows compatible products to talk to each other using the existing electrical wiring in the home (220 volt). Most X10 compatible products are affordable and the fact that they talk over existing wires in your home means that no costly rewiring is necessary. Installation is mostly simple, a transmitter plugs (or wires) in at one location in the home and sends its control signal (on, off, dim, bright, etc.) to a receiver which plugs (or wires) into another location in the home.
I use the better A10 products from XANURA (Eaton/Holec) for my home automation. The A10 protocol this company uses, is fully compatible with X10 but much more accurate. All the modules I use also have two way communication and status request.
The A10 module shown in the picture is the SAIX a standard actor used for switching lights on and off. This module can be build in behind a standard light switch and is completely out of sight. Click on the above link or image for the full report.
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Click on this link for the full reportBwired Camera Server
One of my online camera is a Sony EVI-D100 Pan/Tilt/Zoom camera which features a high speed, wide range pan/tilt head and an integrated 10X auto focus lens with a zoom ratio of 40X. The EVI-D100 pan/tilt/zoom video camera combines a high quality color camera with a quiet, high-speed pan/tilter, allowing the camera to make every turn extremely quickly and immediately upon request.
The EVI-D100 is a great camera but has no built in Webserver and can only be controlled by RS232 with a so called VISCA cable. The software from Sony had no possibility to integrate this camera with full control on my WebPages. So I build my own Camera Webserver in Visual Basic 6.
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This camera server is fully featured and able me to control the camera the way I want it.
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Click on this link for the full reportReal-time Electricity Monitoring
A infrared-sensor is optical connected to the flashing led on the electricity meter of the power company and reads the total consumption we use. The led on the meter flashes 480 times for every Kilowatt (kW). The pulse is counted by a Dallas One Wire counter with memory and once every minute my computer reads the amount of pulses (led flashes) counted. All the data is saved in a SQL database which I can query and display on the webpage's. Click on the link for the full report.
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