Since quite some time my home automation is build around a core app made in Java EE. As part of this challenge I’m improving the core and integrating it more tightly through MQTT. The core is responsible for coordinating all
Now we have a working Raspberry Pi 3 with Z-Way it’s time to connect it to the backbone of Thuis: MQTT. For this I developed a custom userModule/app. In this post I’ll explain what it does, how to use it and how
Last week I explained how I’m using Chef to provision my Raspberry Pi’s and the recipes in my Thuis cookbook. Back then I didn’t have a Raspberry Pi 3 yet, so I tested it on an older model. This week the
In my last post I explained the basics of Chef, and in the last week I worked on defining the configuration of each node. I selected several cookbooks from the Supermarket and wrote some myself. Using a series of recipes I
Inspired by one of the other challengers I started to experiment with Chef. Frederick is using Puppet to provision his Raspberry Pi’s. To get more knowledge on the several tools out there we decided to both try one. So that’s why
To make the Thuis app as flexible and efficient as possible a solid architecture is needed for the system. Different systems have different properties, which are most important, for Thuis it’s important to provide the wanted functionality, be reliable, usable and adaptable.
To make my proposal a reality I need quite some electronics in the house. Luckily we already have several Z-Wave devices and Raspberries in the house, and a sponsored Kit on the way. But what other hardware do we still need? More
Good news! I’ve been selected as a sponsored challenger in the Pi-IoT design challenge organized by element14. This gives me an extra boost to automate my home and also blog about it. One of the perks is that I’ll receive a