Friday, 20 May 2016 07:02

Sense Monitors Your Power Usage

If you're wondering why your electric bill is so high, the Sense home energy monitor is just what you're looking for.  Install it in your electric panel, download the app, establish a WiFi connection, and Sense will detect the appliances connected to your power line and monitor their power usage.  Using current sensors on your circuit breakers, a 1 GHz ARM processor monitors the power line and "multidomain device signature detection algorithms" in the cloud distinguish one appliance from another.  That means that Sense doesn't rely on smart appliances for its data.  The gathered metrics are sent to the phone app giving you the time of day, duration, and the amount of power consumed for each appliance.

Currently the Sense app is available for the iPhone with an Android version promised for August 2016.  Web and computer interfaces and Sense Solar, a version for solar panels, are currently being developed for future release.

 

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Monday, 11 May 2015 13:15

Mailbox Alerts When Mail Is Delivered

GATE, claimed as the world's first, true smart mailbox is now funding on Kickstarter.   The system provides instant alerts via text messages, email, or twitter when your mailbox is accessed and can alert you to suspicious activity.  It can be fitted to any standard mailbox having a mailbox door of at least 5.5 inches (140mm) wide. There are two basic modules comprising the system.

The Home Unit controls the Mailbox Unit wirelessly.  It works with either the mailbox unit or the GATE app for your phone and connects to your home network via WiFi sending commands to an IOT server which in turn relays notifications to your mobile device.  The Home Unit can also be configured to use Z-Wave home automation networks and has a built in motion sensor to alert you to human motion.

The Mailbox Sensor Unit communicates to the Home Unit using 915MHz which can be up to 500 feet away (line of site) and up to 2000 feet if you equip your mailbox with the optional antenna.  With the owner's permission, Mailbox Sensors have the ability to discover each other and relay messages. 

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