>> IoT IN ACTION - REMOTE MONITORING MY BUILDING PROJECT
Not happy with the progress of a project and want to keep an eye on things remotely?
I am the type of guy that likes to know how things are progressing on a
regular basis and after making the 24+ hour journey from Sweden to Australia
to check on the status of my house only to find out that the project was
a little more than two months delayed - it was time to put my IoT and
programming skills to use. I decided to setup a remote monitoring system.
The shopping list (as pictured above) - should be all I need to make this project:
- sensor point
- Arduino Yún
- Logitec C270 USB web camera (720p)
- Ultra 8Gb micro-SD card
- wireless hot spot
- BlackBerry Z10
- pre-paid mobile data micro-SIM
- power supply/charging
- Waeco 36A 12V battery
- USB car adapter dual 5V 2.1A
- Solar Panel (15W, 1A)
- 5m of twisted coper wire
- connector 2-pin
I found a cool project on the
learn.adafruit.com where a user posted a how-to
for building a security solution using an Arduino Yún, a USB web
camera and a PIR motion detector - the perfect find for a base point of what
I would need to make this project work.
I identified a local distributor of Arduino devices in Perth, Western Australia -
and after dropping by a store I found out they only just got the Arduino
Yún in stock to compliment their limited supply in addition to having
all the little bits and pieces I needed.
The two main obstacles is the lack of a power source and the lack of an
Internet connection to send the sensory information gathered to a web server
where I can monitor the progress. The cost of all the equipment is approx
$1000 USD; luckily I already had most of the components.
Supplying power is easy - I had a 12V battery lying around and the only thing
I needed to obtain was a decent sized solar panel to keep it topped up and
a car-adapter to USB plug to power the two devices I will be using; I also
needed to get some extra wire and adapters.
For an Internet connection I could have asked the neighbours to see if I
could piggy back on their connections but I want to do this in stealth mode
so I figured I could use a spare BlackBerry Z10 I had lying around and
configure it as a mobile hot spot to connect through.
I will post a follow up blog entry that goes into detail of how I put
it all together, outline the specific scripts written and even expose a
live website so anyone can check on the progress of my house - I may
even connect some sensors to monitor other factors if there is interest.