I have been thinking about a perimeter alarm system lately. Smartthings is great for home automation but i regret to say that the cloud dependency and general instability are major showstoppers for security purposes. AND i have a totally ST based setup for both automation and security at the moment.
The project i am investigating includes the following key parts:
- A number of outdoor IP cameras (ideally hardwired via Ethernet)
- A number of z-wave motion sensors (are there any outdoor ones?)
- A home automation system that RUNS LOCALLY, such as indigo, OpenHAB, home-assistant (suggestions are welcome).
- A z-wave USB stick (suggestions are again welcome)
- Sighthound software running on a capable Mac/PC which is connected to a UPS
- One indoor (Aeotec) and one outdoor (Popp solar powered) siren. Both are z-wave.
- Two z-wave open/close sensors.
What i want to create is a simple but efficient perimeter security system for my home.
I will not get into trivialities like the number of possible entry points and such. For simplicity’s sake let’s just assume that i only have one entry point that i need to secure.
A single IP cam is looking over the area of interest and Sighthound can detect the presence of a human form. The motion sensor as well can register the thermal signature of a possible intruder.
A very simple rule runs, as follows:
IF Sighthound detects a human form AND the motion sensor registers something THEN sound both sirens at max volume.
IF Sighthound detects a human form OR the motion sensor registers something THEN sound the internal siren at low volume.
In both cases, Sighthound sends rich (with photo) notification of the event via e-mail and ideally via push notification (iOS) as well.
What do you people think about the above setup? Would it work? Would it be reliable?
Can someone propose how to connect Sighthound with the home automation system?
Sighthound can run external commands in case of an event, by the way.
I am eagerly awaiting your comments/observations/objections.
Thank you very much in advance.