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Monday 4 January 2016

One Year Of Smart Home

One year ago, I announced the start of new smart home project project, and detailed the motivations and aims of it. This year was a busy one and a lot of parts of this project have evolved. It also now has a name.

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Monday 7 December 2015

A device must study to know, know to understand, understand to judge

Now that the foundations are done, my home automation system has to study before it hopefully becomes smart one day. This was the part I worked on lately.

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Monday 3 August 2015

Measuring Mobile Network Latency - A First Attempt

I have been using the mobile application of my smart home system for several months, and the latency fear has come true : Connecting to the XMPP server from a mobile network can be very slow. Here is a first attempt to understand why, and how this may be improved.

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Saturday 30 May 2015

Flock now supports Somfy RTS

I recently added an initial support of the Somfy RTS protocol in Flock. Thanks to the rfxcom RFXtrx433e device, this was quite easy. For now only pairing a device and open/close commands are supported. This means that you can now control your blinds or gates with flock. Implementing this protocol required fundamental changes to the original design of Flock.

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Sunday 3 May 2015

Why XMPP is the most relevant messaging protocol for IoT and home automation platforms

Choosing a protocol to communicate between a platform and some clients is not an easy task. Depending on the type services that are exposed, the features of the clients, and the operating system running on the clients, there are many choices available. Still when you look at all existing protocols and standards, you will probably end up to the conclusion than none of them is exactly matching your needs. Then you either have to develop your own solution or use the one that has most of the features you need.

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Tuesday 17 February 2015

A Flock Of Things

On the last post, I introduced my new home automation project and the reasons why I started it. This article provides more details on the software running on the concentrator that controls the devices present in the home.

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Monday 5 January 2015

Starting a new project

This blog and my github account have been calm for the last months. This was not because I stopped developing but because I started a new project not published yet: I am currently working on a home automation system (better known as smart home these days).

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