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13.1. Project Overview

In this project, you will design and implement an X10-based wireless security system using door and window sensors, motion detectors, video cameras, an Internet connection, and a whole bunch of software. This project has five phases, corresponding to each of the five components in the design: intrusion detection, intrusion deterrence, gathering evidence, arming, and monitoring and alerting. Each of these components is modular. For example, although this project as written uses Windows, you can very easily implement it using a Linux computer by replacing the monitoring/alerting component.

Shortcut: You can buy home security kits from large hardware stores and many different sites on the Internet. However, they are not nearly as hackable as home-built systems, and you don't have as much control over the behavior.



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