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5. Garage and Yard > 54. Monitor Your Driveway

Monitor Your Driveway

Use a couple of sensors in your yard to greet you when you get home and alert you to visitors when they pull up to your driveway.

This hack provides a simple but effective method for detecting and reacting to cars that enter and leave your driveway. It can do the following things for you:

  • As you drive away from the house, your home automation system can light the driveway and then turn off the lights a few minutes after you’re gone.

  • When you arrive home, it can light the driveway and begin getting the house ready for your arrival (e.g., by turning on lights, adjusting the thermostat, and so on).

  • If you’re at home and a car enters the driveway, your house can alert you to the arrival of a visitor.


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