The Book

Cover-How-To-Smart-Home-3rd-Edition-red-Web-260-x-374pxNew! How to Smart Home 5th Edition

Read the first five chapters of the Amazon #1 Best Seller in “Home Design” online or download the book sample, bonus material and a free poster here.

Understand the big picture …

… from IFTTT to Google Home, from Amazon Echo to Samsung SmartThings, from Apple HomeKit to Google Nest, from Z-Wave  to Bluetooth LE, from OpenRemote to ZigBee.


… and get started on a real project

The book describes step by step how to implement a smart home system  using state of the art technologies such as tablets, smartphones, and the Internet in conjunction with the latest wireline and wireless home automation standards. Technologies and platforms which are used in the projects described in the book are:

  • Wi-Fi / WLAN
  • Telnet, HTTP, TCP/IP
  • Z-Wave, a smart home communication standard
  • ZigBee, a smart home communication standard
  • KNX, a smart home communication standard
  • Drools, an open source object oriented rule engine
  • OpenRemote, an open source Internet of Things software platform
  • IFTTT (IF This Than That), a cloud based Internet of Things control service
  • Google Sheets, a cloud based spreadsheet service, part of Googles G Suite
  • Google Apps Script, a scripting environment based on JavaScript for G Suite products
  • macOS / Linux / Windows 10 / Java

The resulting smart home control system is capable of:

The capabilities of the smarthome project described in the second half of the book are:

  • smartphone / tablet based display of weather and temperature
  • smartphone / tablet based control of lights, heating, power-outlets, consumer electronics devices
  • smartphone / tablet based control for scenarios such as Good Morning, Welcome, Good Night, Leaving Home
  • operation of an audio reminder system with text-to-voice conversion of calendar items
  • rule based scenario execution, triggered by time, date, weather condition or temperature
  • rules for scenarios such as
    – empty home (empty during the day)
    – vacant home (vacant for two or more days)
    – warmup (activation of heating without night savings to bring up temperature in a vacant home)
    – presence simulation (light activity to simulate presence)
    – deactivation of all rules
  • iOS / Android location based presence detection and geofencing using IFTTT and Google Docs
  • integration with other smart home platforms and intelligent devices via IFTTT
  • VPN based remote control from outside of the house
  • Automated restoration of operation after power outages or planned downtime

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HOW TO SMART HOME, 5th Edition
Othmar Kyas, 2017 US$9.99 / €9.99,
ISBN 978-3-944980-12-6

A step by step guide to building a smart home and your personal Internet of Things.

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