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  1. Compan

    Don't Throw Away Your Old Devices

    Thanks for the information on V1 extenders. Our main objective is to ensure that our hub software can handle all of the Iris V1 devices. If anyone has any old working V1 devices, ZigBee or Z-Wave, that are not included in my list above, and they don’t have any more use for them, then I’ll be happy to pay for shipping.
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    Don't Throw Away Your Old Devices

    The last two 1st generation Iris devices have just been delivered from the US. We now have a reasonable set of devices with which to start testing, including: Alarm Keypad, Button, Door / Window Sensor, Motion Sensor, Range Extender, Senior Pendant, Siren, Smart Plug, & Touch Screen Thermostat We also have a HomeSeer Z-Wave USB Smartstick, to cater for the different radio frequency used by Z-Wave devices in the US.
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    Don't Throw Away Your Old Devices

    My understanding is that there is a fundamental issue with the radio frequencies. The Blue Line units, including the latest version, operate in the 433 MHz band. This band used to dominate the remote control sector, because the components were cheaper, but that is no longer the case. ZigBee and WiFi operate in the 2.4 GHz band, and Z-Wave in the 908 MHz band. There is a lower frequency ZigBee option in the USA, but that’s in the 915 MHz band. The Blue Line PowerCost website mentions a WiFi bridge, which may be an option for connection to Iris, but the information is very vague.
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    Don't Throw Away Your Old Devices

    Unfortunately, it looks as though the Blue Line power monitor has a proprietary protocol to communicate between the sensor and the control unit, and is not compatible with Iris. Blue Line has come up with a new cloud based version, as can be seen at the following URL: https://www.bluelineinnovations.com
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    Don't Throw Away Your Old Devices

    Thanks for the offer. We will happily pay for shipping. There are a couple of problems. We're in the UK, so different voltage and it looks as though the sensor clips onto a meter, so most probably compatibility issues. We could handle it in two stages. We can check that the hub software communicates with the control & display unit. We could then work with someone in the USA to check out its operation with the sensor. We are able to access the hub software remotely, so we can test the actual operation of the monitor locally on the user's hub, just as if we were accessing the hub locally. What do you think? BTW, can you let me have the FCC ID, so that I can check out its details?
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    Don't Throw Away Your Old Devices

    Our main focus for webcams has been on intruder recording, with the recording event coming from open / close sensors and / or motion sensors. One approach is to stream continuously from the webcam to the hub via WiFi, and to then extract and process the required time slice on the hub in response to the event. The other is to use a smarter webcam, which we have prototyped, so that the event triggers the recording and the processing of the required time slice directly on the webcam. The processed content is then sent from the webcam to the hub via WiFi, or even ZigBee.
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    Don't Throw Away Your Old Devices

    The attached outlines the thinking that is behind our approach. Underlying Thinking.pdf
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    Don't Throw Away Your Old Devices

    We haven’t yet come up with a commercial deal, but it seems reasonable to work with an initial group of AlertMe users without charging them, and to continue on that basis with their upgrades. We’re following the same approach with UK AlertMe users, because the AlertMe servers were taken offline at the end of last year. As we have standardised the device interfaces, we really don’t care which devices we use for developing and testing the software, so AlertMe is as good as any. If we can also enable people to add more modern devices to these older systems, that’s fine by us. At some stage, we will need to start charging newer users. I personally favour software purchase, and charge for significant upgrades. Right now, we need to get hold of some of the older AlertMe / Iris devices from the USA. Once we have proved that we can handle them, we can move on to the next stage of getting the software into the hands of AlertMe users.
  9. We’re UK based, and have developed hub software to control AlertMe devices. It handles motion sensors, door / window sensors, alarm detectors, key fobs, buttons, smart plugs, smart meter, and power clamp. This is part of a larger project to be able to handle many manufacturers’ in the same way, including both ZigBee and Z-Wave. Our aim is to exploit the increasing abundance of smaller, cheaper, and better devices that are becoming available. To date, we have been able to handle over 40 different devices from more than 20 different manufacturers. As Iris originated from AlertMe, we have been looking into the possibility of adapting it for Iris devices. We are currently using the Raspberry Pi with several different RF modules for the hub hardware. The hub software includes a web server, so the App can run locally on the hub. The user just needs a smart phone, or any other device with a web browser, which connects locally by WiFi to the hub, so there’s no need for an internet connection. An internet connection is still available as a user selectable option for remote control, updating, and for Alexa, etc. The software is written in a .Net language in its entirety, from device frame / cluster / end point level up to and including the App / UI. Each of the devices is presented as a standard interface to the control system on the hub. For example, a door / window sensor has the same interface into the control system as any other, regardless of manufacturer or RF protocol. This greatly simplifies the application programming. It also makes it very straightforward, and quick, to add devices from multiple manufacturers, just like 'plugins' or ‘drivers’ on a PC. Are there many Iris users who might be interested in breathing life back into their older systems by using this software? If so, do you know how we might be able to get hold of some Iris devices for testing purposes?