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    IRIS Being shut down by Lowe's??

    I'm still not sure how to use this forum, but I'm attempting to respond to sparc's post. Our phones also switch automatically between cellular and home WiFi, but we've never tried it for geolocation. We will test it, but I suspect it may be too close and too variable.
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    IRIS Being shut down by Lowe's??

    As some of you have already discovered, the SystronicsRF.com website is live. We will be adding more content, especially for registered users, over the next few days and weeks. We will highlight the additions as they become available. We welcome your comments and questions.
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    IRIS Being shut down by Lowe's??

    The short answer to your Geofencing questions is “Yes”, the system does have this capability. To work, the mobile phone has to be online to the web server, because it has to deliver the current GPS location data instantaneously to the server. This requires a remote connection between the mobile phone and the web server. The type of app should not have any bearing on the performance that you mentioned. It’s probably due more to the implementation of the action running on the server, or possible weaknesses in the mobile phone / server connection. In our system, the hub is the web server. Whether the mobile phone connects to the hub via the local home WiFi, or remotely, via the internet, the operation is identical. To provide the GPS data, the mobile phone first needs to have its location services enabled. Any app, or web browser, running on the mobile phone, can then access the phone’s GPS data. This GPS data is then forwarded to the server for comparison with the home location within an action. The result of the comparison between the home location and the GPS location of the mobile phone determines the distance from home, which then triggers an event within the system, such as switching on the heating. It’s probably worth clarifying the different types of app, because the term “app” tends to be a source of confusion. There are three main types of app: A native app, which is programmed to run on a specific type of device, such as Android, and does not require an internet connection. A hybrid app, which is one that employs multi-platform technologies, such as HTML5, CSS and JavaScript, and is normally used as a wrapper for a web app. A web app, which is no more than a website using responsible website design technology, so that the page layout can be adapted to suit the smaller screen of a mobile device. It just requires a web browser running on the mobile phone as the user interface We have developed both hybrid apps and web apps. The main benefit of the hybrid app is that it can operate stand-alone, and without being connected to a server. A web app can also be operated partially stand-alone, by employing the HTML5 offline mode to cache the server data locally. The only other difference between a hybrid app and web app is that the user has to download the core of the hybrid app from an app store, whereas a web app just needs a link to the server program from within the web browser on the mobile phone. Even if a hybrid app is used, it is often just used as a wrapper round a web app, because most of the functionality is in the web app. Home automation needs a hybrid app for Geofencing, because the mobile phone has to be in communication with the web server, so that the live GPS data can be sent immediately to the web server for processing. the hybrid app running on the mobile phone merely sends this data to the server in the same way as any other browser request. SystronicsRF
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    IRIS Being shut down by Lowe's??

    We are system designers / software developers. We plan to supply only the software, which you can run on a Raspberry Pi 3B / 3B+. The email in the earlier post from Vettester provides much more detail about the system, but a couple of points of clarification have also arisen: 1. Network Adapters You will also need a separate USB dongle adapter for each network that you use. That is, for AlertMe (Gen1) ZigBee, HA (Gen2) ZigBee and Z-Wave. These plug directly into the Pi. We will list the specific adapters that we’ve tested successfully so far on the website, and we will be testing more of them. A WiFi interface, which is already built-in to the Pi, provides a protected WiFi network separate from the normal home WiFi, in a similar way to these other networks. 2. Server Role Although we have mentioned this in our email, it’s probably worth repeating that the in-home part of the system runs self-contained, and without any reliance on the cloud, or an internet connection. This includes the everyday use, such as switching devices on and off, the design of the automated actions, adding devices, and the setting up of the features for the everyday use of the system. If the user wants to control the system remotely, then the hub can accept requests directly from a remotely located mobile device, still without involving the server. The hub software safeguards the security of the system with a firewall, which can be locked down to specific mobile devices, and by validating all of the requests from the mobile device. These requests from the mobile device can instead be routed via the server, for enhanced system security. The hub then only accepts requests from the server, and all of the requests from the mobile device are routed via the server. The Microsoft Azure firewall, a software firewall on the server, and server validation of the mobile device requests then provide an additional layer of security. The user determines the mode to use via a setting in the hub software. SystronicsRF
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    Don't Throw Away Your Old Devices

    In parallel with completing the development and testing of the system, we have been working with partners on specific niche applications. The recent news about Iris has prompted us to put all of our energies back into enabling the continued use of the earlier Iris and AlertMe devices for HA, alongside the more recent devices. A new website, SysTronicsRF.com, will be put online by the end of next week, December 7th. The website describes the system features, how it can be used, and the thinking behind our approach, which we have also mentioned in previous posts. Its content will also be expanded over time. The target date for the release of a Beta version is mid-January, and we and we will explain the procedure for accessing this version ahead of time. We are providing more information by email to those of you who have registered their interest in using the system via the video pages. You will also be able to register your interest via the new website.
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    Don't Throw Away Your Old Devices

    We have tested a range of different devices from several manufacturers, as you may have seen from the last posted video. We have created profiles (handlers) for each of these devices. When any devices of these types join the network, their profile us presented a standardised interface to the control system. We have developed in-house tools to expedite and simplify this profiling. These tools can be made available for users to develop profiles for their own devices, although we will need to improve the user interface beforehand.
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    Don't Throw Away Your Old Devices

    The Iris Gen 1 devices that we have tested successfully so far are: Door / window sensor Item # 388558 Model # DWS901 Motion detector Item # 388557 Model # MOT501 Smart plug Item # 388564 Model # SPG902 Alarm key fob Item # 388559 Model # KEY903 Smart keypad Item # 388562 Model # KDP901 Range extender Item # 388560 Model # REP901 Senior pendant Item # 235554 Model # PDT900 Smart button Item # 388563 Model # BTN900 The Iris Gen 1 devices still to be tested: Programmable thermostat Item 388565 Model # CT-101-L Utilitech siren Item # 4222360 Model # TSE07-1
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    Don't Throw Away Your Old Devices

    I'm not using this forum correctly. Please see separate reply, above.
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    Don't Throw Away Your Old Devices

    Can you please message me the price? Smart US door locks are not available for purchase in the UK, because Z-Wave operates at 908 MHz in the US, against 868 MHz in the UK. We have a 908 MHz Z-Wave adapter, so that’s not a problem. The main obstacle is the total price of the door lock, just for testing, which we have to balance against the risk of it being faulty, even if it’s a new unit. Even pre-owned locks run at $200.00 plus on eBay. To this is added a shipping cost to the UK of $18.00, and a UK import charge of $37.00.
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    Don't Throw Away Your Old Devices

    We have uploaded another video. This one describes the range of devices that we have tested successfully with the new hub software. Our approach has been to start with the ZigBee HA standard, and then investigate the characteristics of individual ZigBee HA devices. We then repeated this process for Z-wave devices. On investigating the older AlertMe devices, we discovered that they were compliant with an earlier non-HA standard. We then discovered that the first generation Iris devices, which were developed by AlertMe, were also compliant with this earlier standard. We have also investigated the characteristics of these earlier ZigBee devices. A video describing each of the 50 plus devices from 30 plus manufacturers that we have tested can be viewed at this URL: http://app4orce.uk/tested-devices.html We have profiled each of these devices such that when they join the network, all of their clusters / endpoints / attributes are made accessible to the system. The events that each device generates, and the associated data, is brought up to a common level for use within the rest of the system. This, for example, enables a door / window sensor to be handled as generic type, rather than a specific manufacturer’s sensor, and regardless of the network protocol being used. Some of the narration is rather repetitive on this aspect, but our approach is fairly unique, and it makes a big difference to the rest of the system design. We will be expanding on the use of this data, such as for actions, for system health monitoring, fault diagnostics, etc. in future videos. Our future testing schedule includes the following devices: Lowes Iris 1st Generation Thermostat (US Z-Wave) Lowes Iris 1st Generation Siren (US Z-Wave) Lowes Iris 2nd Generation Smart Plug (ZigBee w/ US Z-Wave Repeater) Lowes Iris 2nd Generation Motion Sensor (ZigBee) Lowes Iris 2nd Generation Door / Window Sensor (ZigBee) Lowes Iris 2nd Generation Keypad (ZigBee)
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    Don't Throw Away Your Old Devices

    Our software is designed to cater for all of the requirements of a smart home control system without relying on IFTTT. This includes communications with external services, such as Alexa, sourcing local environmental data, and sending email alerts to the user’s phone. Even so, we have anticipated the use of IFTTT in the design. IFTTT applets provide a standardised means of configuring simple online tasks. It is especially useful when the service delivering the IFTTT trigger differs from the service that receives the IFTTT action. Although an IFTTT applet responds to an individual trigger, the processing needed to generate that trigger within the delivering service can be very complex. Similarly, an IFTTT applet invokes an individual action. Again, the processing within the receiving service can be very complex. One of the main limitations of many existing IFTTT applets used for smart home systems is that they refer to a particular manufacturer’s device. To avoid this, our action definitions refer to the data that is being processed, and not to the device that generates the data. For example, the temperature output from an Iris motion sensor located in the living room might be referenced in an action as the “living room temperature”. This “living room temperature” definition is related separately to the particular device. The user might decide to replace the Iris motion sensor in this example with, say, an Aqara temperature sensor. If the user then relates the “living room temperature” definition to this new device, any action using the “living room temperature” data is unaware that the sensor type has changed. This also means that the IFTTT applet does not need to be changed, because it still refers to the same action. This approach makes the IFTTT applets more universally applicable, because they do not depend on the actual devices being used within the system. Although this illustration is for actions, the same principle applies to the generation of the triggers.
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    Don't Throw Away Your Old Devices

    The system will work with Iris Gen 2. There are essentially two standards, the current HA standard, and the standard used by AlertMe, which also developed the Iris Gen 1 range. We will be releasing another video later this week, which lists and explains all of the various device types and manufacturers that we have tested with the system so far. All of the modern ZigBee devices use a very similar application layer. AlertMe, in the UK, and Iris Gen 1, have a common application layer, but it differs from the modern standard. For this reason, we use two different ZigBee network adapters, one for the latest standard, and the other for AlertMe / Iris Gen 1. There is only one standard for Z-Wave, but the radio frequency differs between the UK (868 MHz) and the USA (908 MHz). For this reason, a different Z-Wave adapter has to be used for each country. Otherwise, there is no difference across Z-Wave devices. We are using USB adapters, because we think its easiest approach for anyone with a Raspberry Pi. We have also used other, hard wired network adapters.
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    Don't Throw Away Your Old Devices

    Yes. We are about to release a video later this week listing all of the devices and manufacturers that we have integrated with. There is one exception. We have not done any work on door locks. Can you tell me the most popular / common door lock?
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    Don't Throw Away Your Old Devices

    We’ve been a bit quiet for a while – getting on with the development. I also managed to lose my password, so I've had to use a slightly different user name. We can’t give a date for the availability of the software just yet. Most of the development work is done, and we are into final integration and testing. As I probably mentioned before, the software has been tested with more than 50 devices from over 30 manufacturers. These include both AlertMe and 1st Generation Iris by Lowe’s devices. We have started to produce some videos in the run-up to releasing the software, the first group of which you can view at the following URL: http://app4orce.uk/home-automation.html These five videos give an initial overview of our approach. We will be adding more videos over the new few days and weeks. These will be on separate pages within the same domain. If you have any feedback, or comments, then please use this forum. There is also an enquiry form on the video page for anyone interested in using the software, and helping with the Beta testing. The software will be supplied on a micro SD card for use with a Raspberry Pi 3B.