Home Automation, just do it

A3 | Wed 23 Jan | 3:50 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Presented by

  • Alastair D'Silva

    Alastair is an open source developer at IBM's Ozlabs. He often spends his spare time fabricating and developing his home automation system.


If you're anything like me, you've probably had grand ideas about home automation, but have been dragging your heels, in part due to the numerous ecosystems available, and the massive integration challenge that lies ahead. This hands-on workshop will provide you with the tools necessary to get you going on the path to taking control of your home. This workshop will consist of a hardware kit (Estimate: < AUD$100, you get to keep the kit afterwards) which will include a Linux based SBC (TBD), microSD card, power supply, 3D printed case, relay board, pushbutton switches, and 433MHz radios, which will form the core of your home automation controller. During the workshop, you will configure HomeAssistant on your new computer in order to control the relay outputs via local switches, the HomeAssistant interface, and even your garage remote control (if you have one that is compatible with the provided radios). We will also discuss how to tie in third systems, such as Belkin's Wemo, and custom integration via MQTT.