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Home automation with SMS

- 5 MIN READ - 07 Apr 2013

There are many things at home that you could automate and make your life easier.

For some time this was a very complicated and expensive task, but wait no more! There is a very easy solution for all your woes.

Things you need to make your home gates open with SMS or make coffee machine welcome you with a fresh pot of coffee after a long day at work:

The solution is to hook up your old phone to RaspberryPi and set up Gammu to listen for incoming text messages. Gammu supports a very wide variety of phones so it is very likely that your old forgotten Nokia is well supported.

The most crucial part of this setup is now ever popular 25$ RaspberryPi. It has lots of extension ports, that you can use to hook up almost everything. Also it has loads of libraries and extensive community support.

You could very easily make a 20-line Pythin script, that listens for incoming SMS and opens your gates on SMS-commad.

Happy coding and get the most out of your RaspberryPi!

Jaanus Rõõmus

Jaanus Rõõmus - CTO

Jaanus is co-founder and CTO of Messente and makes sure its wheels keep spinning and Messente always has a full tank of fuel.

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