In the 21st century the Internet has become so ubiquitous as to make everyday life nearly impossible in its absence. It's appearing in more and more devices beyond our phones and computers, such as fridges, dishwashers and similar appliances, thereby making them - and by extension our homes - "smart".
The product detailed in this thesis is a smart home device, more specifically a security system that facilitates the protection of our homes. The philosophy that underpins this project is DIY (do-it-yourself), which encourages even the average user to plan and create according to their own preference. The heart of this system is a Raspberry Pi, a small and affordable computer capable of running Linux that is popular in the DIY world. The main goal is to create a smart security framework, including hardware as well as software, that protects homes, is easy to extend with modules, and is accessible for all users, even less ones experienced.
The product so far has a camera module that uses facial recognition and motion detection - among other things – to alert the owner of intrusion. Moreover, it provides a user interface for system configuration. The objective for this semester is to modify and extend this framework with new features. The area overseen by the system will be further divided into so called zones, and the system will be enhanced with voice control, which opens a whole host of possibilities for future development. Furthermore, an Android application will accompany this system, adding yet more possibilities for new features.