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Home and Industrial Automation

This is a work in progress, the following images are from the presentation that will be part of a video and will ultimately include all code, schematics etc. as part of the final post. This will be followed with a series of posts for each section / part of this example design in order to present the details of how the parts work in isolation and as a complete system. The hardware involved will grow as the series progresses and will start with:-

HMI Displays in the form of ready built, and home made

Microcontrollers in the form of Arduinos, Raspberry PIs and also a few ready built but not too expensive Home and Industrial grade PLCs

Software including Windows 10 IoT, Raspbian, ImperiHome Smart app for Android and Apple IoS, Node-Red + several free design tools to go with the various HMI's we will look at. There will be many sensors integrated into the design with example code along the way for you to use.

The final solution will include MQTT and partake in the "Internet of Things". We will discuss several aspects of autonomy for various parts of the system and why "I" think some things should not be in the "CLOUD"

All Videos I’ll be posted onto YouTube at this channel: - I hope you come along for the ride and if you have specifics you would like to see included then please leave comments on the channel or below. Thanks

Peter Oakes.








I started my career in Industrial Electronics Engineering over 40 years ago, I am also a seasoned Software Architect working as a consultant with large companies and government agencies developing software for Healthcare, Online Reporting solutions and large scale high availability data management. My electronics experience is primarily in automation and control of manufacturing and the gas industry This experience has left me with a good sense of Privacy, Security and reliability from the hardware right through to the data storage in central data centers. My passion has always been electronics. I now make tutorial videos for my youtube channel thebreadboardca. ( ). I specialise in Industrial and Home Automation and Control and integration of heterogeneous systems, I love to figure out how to get all sorts of disparate things talking to each other using protocols like Modbus, MQTT etc. Getting a new product, Chip or other item, figuring out what can be done with it and then making a tutorial video is fun to me and I love to share what I learn.

19 Mar 2016, 5:33


June 29, 2016 12:59

Like your article so far understand its a work in progress, Though just in the last month. All things internet is coming along like a freight train and as an avid intergrator of home, office and lite industrial automation and wearables the world of home and automation may surpass Industrial automation.

On that we will just have to wait and see and ride the wave with that can put some comparison work crossing the realms of Z-wave alliance, CEDIA inovations, KNX standards and integrations with Lutron, Schneider, AB, Seimens, honeywell and others and IoT into this. It seems this is fast evolving and with the major security implications as being muted nothing worse than you finger print causing a malfunction of the loo and you just want to get in the front door.

John Crookston
JDC Automation & Communication

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