Archive for the ‘HouseAgent’ Category

New smart meter installed (Iskra ME382 and Landis + Gyr gasmeter E06140)

Last week Liander, one of the biggest energy network maintainers in the Netherlands installed a new smart meter at my place. Actually they installed two new meters: the Landis+Gyr E06140 to measure gas usage and the Iskra ME382 to measure electricity. Both devices are linked together and the electricity meter provides a P1 port, this […]

Byebye RabbitMQ, hello 0MQ!

The core architecture of HouseAgent is build around a messaging system known as RabbitMQ. This worked out fine so far, however during development we discovered a major drawback of RabbitMQ. RabbitMQ uses Erlang, which is a 70MB download.. *yikes*. In the future I want to be able to run HouseAgent on low memory platforms: for […]

Installing HouseAgent on Linux

Following up on yesterday’s post, here are the instructions to install HouseAgent on Linux. I took one of the most popular Linux distribution’s (Ubuntu) for this blog post, but it should be easy to apply this guide for other distributions as well. Step 1: installing HouseAgent prerequisites The first step is to install the HouseAgent […]

Installing HouseAgent on Windows

It has been two weeks ago since I released the first (private) beta version of HouseAgent. A handful of people starting testing and playing with it, and I noticed that documentation and instructions are lacking a bit. In this blog post I will guide you through the process (in very basic steps) of installing the […]

HouseAgent: plug-ins

Yesterday’s post introduced HouseAgent. In today’s post we will dive deeper into HouseAgent plug-ins and their architecture. HouseAgent plug-ins can be programmed in any language, but Python is by far the preferred language for plug-ins. The previous post mentioned that a plug-in is a completely isolated component in the HouseAgent network. While this is true […]

Introducing HouseAgent

HouseAgent is a multi platform, open source home automation application. That was the short introduction of something I have been working on for quite some months already. HouseAgent has been running as my own home automation software for some time. I hear you asking, why not use one of the standard software products available? There […]