Efika 5200B ProjectSecurity Systemin category Applications & Software
proposed by PurpleAlien on 5th February 2006 (accepted on 11th February 2006)
Project SummaryThis project proposal is based on one of the products our company made in the past.
The idea is to couple the EFIKA with a wireless aquisition card which captures information from sensors in a house or other property. The EFIKA is also connected to an GSM modem (Embedded Device) with the ability to send out SMS and Phone Calls (using pre-recorded messages) to another phone, notifying the owner of the property in this way in case of a break-in, fire, etc.
The sensors would be wireless, so no additional wiring needed and communicate by e.g., ZigBee radio or even normal RF to the EFIKA, which can store all the events in a database with proper date and time stamp, synched with an off-site database in order to provide redundancy. Email reports can also be generated, and a GUI can show (remotely through secure webserver) the active/inactive sensors.
The GSM Module can contact different phone numbers based on different events, etc.
Furthermore, the user can control the alarm system remotely by using a phone to e.g., activate/deactivate individual sensors, the entire alarm, etc. with priorities to which phone is able to access which sub-system. The web interface can provide similar functionality.
The system can be expanded to include video streaming, medical sensors (for e.g., elderly care, revalidation at home, ...) with the ability to automatically contact authorities (will need some co operation from the police department and medical units, but I\'ve done research in this field for the University and existing systems can be integrated here.), etc.
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posted by PurpleAlien on 18th January 2007
The code from the old system has been rewritten to suit a Linux/Efika combination.
The GSM module works fine with Efika.
We will introduce a consumer product based on this configuration as soon as more testing is done.
Initial market will be Algeria, but we believe we have some key partners in Europe which could make this product successful here too.
posted by PurpleAlien on 15th November 2006
No FPGA... oh well :-)
No problem. The code is basically ready. All we need to do is test on the real thing. After that, we hope to produce some small quantity and ship to some early adopters who have expressed interest.
If all goes to plan, we hope we can manufacture the end product soon.
posted by PurpleAlien on 13th April 2006
OK, the addition of an FPGA to the EFIKA design will make this project a lot easier. Remember that this project is in essence a reworked version of a previous product of ours. Back then it was based on a 32Bit microcontroller, but with the 5200B and the FPGA we can do more than a redesign, and allow for more features and more Power! The added FPGA gives us all the I/O we could possibly dream of.
What is working right now:
- GSM send SMS or Missed-Call in case of alarm, with each event (fire, break-in, etc.) having a different type of response.
- Off-site and On-Site storage of events in a database (off-site service provided by ourselves or any other third party with the necessary credentials)
- Configuration through secured internet connection possible.
- Configuration through mobile phone with CallerID identification and/or password.
- Pre recorded messages for different events which can be phoned to the recipient.
- Involvement of police/fire department/medics in case of certain events; for instance the fire department will be contacted as soon as a fire has been detected by the system: no more waste of time.
- Integration with home nursing systems in order to report events to medical instances.
- Video and audio reporting of events.
- much more
posted by PurpleAlien on 24th February 2006
This project has started to become a reality as well.
I've been working at some driver improvement for the GSM module, together with Caller ID improvement for security and identification purposes.
The aquisition card will need more time, but in the mean time we will probably use a USB system.
Sensors and RF transmitters/receivers are being tested and software to handle priorities and alerts is being updated.
posted by PurpleAlien on 12th February 2006
I just checked my email and my two other projects got accepted too! :-)
I'm very excited!
I must say I didn't expect this, but it shows Genesi is very serious about this EFIKA developer program. You can see that too by the amount of approved projects.
As a company, we will take this opportunity to the fullest extend in order to create valuable, marketable products in a time-to-market as short as possible.