Home Automation with 'Internet of Things' Part 1

Mike Andrews

Monday February 27th 2016 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Bolingbrook, Fountaindale Library, Meeting Room A


This presentation will include a live tour of the home automation under development in a wired home that has computer controlled devices including lights, security cameras, door openers and locks, window shades, thermostat, fire and intrusion alarms, flooding prevention, real time electric power monitoring and control. The first session will be an overview of the various home automation technologies and control hubs, with a view of how they interconnect and interact.

Featured will be demonstrations of the Xtension Home Automation control system that runs on Mac OS X, the Blue Iris camera surveillance DVR system that runs on Windows and mobile applications running on Android and IOS.

Among the HA protocols discussed will be wired and wireless X-10, Z-Wave, Bluetooth, analog and IP connected audio/video, Infrared bridges for remote control, and other RF protocols, all connected with a TCP/IP home network backbone using up to Gigabit Ethernet and Wi-Fi.

As usual we will be having a "Meeting After the Meeting" for talk and drinks afterwards at the Gordon Biersch restaurant in the Bolingbrook Promenade outside mall. The link goes to the restaurant's Bolingbrook website with a clickable, expandable map.


Mike Andrews is a Senior Systems Engineer in his 23rd year working for a major technology company. He has delivered presentations for UniForum Chicago since 1997. He is a lifelong technology 'geek' who began tinkering with electronics when he was 6 years old. He founded a security system contractor company at age 17. Around 1982 he taught himself microcomputers and programming leading to jobs at US Robotics and as a Network and Systems Administrator for the financial firm of the late famed financial trader and aviator Steve Fossett. He is a private pilot and owner of a Piper airplane, and the founder of the Pilotcast Aviation Podcast in 2005.

Getting to the meeting

The next General meeting of UniForum Chicago will be at:

        Bolingbrook Fountaindale Library
        Meeting Room A (1st floor)
        300 West Briarcliff Road
        Bolingbrook, IL 60440

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