Home Automation with 'Internet of Things' Part 2

Mike Andrews

September Thursday 28th 2017 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Bolingbrook, Fountaindale Library, Meeting Room A


This presentation will include a live tour of Mike's latest developments in his implementation of home automation 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.

Featured will be further 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.

This second session, a followup to his presentation last February will feature more details on the HA system, a live demo of the home's security cameras and DVR system and include a live demonstration of setting up new cameras, HA hubs and devices, and topics like how this HA technology has been applied at the airport and how the inbound VPN system is set up.

As usual we will be having a "Meeting After the Meeting" for talk and drinks, and since the meeting is on Thursday we are planning it at the Bulldog Alehouse restaurant in Bolingbrook on Weber Rd. The link goes to the restaurant's Bolingbrook website with a clickable, expandable map.


Mike Andrews is a Senior Systems Engineer in his 24th year at 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

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

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