Friday, February 28, 2014

Book Review: Building a Home Security System with BeagleBone


Recently I was given a reviewer's copy of Building a Home Security System with BeagleBone from the publisher Packt Pub. The fact that I was given a copy of the book in exchange for a written review has in no way influenced my rating of the book.

Building a Home Security System with BeagleBone by Bill Pretty was a fun book to read.

Bill starts out by giving a quick overview of alarm system sensors: passive infrared, glass break and temperature and then walks you through building a simple alarm.

Chapters 3 and 4 walk you through planning how to layout your system, build the hardware and writing some software to control it.

Chapters 3 and 4 walk you through planning how to layout your system, build the hardware and writing some software to control it.

Chapters 5 and 6 take you through testing and automating the system.

In chapters 7 and 8, Bill gives a solution that will allow you to use the built system to also go through an protect your home's computer network.

The book concludes with a chapter that gives ideas on devices that could be added on such as a fingerprint scanner or RFID reads.

Even though I might never actually build my own home security system, it was interesting to see how the BeagleBone can be used to run this type of system.

For those who like to see actual ratings, I give the book a 5 out of 5 stars.

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