After starting to build an alarm system based on a Raspberry Pi, Andrew Pawlowski realised that so much more was possible, and as created a neat unified messaging system which can be used in all sorts of applications. His system - named "alertR" - can be integrated with all sorts of devices and control a wide variety of devices.
Furthermore a sequence of control based on various events can be setup to make life easier - for example if a doorbell is pressed the volume on a sound system can be reduced, or a security camera could take an image. Check out the following video for more information:
Finally Andrew has made his project open-source, so you can find out more by starting with his github page. And for more, we're on facebook, Google+, and twitter - so follow us for news and product updates as well.
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