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Home automation with SMS

- 5 MIN READ - 07 Apr 2013

There are many things at home that you could automate and make your life easier.

For some time this was a very complicated and expensive task, but wait no more! There is a very easy solution for all your woes.

Things you need to make your home gates open with SMS or make coffee machine welcome you with a fresh pot of coffee after a long day at work:

The solution is to hook up your old phone to RaspberryPi and set up Gammu to listen for incoming text messages. Gammu supports a very wide variety of phones so it is very likely that your old forgotten Nokia is well supported.

The most crucial part of this setup is now ever popular 25$ RaspberryPi. It has lots of extension ports, that you can use to hook up almost everything. Also it has loads of libraries and extensive community support.

You could very easily make a 20-line Pythin script, that listens for incoming SMS and opens your gates on SMS-commad.

Happy coding and get the most out of your RaspberryPi!

Jaanus Rõõmus

Jaanus Rõõmus - CTO

Jaanus is co-founder and CTO of Messente and makes sure its wheels keep spinning and Messente always has a full tank of fuel.

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So naturally, while listening to them talk about their businesses, I've always tried to spot any fundamental takeaways –the small drops of universal business advice distilled from those hundreds of conversations.

And it seems to me that a lot of the most profound business truths seem to point to a direction that I would call, "keeping it real.”

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Uku Loskit

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You're protected from the pitfalls of grey routes

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However, it’s important to understand the premise of grey routes, because they affect SMS service quality, an important topic to us and we hope is important to businesses that use A2P SMS APIs.

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