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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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Yuriy Mikitchenko

Yuriy Mikitchenko

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Uku Tomikas

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The second Payment Services Directive (PSD2) is less than three months away from enforcement. While the regulation’s text is lengthy, a key component of the law is its extended reach in comparison to the first directive. PSD2 applies to all payment service providers and affiliates, including account information service providers and payment initiation service providers. In addition, the law applies when at least one part of the transaction is in the European Union. This means that payment service providers and their affiliates outside of the EU must comply with the law when the payer is in the EU. The additional geographical reach guarantees the same level of security expectations for all EU residents regardless of the location of the payment service provider.

Raili Liiva

Raili Liiva

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