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[AHP ADD-ON] BlueWatch (Control via BlueTooth or WIFI Detection)
« on: December 18, 2009, 03:49:41 PM »

Although this is still in testing I've started a web page for BlueWatch.
Here you read a brief description about it and view some screen shots.
PCC will be able to read the text files it generates so in addition to the information it sends out you will be able to do more with PCC in the mix. ;)
If\When BVC is able to read text files this will expand on more possibilities! ::) :'
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Re: [AHP ADD-ON] BlueWatch (Control via BlueTooth or WIFI Detection)
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2009, 05:36:13 PM »

I've been Beta testing this software (BlueWatch) and I am using it now. It's pretty impressive!

If you carry a BlueTooth capable cell phone (even if you don't use the BlueTooth) This little piece of software can make your AHP Computer earn its keep. Now your HA PC can tell who is home (or not) based on if the owners cell phone can be seen (or not).

Tuicemen has also added a niffty logger for known and unknown devices. A great way to know when your kids actually did get home from school.. and if they brought friends with them.

Ive been working on Occupancy Sensing for some time... that has even lead to my SARA Project. This smooth working little software, and a cheap USB BlueTooth Dongle turns (what was) months of hard work.. into a 5 minute setup.

I am pretty hyped about Tuicemen's latest software. I even have a BlueWatch Fan Site.
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Re: [AHP ADD-ON] BlueWatch (Control via BlueTooth or WIFI Detection)
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2009, 05:55:02 PM »

 -:) Just thought of another use for the logger and Kids!
Want to monitor their PC usage? ???
Add a BlueTooth card or dongle to it. ;)
I have a USB card that has 4 ports outside and one inside. If you have a card like that you could put the dongle inside.
Its not as easy for them to figure it out if it is hidden! rofl
Don't add their PC as watched and if they get up in the night to play you'll know in the morning with a quick check of the log file!  rofl
Busted!!  rofl
I'm sure more Ideas will flow once BlueWatch is released. (Note: Any Day Now!!!;)
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Re: [AHP ADD-ON] BlueWatch (Control via BlueTooth or WIFI Detection)
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2009, 06:12:00 PM »

I've been Beta testing this software (BlueWatch) and I am using it now. It's pretty impressive!

If you carry a BlueTooth capable cell phone (even if you don't use the BlueTooth) This little piece of software can make your AHP Computer earn its keep. Now your HA PC can tell who is home (or not) based on if the owners cell phone can be seen (or not).

Tuicemen has also added a niffty logger for known and unknown devices. A great way to know when your kids actually did get home from school.. and if they brought friends with them.

Ive been working on Occupancy Sensing for some time... that has even lead to my SARA Project. This smooth working little software, and a cheap USB BlueTooth Dongle turns (what was) months of hard work.. into a 5 minute setup.

I am pretty hyped about Tuicemen's latest software. I even have a BlueWatch Fan Site.

I grew up at home in the 60s and 70s. Am I glad the PC wasn't around then.
No sneakin around at any of your homes.  :-\
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Re: [AHP ADD-ON] BlueWatch (Control via BlueTooth or WIFI Detection)
« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2009, 09:54:08 PM »

Donation sent. I gotta try this out!!  :)%
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Re: [AHP ADD-ON] BlueWatch (Control via BlueTooth or WIFI Detection)
« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2009, 10:21:38 AM »

I did a burn test last night running BlueWatch in logging mode for over 10 hours with no issues!
Since this scans every 10 seconds the log file could fill up quickly so users need to keep an eye on this if using the logging function.
Updated the webpage with some more screen shots showing the pop up notifications.
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Re: [AHP ADD-ON] BlueWatch (Control via BlueTooth or WIFI Detection)
« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2009, 07:12:33 PM »

I'm in, too.  Paypal donation sent.  This will resolve all of my "Am I home?" macro issues.  I can finally get rid of my antique access contol device
and the Weigand proximity sensor.  OK...maybe not...I can still use it as an emergency lockout prevention system...or something.???
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Re: [AHP ADD-ON] BlueWatch (Control via BlueTooth or WIFI Detection)
« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2009, 07:40:57 PM »

The main issue users may find is the range limitations of a BlueTooth phone. There maybe some Class 1 phones out there I'm not sure, but you can always fix the range issue with a USB extention cable.
A extention cable will get that BlueTooth dongle closer to the front door! ;)
Dave_x10_L did just that! ;)
cantbreak80 I'll get the link to you shortly, watch your mail! rofl
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Re: [AHP ADD-ON] BlueWatch (Control via BlueTooth or WIFI Detection)
« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2009, 10:14:00 PM »

...... I can finally get rid of my antique access contol device and the Weigand proximity sensor.  OK...maybe not...I can still use it as an emergency lockout prevention system...or something.???

I was using a car detection device and a key holder for my Occupancy Sensing. Although I could just switch over to the BlueWatch/BlueTooth... I will likely use the buffet method and use a little of this and a little of that. But it's really nice to know I am double-sure with my sensing.

Now.... on to room sensing.
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Re: [AHP ADD-ON] BlueWatch (Control via BlueTooth or WIFI Detection)
« Reply #9 on: December 21, 2009, 12:51:09 PM »

The main issue users may find is the range limitations of a BlueTooth phone. There maybe some Class 1 phones out there I'm not sure, but you can always fix the range issue with a USB extention cable.
A extention cable will get that BlueTooth dongle closer to the front door! ;)

My smartphone will establish a WiFi connection with my home network automatically when I arrive home.  Can you detect when the WiFi connection is made at the PC running AHP?  The WiFi range is greater than the range of Bluetooth (with the possible exception of Class 1).
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Re: [AHP ADD-ON] BlueWatch (Control via BlueTooth or WIFI Detection)
« Reply #10 on: December 21, 2009, 01:10:38 PM »

At the moment BlueWatch only works with BlueTooth devices.
Problem with wifi is not all windows versions use the same APIs. :( There is a patch but I understand it doesn't always work :'(
But I'll dig a little more into this and see what I can come up with.
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Re: [AHP ADD-ON] BlueWatch (Control via BlueTooth or WIFI Detection)
« Reply #11 on: December 21, 2009, 01:21:04 PM »

My smartphone will establish a WiFi connection with my home network automatically when I arrive home.  Can you detect when the WiFi connection is made at the PC running AHP? 

Hummm what would you call that smartphone network software Tuicemen... NetWatch or SmartWatch?
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Re: [AHP ADD-ON] BlueWatch (Control via BlueTooth or WIFI Detection)
« Reply #12 on: December 21, 2009, 01:22:52 PM »

At the moment BlueWatch only works with BlueTooth devices.
Problem with wifi is not all windows versions use the same APIs. :( There is a patch but I understand it doesn't always work :'(
But I'll dig a little more into this and see what I can come up with.
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Thanks for being open to suggestions.  Looking forward to what you might come up with.
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Re: [AHP ADD-ON] BlueWatch (Control via BlueTooth or WIFI Detection)
« Reply #13 on: December 21, 2009, 02:21:06 PM »

Hummm what would you call that smartphone network software Tuicemen... NetWatch or SmartWatch?
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I'll worry about that when/if I find a solution!

On another note:
I'm just putting the final touches in for the official release of BlueWatch .
I've added something special that is sure to please you Dave_x10_L as well as all BVC fans!  ::)
BlueWatch now writes a Wave file each time a device is discovered that has an alert message saved (Connected.wav).
That file name never changes but the contents do!
If one sets up BVC so when you ask "Who's Home?" or what ever you like, have BVC respond with Connected.wav.
If no devices are found connected the file will state "Everyone is gone!"
If BlueWatch has been shut down not to worry the file will state "BlueWatch has been terminated!"

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Just hours left for anyone who wishes to get in on the pre-release price for BlueWatch . ;)
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Re: [AHP ADD-ON] BlueWatch (Control via BlueTooth or WIFI Detection)
« Reply #14 on: December 21, 2009, 02:38:24 PM »

I'm just putting the final touches in for the official release of BlueWatch .
I've added something special that is sure to please you Dave_x10_L as well as all BVC fans! 
......  Just hours left for anyone who wishes to get in on the pre-release price for BlueWatch .

Very very cool Tuicemen!! So if I go to your Site to take advanage of the pre-release price... how much would the donation be?
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