Thanks for replying.DavidL said:It is typically easier to answer these types of questions if you advise what you are trying to accomplish with home automation / security.
You "may" want to look into both an Elk M1 for your security needs and an Ocelot depending on your funding.pequeajim said:I should tell you that I am an Electrical Engineer who specializes in plant automation; Programmable Logic Controllers, high level information systems and operator interfaces, so while I am a total newbe to Home Automation, I do have some experience in computer based control systems.
BraveSirRobbin said:Looking at your experience I can tell you that you will be disappointed with the Elk's lack of PLC programming functionality compared to that of the Ocelot's (in my own opinion of course).
I don't disagree with what you are saying here but I would like to point out that the whole Home/Away paradigm is not universal. Many of us live in more rural areas where security is not the most critical function and it is not unusual to go months between times when the house is ever completely unoccupied. There is usually always somebody at home. The "house is empty all day" lifestyle is fairly popular in urban areas I guess but for someone like me, a Home/Away (Arm/Disarm) type trigger would not be all that useful.Spanky said:It is my opinion that the security system is a vital central element of a home automation system and it needs to be tied closely to the automation operation.
When you arm/disarm the security system, this tells the automation that you are at home or away and the appropriate lights, heating/air, hot water,.... etc. can be adjusted.