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Alarm Monitoring Interface

Alarm Monitoring Interface

Tele-Operated Alarm Monitoring Interface

Quite awhile ago I decided to start trimming the fat from our household budget and looking for ways to reduce or eliminate recurring daily costs as it pertains to day to day life.

...I thought to myself, why am I paying someone $30/month to call me if my house alarm system goes off? I am a systems engineer who specializes in embedded systems by profession so this project was right up my alley.

I turned to Schmartboard for my prototype, what more could a guy need to get started. The thought was that I would use the Schmartboard for the low level bit twiddling and interfacing to the real world. I would use an Xport serial to Ethernet device to handle the communication to and from the computer. I would then use VB6 as my front end to handle the communications bit and message dispatching. And lastly I would use Outlook 2003 to run a macro that would handle the email to VB6 application interface.

Project Description Document (pdf)

Watch Video (youtube)

Platform: Microchip
Designer: Paul Pankratz
Awards: 3rd Place 2010 MCU Challenge
Schematic: See Description Document
Photos: Project Photos (zip)
Code: VB6 Source Code (zip)
VBA Source Code (zip)
PIC microcontroller C source code (zip)

Design submittals are the intellectual property of the applicants and are not to be used for commercial purposes without written approval of the designer. To communicate with the designers or leave comments, see our MCU Challenge 2010 section in the SchmartBoard forum


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