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HACS - House Access Control System with fun doorbell

This is the video presentation I submitted for round 2 of the Microsoft "Dare To Dream Different" competition.

The main functions of the system are:

  • Guard dog barks when guests arrive at the door. Activated by movement detected by a PIR sensor.
  • Doorbell playing different individual tunes, stored as MP3 files on USB memory stick. Using VMUSIC2 MP3 player module.
  • Door access control with electronic door lock and door open/close sensor.
  • Door access can be controlled remote by sending SMS to the system from a mobile phone. Using a GSM modem.
  • Door alarms are sent as SMS to predefined mobile phone number.
  • Guest can write a SMS message which is sent to a predefined mobile phone number.

Unfortunately some parts of the video is a little dark, but I hope that you can see it anyway.

As the length of the video for the competition could not be more than 10 minutes, I ran out of time to show all features in the system. Maybe I will add more video clips of this later.


Comments (13) -

  • Pavel Bansky

    5/20/2009 10:46:58 PM |

    Hi Peter,

    this is perfect! Nice project and also nice and demonstrative video.
    I hope you will share some of your experience on your blog.

    Good luck in the contest

  • Peter

    5/21/2009 10:04:40 AM |

    Hi Pavel,
    Thanks. My plan is to describe each part of the project components here on my blog.

  • Peter

    5/24/2009 9:28:16 PM |

    Thanks Valter.
    I also wish you good luck with your project for the next round in the competition.

  • George

    6/20/2009 5:43:49 PM |

    Very nicely done. Good luck on making it to the next round.

  • Peter

    6/21/2009 12:36:11 PM |

    Thanks George. I appreciate your comment.

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    7/12/2009 11:59:35 PM |

    A lot cheaper than keeping a real dog!

  • Peter

    7/16/2009 12:19:40 AM |

    Hi all,
    Thanks for your comments. As I wrote some time ago, it is my plan to write articles describing the various building blocks of my competition project.
    Unfortunately time is a limited resource, so please be patient. It will come.

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    9/18/2009 4:15:29 PM |


    This doorbell is so awesome, I definitely need to create one like this to have some fun and scare my guests. Thanks for sharing this with the world.

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    9/30/2009 11:55:43 AM |

    Peter! this is so cool. I wanted to have this kind of doorbell in my house. I wonder what will be my guest's impression. Smile

  • waggi

    12/2/2009 6:03:28 AM |

    Great post.


    12/2/2009 6:06:20 AM |

    It is advisable to have this Control system to secure a house. This will also prevent from thief. Good work I would like to have this and put in my house.

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