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Building a Home Security System with BeagleBone [Format Kindle]

Bill Pretty

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One of the best kept secrets of the security industry is just how simple the monitoring hardware actually is - BeagleBone has all the computing power you need to build yourself an extremely sophisticated access control, alarm panel, and home automation and network intrusion-detection system. Security companies make a fortune each year by charging exorbitant fees to their customers. You will learn how easy it is to make an alarm system with Beaglebone.

A company-maintained-and-monitored alarm system has its place - your dear old mum is probably not going to be creating her own system any time soon. But if you are reading this book, you are probably a builder or a hobbyist with all the skills required to do it yourself. With Building a Home Security System with BeagleBone, you will learn everything you need to know to develop your own state-of-the-art security system, all for less than a year’s worth of monitoring charges from your local alarm company!

You will start by building and testing your hardware and open source software on an experimenter’s prototype board before progressing to more complex systems. You will then learn how to test your new creations in a modular fashion and begin to utilize BeagleBone. Once your system is built and tested, you will install some of the professional-grade sensors used in modern alarm systems and learn how to use them. You will also discover how to extend your alarm system in a variety of different ways. The only limit will be your imagination.


Building a Home Security System with BeagleBone is a practical, hands-on guide for practical, hands-on people. The book includes step-by-step instructions for assembling your own hardware on professionally manufactured PCB’s and setting up the software on your system.

Who this book is for

This book is for anyone who is interested in alarm systems and how they work; for hobbyists and basement tinkerers who love to build things. If you want to build the hardware described in this book, you will need some basic soldering skills, but all the parts are of the thru-hole variety and are very easy to put together. When it comes to software, you can just run it as-is, but if you want to modify the code, you will need knowledge of Java and IDEs.

Biographie de l'auteur

Bill Pretty

Bill Pretty began his career in electronics in the early 80s with a small telecom startup company that eventually became a large multinational. He left there to pursue a career in commercial aviation in North Canada. From there he joined the Ontario Center for Microelectronics, a provincially funded research and development center. He left there for a career in the military as a civilian contractor at what was then called the Defense Research Establishment, Ottawa. That began a career that was to span the next 25 years, and continues today.

Over the years, Bill has acquired extensive knowledge in the field of technical security and started his own company in 2010. That company is called William Pretty Security Inc. and provides support in the form of research and development to various law enforcement and private security agencies.

While this is Bill's first book, he has published and presented a number of white papers on the subject of technical security. Bill was also a guest presenter for a number of years at the Western Canada Technical Conference, a law-enforcement-only conference held every year in Western Canada. A selection of these papers is available for download on his website.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Short and sweet book for security system noobs 3 février 2014
Par Philip A. Polstra - Publié sur Amazon.com
First Impressions

Disclaimer: I recognized the author as a frequent participant on the BeagleBoard mailing list. Packt Publishing provided me with a copy of this book in order to do this review.

This is a very short book. The nine chapters comprise a mere 88 pages. It seemed odd that such a short book had five technical reviewers.

What this book is about

The first two chapters in the book cover the basics of alarm systems and a very simple single zone alarm system. The third chapter discusses planning for an alarm system installation.

Chapters 4 and 5 are about building and testing hardware. Several printed circuit boards (PCB) are presented in these chapters.

Chapter 6 covers automation. Chapters 7 and 8 provide ideas on using the BeagleBone to monitor your home networks as the alarm system functionality doesn't even come close to tapping out the capacity of the BeagleBone. The final chapter mentions some additions that could be made to your alaram system such as RFID readers, fingerprint scanners, etc.

Who is this book for?

If you are and experienced electronics hobbyist with some knowledge of Javascript contemplating building a security system this could be a good book for you. A lot of electronics is assumed in this book. None of the circuit components are explained with the exception of comparators which are briefly discussed and related to op-amps which are not covered at all. Transistors, etc. just appear in circuits.

The book also seems to assume the reader is familiar with PCB manufacturing. The appropriate files are provided to etch your own PCBs, but unless I missed it there are no pre-made boards available. Wiring harnesses are shown and other than a tip to use needlenose pliers instead of an expensive crimping tool no direction is given on how to build these.

If you understood what I said in the two paragraphs above, you will probably be fine with this book. Having never build a security system myself, I definitely learned a few things reading this book.

Who the book is NOT for

If you have never built any electronics before or are just getting started in electronics this is probably not the book for you. I suspect you will be frustrated by a lack of fundamental electronics knowledge. I would be much less concerned if Javascript is new to you, but you have some background in electronics.

If you are also interested in home automation, you might be OK if you read the BeagleBone Home Automation book by Juha Lumme (also reviewed here on my blog[...]) first to get some background before reading this book. Alternatively, some of the Make electronics books or similar might be helpful.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good collection of home security projects 28 janvier 2014
Par Joshua Datko - Publié sur Amazon.com
Building a Home Security System with BeagleBone, by Bill Pretty, is an excellent collection of DIY projects. He unmasks common home security techniques in a clear and concise manner for hobbyists. There are several fun and practical projects that make you feel a bit like a super-spy as you build up a system of motion, infrared, and acoustic sensors.

In this book, you will learn how various sensors can protect doors, windows, and other entry-ways and even how to protect against attacks like wire-cutting. There are plenty of pictures in various stages of the project as well as schematic and Fritzing diagrams. The system described is complete and modular. There are three Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) designs which are fully presented and can be extended to accommodate additional sensors in the network.

The JavaScript library for the projects are available on the publisher’s website and it is designed to work with the Cloud9 IDE on an Angstrom Distribution. The examples were developed on a BeagleBone White, but the author states that care was taken to be BeagleBone Black compatible.

I especially liked the suggestion of remote monitoring and control to the security system. With a few external packages, Bill shows how to configure remote access to the system and provides examples on basic system hardening. In addition to his recommendations, you will want to add SSL to your BeagleBone server to protect the confidentiality of your traffic if you use a web-based interface.

This book is not meant to replace a nuclear missile security system and Bill is very upfront and honest about the capabilities of the design. If you are looking for a moderate to advanced series of projects that will put your BeagleBone to good use, this is a great book. Although, be warned, once you start tinkering with security systems, your paranoia levels start to rise!
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Solid project report 14 janvier 2014
Par tamberg - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Building a Home Security System with BeagleBone provides a compact overview of the basic components, wiring, function and secure implementation of an Internet-connected intrusion alarm using one of my favourite open source hardware platforms. As a newcomer to home security I definitely learned a thing or two about how such systems work. Taking into consideration the short length of this book, Bill Pretty managed to pack in a surprising amount of details and some serious knowledge. Disclosure: I'm a founder of Yaler, a relay service mentioned in this book. - Thomas Amberg (@tamberg)
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A good introduction to secuirty systems 28 février 2014
Par Doug Duncan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Disclaimer: I was given a reviewer's copy of 'Building a Home Security System with BeagleBone'. The fact that I was given a copy of this book has in no way influenced my review.

Building a Home Security System with BeagleBone by Bill Pretty was a fun book to read.

Bill starts out by giving a quick overview of alarm system sensors: passive infrared, glass break and temperature and then walks you through building a simple alarm.

Chapters 3 and 4 walk you through planning how to layout your system, build the hardware and writing some software to control it.

Chapters 5 and 6 take you through testing and automating the system.

In chapters 7 and 8, Bill gives a solution that will allow you to use the built system to also go through an protect your home's computer network.

The book concludes with a chapter that gives ideas on devices that could be added on such as a fingerprint scanner or RFID reads.

Even though I might never actually build my own home security system, it was interesting to see how the BeagleBone can be used to run this type of system.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Lacks depth 15 octobre 2014
Par Hugo Marrero - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
It is an okay book. It delivers exactly what it promises. No more, no less.
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