Is it Possible to use a Rasberry Pie to Run a Home Security System?
I've been doing some research on Rasberry Pie's as I'm looking to switch our office security systems over to something not China made and more safe. So from my research I can see that it is possible to control many things with the RP, but I have some specific questions as below:
1. Is is possible to use multiple RP cameras (say 4) connected to the Pie as a remotely connectable CCTV system?
2. I want to replace our gate system so it can be remotely opened - do I need to use one Pie as a receiver, and another to actually power the gate motor? I'm just trying to figure out the wiring set up on this.
3. How many RPs would I need in total to control 4-6 security cameras, auto gate entry system, auto door entry system (2 doors), and office alarm system (motion sensor)?
I know that's a lot, but any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Hi Anthony, you should try a combination of the Raspberry Pi and the Arduino boards. In my opinion the Arduino would be more suitable for your project. Look at the Raspberry Pi more like a PC while the Arduino is actually a full blown programmable CPU with more option. You find probably prewritten programs for the kind of stuff you are looking to do, a few mods would make it perfect. The board is Italian made but be aware the are Chinese copies who are cheaper. So don't be fooled.
I however would be looking for an Arduino Mega because of the extra memory you get with that board.
Good luck with your project and if might need some extra help don't hesitate to ask for it SL is s nice place to be and learn all kind of stuff.
Thanks so much for the input guys! I really appreciate it... I'll start doing some more research on arduino then and see if I can get that to work. Due to the highly confidential matter of some of our projects and equipment, it's really important to have something that really works, as our old Chinese system got hacked and some stuff stolen from the premises. So yeah, I really want to completely revamp everything...
Eric so you encountered the limitations of the RP Board. The Arduino boards are actually specially developed for controlling things. It's CPU is completely available for controlling and no need of an operating system so it can't be hacked. I do have electronic background as an licensed Amateur Radio Operator. Anthony Quick, if you have a look at the Arduino Forum you will agree. Like I said before the RP is mainly a miniature PC with some analog and digital ports to experiment but not to build something to sustain. Good luck on your search and development.🤔🤔🤔
Anthony Quick if you want something completely safe keep it unplugged from the internet :). Like have your cameras connected to the internet, but the alarm and door controlling system as an independent system. Maybe have only a trigger from the alarm to the cameras system and another from the cameras to the alarm.
From your questions it is clear you are not deep in electronics. Said so, building such a system can be a real headacke. Instead, I would recommend you to buy the alarm system ready from a good known vendor like Siemens, Bosch, Blaupunkt or equivalent. It will give you higher reliability that the system will perform properly. Remember that it must work also without mains power and support electrical discharge.
Please understand that I'm not saying it can't be done, only that it is usually more complex than it looks like, and there are enough good alternatives in the market. And the maintenance of the self-made system can also become a significant part of your time in future, and I guess this is not meant to be your main occupation.
I'm an experienced electronics Technician, mechanical Engineer and programmer, so been there and done it. Gave up after some 5+ years and replaced my own system by a ready off the shelf solution. Off course, this all happend before Internet existed ;)
If you are still interested, take a look at the electronics magazine Elektor. They have hundreds of alarm schematics.
you can use rasberry pi as a controller for cctv cams,security alarms, and auto door systems but sometime a user can may face problem because resberry pi because of its ability to handle load of more than 2-3 security systems(camers,door systems,alarms etc....)
hi there, im new on the forum here, and saw your question about the raspberrys. As a music producer, and on again off again code warrior, ive been fascinated by the easy peasy arduinos and raspberrys. I agree with the other gentlemen to recommended the arduino for your needs. The arduino is darn near like basic to write, and the modular kits available are superb and powerful, it will definetly solve your security issues, and yes, do go with the arduino mega xt. I am working on designing my own midi controllers along with a sound system. all arduino based. what a blast. im digging learning and making the hardware almost as much as making music. my goal is to have every component of my performance made myself, from the speakers, to the lights, to the maschines themselves. Back in the day i did alot of midi c stuff, as well as applescript and visual basic. and man i gotta tell ya, arduino is the shiznit, easy, fills that immediate gratification need, cause you can build your stuff and see it in no time., and i used to specialize in rapid application development. so, i hope this helped in some small way. please update me how your porject is coming!!
I play with the RP and generally it can do what you want. The issue you will encounter though would be its processing speed. 2 cameras on a single pi is already not good in my experience.
For your gate, a single pi and a relay would do the trick. I believe someone did this before at instructables.
Good luck! Happy Coding!