So I have a house with a Brinks security system installed that is not being used.
I was thinking that hacking this with a Electron should be pretty simple and this would actually be a useful project.
So the all the doors and windows already have magnetic reed switches installed to detect if any of them are open or closed.
I’m thinking that all I need to do is figure out which wires are ran to each window and door switch and then read the OPEN or closed status via a I/O pin on the Electron. These wires are probably pretty long considering they are running throughout the whole 1500 square foot house. Should the long wires be a issue or not?
I have power to this box so I can feed the Electron power 24/7 and if the power goes out the battery will keep it running for 24 hours or more.
I think the easiest thing to do is hook this up with Ubidots to trigger SMS phone alerts & email alerts when any of the doors are opened and then log that data also for future reference.
I could also find the siren that they should have installed also and use it if I want to using a Mosfet to feed it 12v power.
I’m mainly just looking for advice on tapping the door and window switches with the Electron and how to properly write the code so its scanning all these as quickly as possible without blocking other functions from running.
Any ideas or improvements are welcome.
I guess I could use a XBee and have this Same Electron tell me when the mail arrives via another Xbee in the mail box.