Rich, if you get a small computer (ideally an open source one like “Raspberry Pi” or “Beagleboard”), connect it to an arduino, and then connect the arduino to some of the first sensors you want…..then connect the computer to the web and give me remote access….I should be able to start playing around with developing software to transmit the data from the sensors to the web, and to control the arduino.
I’ll need to learn what I’m doing as I go, so it might take some time, but I’m happy to give it a shot.
I’m thinking a copy of “lubuntu” might be the best operating system (I’m biased because I use it already for my PC) but any common linux system should do it. If you need help setting up the operating system and remote access let me know.
No need for the wireless connection for now, just plug it straight into your own modem. The wireless modem can be added later. The key at this stage is developing the software to transmit data to the web, and to also control the arduino from the web. Once that works it can be made wireless.
It may be a single raspberry pi (computer board) and a single arduino doesn’t have enough power to run the entire thing, but they’re so cheap it would be better to have 5 or 10 of them running side by side, than to get a single laptop. Then if one fails the rest can keep working.
I prefer distributed approach because I’ve experienced major failures of large centralized systems, losing data, etc.
The distributed approach is a bit more complex but very worth it.
Got my first ***king job since Jan 2011. For those of you who have seen me on here since way back then I want to thank u for putting up with me. Ill keep u guys updated on the Bergstead project as much as I can. Thanks all of you!!