An IT professional is taking the internet of things and putting it into her home, using the internet to keep her home up and running, and stay alive.
“It’s an idea that has been kicking around for a long time and I think it’s one that has always been a challenge to figure out how to integrate,” said Sarah Fergus, a computer science student at Cork University.
“We have to understand how the internet works to get this right.”
The idea of “internet of things” is that a lot of the devices that we carry around in our everyday lives are connected to the internet.
They are able to be controlled by a smartphone or tablet, and are then able to communicate with each other.
“This is the internet that we have,” Ms Fergus said.
How do we make sure it is secure? “
How does it work?
How do we make sure it is secure?
“The idea of internet of devices” Sarah Ferentys, Cork University IT student. “
Photo: Laura Krantz For a start, she needed a device that could connect to her home computer. “
The idea of internet of devices” Sarah Ferentys, Cork University IT student.
Photo: Laura Krantz For a start, she needed a device that could connect to her home computer.
“I really wanted a device which would work with my home computer,” Ms Molloy said.
She looked at several options, including the Raspberry Pi, but found the Raspberry pi wasn’t suitable for the task.
“They’re so cheap, but I think they’re not as secure as I would have liked,” she said.
Sarah Ferens, computer science at Cork university.
Photo from the University of Cork website, with thanks.
“So then I looked at a lot more options, but the one I really liked was the Pi.
It was the cheapest I could find, and it had a really nice screen.”
Sarah Feretys, a student at the University, said the Raspberry PI has been a success.
“When I looked through the reviews of it, it’s really well thought out and well tested,” she explained.
“And then you can just get a Pi and connect it to your home computer and then you have this really cool idea of the internet.”
“So the internet in my home has become much more secure, and I’ve got a lot less of a need for a PC because I’ve done so much work on the Pi,” she added.
Sarah Molloys home computer, the Raspberry Pis.
Photo via the University.
Sarah’s idea is that her home-connected internet-enabled device could be connected directly to her house.
This would allow her to control her home’s power supply, or even control the air conditioner.
Sarah can also use the device to control a TV.
The Raspberry Pi’s software is open source, and anyone can install it onto a Raspberry Pi.
Sarah said that while it wasn’t perfect, it worked very well.
“With a Raspberry I was able to make a few adjustments to it,” she continued.
“But with the Pi, I’m able to have a lot easier control of things.”
She added that her Raspberry Pi device has “the best of both worlds”.
Sarah Ferenys’ home connected internet device.
Photo courtesy of Sarah Mollerys, the University Students’ Union.
Ms Ferentes’ home computer is a Raspberry Pis, which she has modified to work with her home connected device.
She has also connected the Raspberry to the air conditioning and TV in her room.
“My computer is actually very basic,” she laughed.
Sarah Molnows’ home-based internet device, the Pi and the airconditioning. “
The Pi is really good for people who are very new to the Raspberry and who don’t have a PC in the house.”
Sarah Molnows’ home-based internet device, the Pi and the airconditioning.
Photo Courtesy of Sarah Fermanys.
With the help of a Raspberry, Sarah is able to control the TV in a couple of different ways.
“One, I can control the light in my room,” she noted.
“You can also control your fridge, and the TV is controlled remotely.” “
There’s also a way to control my air conditioners,” she concluded.
“You can also control your fridge, and the TV is controlled remotely.”
Sarah is now considering getting more powerful Raspberry Pis for her family, to be able to do more of the things she does online.
“Maybe a Raspberry that has a 100 Watt, and that’s my home-powered TV that I can plug into and control the lights from there,” she joked.
Sarah is also considering getting a Raspberry to run her internet.
“If I want to play a video game on it, I could play it on my Pi,” Sarah said.
While she’s excited about getting her Pi