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Tue, Sep. 2nd, 2008, 10:54 am
This is a call to all my past resignations

My building, like many here in the fair City O' Fog, has a door entry system which calls a phone number - I can then buzz the door open using the hash pound octothorpe key. This is handy because even when I'm not home I can let people in. Or if I forget my keys then at least I don't have to wait around outside.

The disadvantage is that I have to have reception. Ironically the worst place for reception is in the apartment. Also, quite often either I or my flat mate are abroad so if you phone one of us then it might well be silly-o-clock where we are.

So what I want is use something like Grand Central or maybe an install of Asterisk or Adhearsion set up with a phone number that calls multiple mobile phones when we're buzzed.

However, there could also be a motion detector (or something that detected our phones connecting to the wireless) in the apartment so that it would also add the land line.

Furthermore it could check our Dopplr feeds and work out if either of us were out of the country and then remove them from the "to call" list.

Because, you know, having a door entry system you have to debug rather than just fricking work sounds like a wonderful idea.

Tue, Sep. 2nd, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
rjw1

a decent phone system should be able to round robin through a group until something answers. admittedly that would be voicemails. so that would suck :)

it could certainly try the landline first. then your mobiles.

Wed, Sep. 3rd, 2008 12:16 am (UTC)
ext_120296: Bluetooth for presence?

There's a bunch of tools for detecting when a Bluetooth device is in range and doing some action, like locking your desktop computer. You could use that to work out if there's someone home.

Fri, Sep. 5th, 2008 01:42 pm (UTC)
sderle

/me hands you a yak, some shaving cream, and a six-pack of safety razors