August 29, 2014 AT 12:00 am

Build a Raspberry Pi SMS garage door butler #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi

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Thanks to David for sending in his great instructables project! View the full tutorial here.

Most Raspberry Pi garage door remotes had open ports, or other features I wasn’t too fond of. So I created my own that contains much more security, logging of who opens the garage, video capture, garage status and more.

Features:

  • 100% secure garage door operation, with access control lists. Only authorized family members can open.
  • Ability to monitor or control garage anywhere in the world from a controlled website, with no open router ports
  • Full video capture of who’s coming into the garage, uploaded securely to your website for later perusal
  • Ability to remotely stop or kill the process in case of malfunction or abuse
  • Email notifications when a family member arrives or leaves the house
  • Cheap SMS solution (3/4 a cent per text), with no GSM card purchases or any cell contracts
  • Standard Linux code, easily setup on a new Pi, and quickly portable to other platforms like BeagleBone or whatever future
  • Linux technology arrives. Basically, I wanted the ability to restore this system on a fresh device within 30 minutes or less

Read the full tutorial here.

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