This research work presents the design, specification, and prototype implementation of a composite home automation system using Bluetooth/Wi-Fi over android platform. The research work provides multiple yet simple design approaches for developing flexible and robust home automation system to cater for the deficiency in overall control of user appliances. It also tackles the problems with complexity, multiple incompatible standards and the resulting expenses in the existing systems. The propose system features an Arduino Mega board with core AVR microcontroller (ATmega2560) interfaced to the ubiquitous ESP8266 Wi-Fi chip, Infrared transmitter and receiver mechanism, power relay interface as well as user contact LCD and Keypad. With the HTML5 based intuitive mobile and web applications, unlimited flexibility is induced in the system operations and management. Overall, the system extends the capabilities of home automation beyond the basic appliances switching and monitoring by giving broad control over the appliances’ functionalities in addition to switching their power.
Keywords: Home Automation; Arduino Mega board; AVR Microcontroller; Security System; Android Phone