Polly is a domestic control system consisting of software running on a server, and a network of equipment to allow this software to control various aspects of the domestic environment. Polly is over twenty years old, the first version went live in July 1993.
Polly-Pi mixes old and new, taking the existing Polly software and deploying it on the Raspberry Pi.
This web site is still incomplete. I will add more details as time goes on.
Here's a quick list of what Polly does for me:
- Turn on the lights when I go into a room.
- Control the central heating. I work on an eight day shift pattern, so of course Polly is not restricted to the normal seven day week.
- Wake me up at the right time, again with an eight day pattern.
- Tell me the time.
- Monitor the temperature around the house, including in the loft, and activate the heating if there's any risk of freezing.
- Control what plays on my audio system, and switch it off after a period of silence, or when I leave the house.
- Record the number from incoming phone calls and show a name if the number is recognised.
- Put lights on in various rooms when I'm out to simulate a presence in the house.
- Monitor the front door bell.
- And so on . . .