I first started using openHAB over a year ago now and spent months learning the ‘ins and outs’ of openHAB, getting everything just so. I wanted to see what it could do and what it would take to do all the things I wanted. I eventually got to that place and thought it would be really helpful to automate the whole process for other openHAB users. S.A.R.A.H. is what eventually evolved into that solution.
S.A.R.A.H. is a free, opensource, openHAB companion app that gives you a fully configured, working openHAB instance on a raspberry pi in minutes. Here are some of the features currently available (more coming all the time):
- Speech preconfigured
- USB audio preconfigured and ready for speakers
- A fully functioning alarm system patterned after ADT - w/email alerts
- A tamper alarm to manage tamper alerts
- Vacation mode to intelligently turn lights on and off when you're away
- Pre-built and generated dashboards to help you manage the system
- Weather and Astromincal data preconfigured
- Streaming internet radio with channel presets
- Maria DB fully configured for persisting weather and current state data
- The S.A.R.A.H. Command Center (SCC) web app to help you:
- manage openHAB
- create a home template that will generate all the openHAB config files (things, items, rules, sitemap, etc.) - comes with pre-built templates to get you started
- manage all of S.A.R.A.H.'s settings
- manage the Raspberry Pi (send commands directly from the SCC)
- get S.A.R.A.H. updates with the push of a button
So, basically it gives you the ability to setup and run openHAB without having to configure it or write all the code up front. It gives you a starting place in minutes that you can extend and customize as your needs grow. It is the perfect starting place for the new openHAB user, saving you months of work so you can focus on setting up the really cool stuff. If you already have openHAB setup, you can combine what you’ve already accomplished into S.A.R.A.H. and manage everything from the SCC. And, of course… it’s free!
Some of the features coming up next:
- Garage door controller - already working, just need to package it up
- Remote access - also already working, just need to package it as well
- Alexa integration
- Raspberry Pi 4 support
- Some additional maintenance features, etc.
Bottom line, I’m looking for people to try it out and let me know what they think… all feedback is welcome!