So with my new house currently being built – ive been spending some time working out what i want to go into it around automation etc…
I’ll be putting in Lync 2010 with a sip trunk as my phone system… but what about front door camera and door strike access, intercom ?
Mobotix use a grandsteam SIP video phone for a companion to their T24 door access station (which im looking at using, but have not purchased nor used yet)…. cool, but i really dont want to put in a phone that can only be used for door access – seems like a bit of a waste. (and i fully recognise this is Lync ‘s fault for not having SIP over UDP support – like every other VOIP system on the planet)
So i thought – how about i mount windows 7 slates on the wall? They could run a full version of the lync client, be used as phones as well as video intercoms (I havent tried this yet – but there looks like there is an auto-answer tool, at least for OCS 2007 http://quadrantechnologies.wordpress.com/2010/06/04/deployment-validation-tool-auto-answering-agent-updated/)
In addition, i could use a web page to access the mobotix T24 and allow access. Sure mobotix also have their own software solution…. but as always, without having used the software, its hard to know how it really works….
In addition, having a fully fledged PC allows full flexibility for future applications and requirements….
So then comes the next issue, finding a slate PC at a reasonable price point with a wall mount…. there dont seem to be wall mounts out there for these things – not pre-made ones at least. There appears to be some aimed at ipads…. but, well, im after a device i can manage.
I also ran into this http://shop.skinnybytes.com/156-PoE-Computer-AIO-Touch-PoE-156.htm – a POE powered all-in-one machine…. but a bit on the big side at 15.6″ large…. love the concept – a POE powered machine
I get that POE’ing a slate device in one sense defeats the purpose of a mobile device…. but im really not keen on the massively overpriced custom solutions from different vendors in order to automate my home – a solution which i can control and use the available windows or web tools from is preferable by far.
So…. anyone out there have solution? A wall-mounted 10″ Windows 7 slate? Preferably POE ? And available in australia ?