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    The piCino Voice-Control-Server for bticino is now available. It’s a hardware device which makes it possible to voice- and app-control your Bticino-System using openHAB.

    For voice-control input you need one of the following devices, too:

    • Amazon Echo (voice-control via Alexa)
    • Apple iPad/iPhone (voice-control via Siri)
    • Google Home (voice-control via Google assistant)

    To control your Bticino-system, one of the following Bticino devices is needed too:

    • Webserver F453AV / F454
    • Basic Gateway F455
    • Scenariomodule MH200 / MH200N / MH202

    The piCino is the gateway between different voice-control-input types (like Alexa etc.) to the Bticino-bus.
    Additionally you can control your configured Bticino-components with 3 different types of Apps:

    • openHAB-App (iOS / Android / Windows Phone)
    • Amazon-Alexa-App (iOS / Android / FireOS)
    • Apple-Home-App (iOS)

    With each app you can control your Bticino locally in WLAN and from outside, too.
    The piCino is connected to your Bticino-system via LAN.
    To configure your piCino, a free windows-software, called piCinoBuilder, can be downloaded from our homepage which makes it very easy to configure, which voice-command controls which Bticino-actor.

    For further information and purchase the piCino, please visit our homepage:
    https://picino.net




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    Interesting. But what can piCino do more than what everyone can already  do by himself: buying a RaPi and installing openHAB, BTicino/HomeKit bindings and connecting to the openHAB cloud and therefore to Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant ?

    m

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 3 months ago by  mvalla.



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    mvalla
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    You are right. You can do everything by yourself – it’s a RaspPi and openHAB and the openHAB cloud.

    But it’s a little bit more:
    – it’s not a standard raspian-image on the SD. We made an image by ourself with a base linux and all services (openhab and some others) are running on docker. We also have a monitoring service which recognizes, if a docker-container isn’t running correctly and restarts it.
    – and we are using very high quality industrial SD-cards with advanced wear leveling, power-failure-protection and a lifetime of 192 Terrabyte writes.
    – and you get a din-rail housing with a reverse polarity protection cable or a standalone housing.

    Of course you can buy and build everything by yourself. But we had a lot of work with building the system and trying different hardware-components and now, with the piCino, you get an very stable system with very good hardware.

    Another advantage is the configuration:
    You don’t have to create your configuration files with editors and copy it to the RaspPi. We programmed a Windows-software “piCinoBuilder” which can be downloaded for free from our homepage picino.net.
    With this software you can easily and fastly build your configuration for voice-control (with drop-down-boxes etc) and you can manage many different configurations. And with one click, you can send your whole configuration to your piCino. The piCino is autodetected from the software, so you don’t need to know IP-adress. After sending the configuration, the piCino is refreshing openHAB automatically and your voice-control is ready to use.

    So, the piCino is thought for people, who are no programmers or IT-specialists. And of course anyone, who does not have the time for spending hours in setting up a voice-control-system.




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    Ok, thanks for the answer and clarification.

    I was wondering if you are aware that the openHAB Bticino binding v1 is outdated and not maintained anymore. It has also several bugs in the connection part where many monitoring messages are lost when more devices are present. It does not support HMAC auth that is needed by newer gateways. Any more issues.

    A new generation v2 binding is being developed, you may be interested in considering it (I am evaluating several licensing options).

    See: https://community.openhab.org/t/bticino-openwebnet-new-openhab2-binding-ready-for-testing/43377/

    Regards,

    M




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    mvalla
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    Thank you for the infos. Yes I am using the old binding. But it works very well (for what I need).

    I‘ve already seen there is a new binding in work. And I would like to test it, but had no time yet.

    I have to upgrade my openhab first. I‘m running on 2.2.

    I will tell you when I have tested the new binding.

    One question: I would like to support CEN commands. In the old binding it‘s not working. And in the new binding there is no support. Is there a plan to support CEN in the future?




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    Hi,

    when do you plan to release the new updates? I am interested in it.

    Thanks




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    I will try to do it in November.

    I will post it in here, when there is a new Update available.




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    Any news on thaat solution?




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    djtom2002
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    Yes – sorry I forgot to post it in here.

    On december we release a new update (V 2.0) of our piCinoBuilder-Software (for configuration of the picino).
    New features:
    – possibility to create rooms and group items by the rooms (in the app and web)
    – support for shutters with Google Home and Apple Siri (not only for Amazon Alexa)
    – possibility to add items on a secondary bus
    – display Bticino-devices in item windows
    – some bugfixes

    We also successfully tested our piCino with Italian language!
    A client of us is working with the Alexa in Italian language and installed openHAB-skill (for english) and added items with the piCinoBuilder in Italian language and it works perfectly he told us.

     

     




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    Here a screenshot from picinoBuilder V2.0

    picinoBuilder V2.0




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