The core of this project is to develop a series of Python tools, running on a Raspberry Pi, that can detect the comings and goings of MAC addresses on a household network. The system will then be able to turn around and offer this information up to other systems upon authentication and request, to help establish the presence of a person within the home. Alternatively, the system could "push" the information across the network, as part of a situational awareness network.
This project is a part of a larger project, to build a home monitoring/home automation system based upon distributed Raspberry Pi's. A goal of that project is to create a system that can tell if a person is at home, to some level of precision, and actively ask the user if it cannot tell, with a high level of certainty, if the user is present, given some external stimulus/sensor interrupt (A car arriving in the driveway, a package delivery, the garage door being left open for too long).