For the heating system, I have used:

  1. A Raspberry Pi model B: Raspberry Pi model B.
  2. DI.O devices produced by Chacon that permit the radio transmission at 433MHz: Kit 3 prises.
  3. Aurel RF transmitter: Aurel RF. But there is a less expensive solution on Ebay that works as well: 433 MHz Transmitter.
  4. A DS18B20 temperature sensor: DS18B20 sensor.
  5. Some wires :).
  6. Optional: for an elegant solution, and if you plan to use Raspberry for other projects, I have used the Adafruit Prototyping Pi Plate Kit for Raspberry Pi: Pi Plate.
  7. Optional: a half-size breadboard: Mini breadboard.

For storing the data provided by the temperature sensor I am using the w1 interface of the sensor, like in the tutorial proposed by Adafruit. These values are saved in a file *.rrd (hometemp.rrd), since I will use RRDTool for the design of my graphics. To install RRDTool, type in the command line: sudo apt-get install rrdtool

I also used Pearl scripting language for grabbing the outside temperature. To install it: sudo apt-get install libwww-perl

The Pearl code for reading the temperature data in Celsius from the sensor (

To find a metar station nearest you, use this list of stations and replace the ICAO code KMSN with the ICAO code of the station you would like to use at end of the $metar_url vairable.

Since now we can collect all the temperature information in the hometemp.rrd file. Next, we will use RRDTool to create beautiful graphs and to visualize them. After creating the graphs we will use them in the Android interface via Openremote platform (Openremote). The first thing to do is to download the Openremote Controller 2.1.0 (!!! The oldest ones may not work): Openremote-Controller-2.1.0. After you unzip it, you need to transfer it to Rasperry Pi. The most simplest solution for doing this is FilleZilla, of course :): FileZilla . Then, you just need to specify the IP address of Rasperry Pi, its login username password and the port (22 for ssh) and to transfer the unzipped folder to a folder of Rasperry Pi (for me is in home folder).

Once you have the Operemote-Controller folder on RaspberryPi (mine is in /home/pi/), we will create the graphs that will be used in the interface. My solution is here (

Don’t forget to make everything as executable (chmod +x and to test it before :)

Let’s design the Android interface! First, Sign up in the Openremote online Composer: Openremote-composer

After this you will see the blank-page Modeler.jsp. Click on UI Designer, then New Panel. Define the Panel Type (Android or Iphone) and choose the dimensions. Then New Screen. Design the buttons as you want.

For the moment, we don’t link the buttons with the RF transmitter module. We will just get the created graphs from Raspberry. To do this, you just need to specify in the URL section the location of your images. The code I provided put the images in home/pi/OpenRemote-Controller-2.1.0_SNAPSHOT-2013-06-17/webapps/controller. I recommend to let it like this. So, the location will be: IP_address_of_RasperryPi/controller/temp_daily.png for the graphics that show the daily change in temperature. You can do this for other graphics (temp_monthly.png, temp_daily.png, temp_yearly.png).

  • You need to download OpenRemote on your mobile device. It can be found on Play Store. After installation, you need to give the address of the controller IP_address_of_RasperryPi/controller.
  • Also, to synchronize the OpenRemote Designer with the OpenRemote Controller, you need to open the webpage of the controller:...
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