SMS Controller Kit, $45 @ Altronics
the mind boggles with the whacky applications you could use this for...
This SMS controller allows you to be notified anywhere in the world when a particular condition occurs (for instance, you could use it to notify you when your house alarm triggers, or any time automated equipment starts). It also allows you to return SMS's to the unit effectively "controlling" the device its attached to. So this means you could switch equipment on and off or even perform specific tasks anywhere around the globe!
This kit is designed to operate with the Nokia 3210, 3310, 5110 and 6110 because of their common serial data interface control. These phones are relatively common on the second hand market and can easily be sourced online via eBay etc.
Before buying this project be aware of the limitations the SMS network presents. It does not allow real time control of devices, SMS's may take anywhere between a few seconds to tens of seconds to be delivered. This means it is not suitable for rapidly changing inputs. Secondly, be sure to use the kit with a pre-paid phone ensuring any malfunctions that could possibly occur doesnt cost you a fortune.
An additional use would be to mount it in your car in conjunction with your car alarm to provide not only notification when your alarm sounds, but also the ability to shut the car down if wired into your immobiliser appropriately. This kit literally has endless applications!
Works with popular Nokia brand phones
Eight open collector outputs
Four digital inputs
User programmable plain text message controls
Communicate from any other mobile
On-board phone power supply
Perfect for alarm panels
Can be utilised in cars as a mobile alarm notification/ECU shutdown device