I am interested in this topic as I live in a bushfire prone area. I am a member of the RFS and have been for over 30 years. We have been through three bushfires, however the last one in 2013 no-one was home to start our bushfire pump system. We survived but many in our area did not.
I realised that there is a need to have an ability to remotely start a bushfire pump when needed if you are away at work or on holidays if a bushfire is imminent.
I am a complete newbie to Arduino and never done any computer programming although I have an interest in building things.
This is my first post and I am aware that there was an old topic here https://forum.arduino.cc/index.php?topic=206667.0 which describes a similar idea.
I receive my arduino kit tomorrow but I have been watching some youtube tutorials and have had a go a writing an SOS blink code with some LEDs which I will try out with my kit when it arrives. Fingers crossed it will work as planned. :)
Ideally I would like to have my rewmote start system to work as follows 1. Monitor temperature sensors and start the pump automically when needed and send me an SMS. 2. Separate function of being able to SMS message to pump to start (which would include activating the choke, probably by servo or perhaps a door actuator) 3. SMS back to me that pump has started and is running. 4. Ability to SMS back to pump to stop and have the pump SMS me that it has stopped 5. Monitor pressure in the pump output and shut the pump down if it is too low (indicating that the water source is too low) 6. Monitor water level in the pool and shut down if water level is too low.
Currently I have sprinklers on my house and shed roof and around the property. I have the pump connected to a 2300 litre water tank and a 15000 litre above ground pool and I can run from either or both water reservoirs. The pump is electric start and is connected to solar trickle chrager to keep battery charged.
Anybody who any experience or advice or code that I could start with is appreciated and if anyone has done anything similar (e.g. SMS start a petrol generator) if they could point me in the right direction it would be helpful