Home Assistant Podcast 62 – 0.105 and Home Assistant as a solar controller with John

February 6, 2020    Download

Home Assistant Podcast 62 – 0.105 and Home Assistant as a solar controller with John

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New Name for Home Assistant

Announced a couple of weeks ago, Home Assistant will be renaming some moving parts to help make it easier for new users to understand what they are installing.


  • Hass.IO is now called Home Assistant
    Hass.IO is the all-in-one system that can run addons completely managed through the interface.

  • Home Assistant is now called Home Assistant Core
    If you’ve manually installed Home Assistant yourself, either through Docker or perhaps a Python pip install, you’re now running Home Assistant Core.




New Features

  • UI changes for the configuration area
    The configuration area has a lot of love added. Including a brand new zone editor
  • Sighthound Integration
    Sighthound offers a cloud API for developers to scan images for objects. Using this new integration, Home Assistant can send an image to the Sighthound API and Home Assistant will have a sensor value with the number of people detected in the image.
  • Gammu Local SMS Notifications
    If you have a local USB GSM modem, you can have Home Assistant send SMS notifications without an active internet connection.
  • Template Alarm Panel
    Allows you to create an alarm panel using template values. Great if you want to create an alarm panel in Home Assistant, and you don’t have a security system or MQTT.


Breaking Changes




Deprecated Features


Other Noteworthy Updates



Discussion with John


Home Assistant Cloud by Nabu Casa

Easily connect to Google and Amazon voice assistants for a small monthly fee that also supports the Home Assistant project. Configuration is via the User Interface so no fiddling with router settings, dynamic DNS or YAML.


Todays Guest

John Cromer

I am a solar contractor and educator who has gotten into Home Assistant for energy controls. I use HA to take advantage of my utility's time-of-day rate structure, and have a unique construction-side perspective for HA installs, which I am developing over at levll.com (pronounced Level).


The Hosts

Phil Hawthorne

Phil is a Melbourne based web developer who lives and breathes technology. When he's not at his day job, he’s in his home office attempting to simplify his life through complicated tech.

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Rohan Karamandi

Rohan from Toronto, Canada works in the Technology sector as an architect designing network and datacenter solutions for his customers. His passion for technology stems from there and extends to IoT and home automation

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