Building the Guardian of the Gate

Mon Jul 8 15:30:00 2013

Those who have been following our recent news articles will know that we have undertaken an office change in the last quarter of the year here at Castle Shadowcat.

We remain in the same building, the rather wonderful Grade II listed barracks building at White Cross in Lancaster, but have moved to a slightly more spacious room for our administrative centre with a pleasing layout.

As part of the move we are installing access control to the offices and because we employ a number of creative tinkerers we are building our own system and coding the access to the system using Perl. The hardware is a raspberry Pi which will allow us to control the system and to further expand it to a far greater degree than a number of pre-configured systems.

As such there is a certain amount of hacker-splurge on the soon-to-be-reordered office spaces. It is an interesting time and our commitment to the local maker Space people is further confirmed with this project and using the offices to allow people to meet and share creative time.

As this work progresses we will keep you all informed.


Box to hold all elements
Box to hold all control elements

Access control board and Raspberry Pi
Access control board and Raspberry Pi

Program environment - drivers and setup
Program environment - drivers and setup