Create a sensor that sums up number of people in the house

One of the most powerful abilities of Home Assistant is the ability to easily create automation based on the current location of our home users.

For instance, start the vacuum cleaner and 9:00 am, only if you’re not home.

This of course can be done with the built-in automation editor, but the condition for the scenario can be rather long, particularly if there is more than one person in the house.

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Monitor your online devices (Make sure they’re working as expected)

Motivation for this project

Every time I add a new device (IOT, server or other) to my home network, I want to make sure that I can rely on it to do its job and keep being connected.
When a device has a critical part to play in my home or office, I want to be alerted when it fails or if it disconnects from the network/internet.
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