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Sun, Apr 29, 2018 1:17 AM

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Schedule alarm on/off

On my previous system I had the alarm on a schedule to arm throughout the night and disarm in the AM. Does SimpliSafe have this feature? I can't find it.

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4 y ago

I would like for simplisafe to add a Schedule program option to the system. The schedule will activate/deactivate the alarm at a set time Mon/Fri and weekends and daily customization, similar to a thermostat programming options.  This would simplify alarm operation and I wouldn't have to get up from bed when I forget to turn the system on at night.
Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled Suggestion: Alarm schedule.

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Well once home automation system get integrated  that will be a feature you could do... (i.e. HK/GH/AA)

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4 y ago

No, they don't have that feature.

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4 y ago

I have a new account and I am disappointed to learn there is no way to automatically schedule arming/disarming of the system on a daily basis. Are there any plans to implement this in the future?
Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled Any updates to automatically arm/disarm

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@david.branin, there isn't yet but with the Amazon Echo  (and other integration) it should should only be a matter of time.  There are, however, in my book, much more pressing product developments, like the announced video doorbell and outside cameras.

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I disagree -- there are plenty of video doorbells on the market, but I only have one alarm system and I cannot schedule it to disarm unless SimpliSafe implements this feature. Please do!

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Why do you NEED to program it to disarm?  I can almost see the utility of programmed arm, but programmed disarm seems to have little value and be very high risk of having the system disarmed at times which it should not be (when the disarm occurs on a day which does not follow the usual schedule)

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I could see this being a good value for businesses maybe, but at my home I would never want this feature.

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Alexa integration for SS3 is active and works fine!  You can arm system with Alexa but you still need to disarm by remote, keypad or SS app. I'm sure this is for security so someone can't say "Alexa, set simplisafe to off" through your door or window.

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4 y ago

I want arming of the alarm via a daily schedule. Let's say M-F arm yourself AWAY at 9:00AM. Occasionally, a last family member to leave will forget to arm the alarm, leaving it unarmed for hours, until one of use noticed nothing is set. Another popular setup would be HOME at 11:00pm everyday. We occasionally forget this setting too.

I have SS2 and haven't decided as yet to upgrade to SS3.

Rich J
Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled Scheduled Arming

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I am not familiar with any security system that allows this type of scheduling. I guess I can see why you might want it, but my assumption is that this is something that would likely not be offered by SS as the risk of false alarms increase drastically and therefor would outweigh the benefit of so few who would want this option.

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My previous Comcast home security system offered scheduling for arming and disarming.

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Thanks for the response. Comcast has done it and others will add this feature creating more value. If SS wants to grow the product add then add useful features to keep the home armed when its needed. If your home you'll disarm it to HOME.

Another work around is in the phone app to remind, only if unarmed, notify alarm is "OFF" do want to ARM now at a predetermined time per your setting?

Rich J

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If you are a homekit user and when SS adds homekit support this this type of automation should be trivial.
Or if you have homekit setup now and you don't want to wait you can install homebridge with simplisafe. There are versions that work with both SS2 and SS3.

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I don't know what homekit is? I think some apple product. I just want an aid or reminder to not leave my alarm UNarmed everyday.

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3 y ago

I have a small business with different employees leaving at night and opening up in the morning. I would like the ability to schedule the arming and disarming everyday. Does SimlpiSafe offer this feature?
Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled Scheduled Alarming

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No.  There has been several threads on this site concerning this enhancement.  No response from SS, so the general consensus is this won't be a feature any time soon.

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Automatic disarming would be a severe security risk, and automatic arming would be a risk too, plus encourage false alarms.

I don't get it.  Your employees aren't smart enough to have arming as part of their exit process, and disarming as part of their entry process?  How come you risk leaving people that incompetent on their own in your business?

Maybe have a big sign next to the time clock?  Presumably they do manage to clock in and out reliably.

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2 y ago

Hello,

I am trying to find out if SimpliSafe is working on a feature where I can set up auto recurring alarms on certain days and times?
Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled Auto Schedule Alarms

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Set up "alarms"?  You mean you want the system to go off at various times?  That seems a bit odd.  Are you trying to donate money to your city for false alarm fees?

I suspect what you really are asking for is automatic arming and possibly disarming.  This has been asked for a lot, and there is no indication that SS is working on it.  There is a good chance that in order to implement it,  it would require a new base and possibly a new keypad.  

So a) they probably won't work on it since it is a bad idea for a SECURITY system (auto-arm increases false alarms and auto-disarm leads to not detecting break-ins), b) they probably won't work on it because it does not fit with their design which they are exceedingly wedded to, and c) if by some miracle they do work on it, it probably won't be until SS4 or later, which means probably several years.  And they won't announce it prior to release, and maybe not even after release and some customer will find it accidentally and mention it here in the forum.

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Thanks for your feedback :-). Yeah the automatic arming and  disarming I was asking about. Other companies I have been with in the past did have that feature build in as rules.

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Yes! I was wondering the same thing! Most of us don't always remember to put on the alarm..   So, for me at least and many others that means no alarm at least one time a week. Going to call Simplisafe about this later today actually. How the hell does have this and not Simplisafe! ADT had it as well. Other than this, Simplisafe seems good so far and we have a large setup, but this is a big thing missing which will quite possibly have me return it at all and go with another company.

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This is such a must have feature!
Yes, this feature is must needed. I want to schedule to set "Home" mode during night times. Always, I had to to remember to do that. Sometimes I forget. It is better to have schedule feature to control it.

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8 m ago

I know it's been asked before but I want to add my thin voice to the crowd... please add an auto-arm by schedule feature!  I was with some "other guys" prior to SimpliSafe and the set alarm times for nighttime arming was one of the most helpful features.  If competitors can do it... :)

Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled Schedule times to arm

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It's not a matter of "being able to do it", it's a matter of "should it be done" and what are the safety considerations.  As for auto arming, there are valid points on either side and they tend to balance.  Auto disarming tends to put convenience over safety and that's not a good choice.

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They didn’t ask for auto-disarming, but auto-arming. On a schedule. And I agree, this is an important feature we should have. 

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@bfltsnik Many people have asked for auto-disarm as well as auto-arm.  A useful feature?  For some.  An important feature?  Not even in the top ten of desired improvements.  If they are going to work on things, I would say that safety, effectiveness and reliability are much more important than convenience.  

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@sevensiamesecats​ We get it.  You’re against it.  You can go for full on bunker mode but others may not live the same lifestyle as you.  I’d personally prefer the convenience.  As I’ve read from quite A LOT of other customers it would be their number one feature request.  You’ve made your point VERY clear as I think have the other 30 people in this post.  

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7 m ago

Hi, just wanted to put in my vote that I think there should be a scheduled arming feature (I see previous forum posts where this has been requested a lot). My previous Digital Life system had it, and it was nice to have as a safeguard in case of forgetting to do it myself in the evening. In fact, it's this missing feature that right now has me a bit hesitant about whether to keep the Simplisafe (I just made the switch yesterday since Digital Life will no longer be supporting cellular emergency calls, and I didn't like the 3 year contract and more expensive monthly cost for the Brink upgrade they offered). Yes, I know you can set reminders, but that isn't as useful as I'm not always checking the notifications on my phone.

That said, I found that you can set up a scheduled arm (no disarm) if you have Google assistant/home. Simply create a routine in the Google home app that runs at a specified time each day, and have it arm your security system as the action for that routine.

Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled Scheduled arming and Google Assistant

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7 m ago

I've been asking for years now for Simplisafe to include auto scheduler for alarm to be turned on at designated times.   

Many times someone comes home late and forgets to put alarm on before bed,  MyQ Garage Door opener has that feature...

It makes sense....please ask Simplisafe to get it done.....thanks.

Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled Craig

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4 m ago

I just got this system. This is the first feature I am looking for. I have a daily schedule on my current alarm system to arm at night at multiple times and disarm once in the morning.  When I go on multi day trip, I disable this schedule and re-enable it when I am back. 

After 4 years since this post, I don't see this feature implemented. I have been using my current system for well over 10 years in this way. I am disappointed about simplisafe right now. This may be a reason for me to return this product.

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@etunnel​ thanks for the feedback.

Right now, the philosophy is that whenever the system is armed or disarmed, it's always from a direct action by a human. So we do already have a reminder function that notifies you when it's time. But you'd still have to press the button yourself.

That's not to say that this will always be the case. Our engineering team is very open to feedback from users like you!

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Anybody tried using IFTTT with Alexa skill to do this? - I’ll have a whirl at some point and feedback if not (although I don’t want the feature myself 🤪

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Plenty of threads on this. Sooo…you can setup Alexa routine to run the SS skill same time every day, but the skill is very limited and requires voice response “arm home/away” or similar. At least this will prompt you if you set Alex device as your phone. You may me able to set up a geo fence using IFTTT and another suitable app and use MKZense to trigger the same Alexa routine when you leave the house but I haven’t explored that. 

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@davey_d​ how can customers influence the engineering decision on this? Vote?

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@davey_d​ While I understand the reason behind this explanation, it still alienates those who have unique situations or desire to have a schedule to arm/disarm the alarm. If there is a risk/legal concern to allow customers to use this feature, have the customer agree to something indicating they understand they are responsible for ensuring their alarm system is armed according to the schedule. 

This should absolutely be an option for the customer.

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4 m ago

@davey_d SS should absolutely have the OPTION to set the system to automatically disarm during home mode. The homeowner/human is making a conscious effort and a direct action to set the alarm this way. It should be their preference.  Customers should drive innovation and features. Example- someone in the family gets up at 6 AM to get ready for school/ work, or to take a pet out but forgets to turn off the alarm and opens a door setting it off and scaring others sleeping.  The alarm could be set to automatically disarm at a time your family decides no one is likely to be up - say 5:30.    Ultimately, it should be up to the owner to make a personal choice at what time the alarm auto disarms.  Give the customer the option but leave it up to them as to what’s right for their situation.  I like many others on this thread have had this feature with other systems and it was very helpful and appreciated.   

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@Ballgame​ completely agree. I'm shocked they don't have this! Major bummer. 

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4 m ago

I have used two other services in the past and each of them offered an automatic arm / disarm feature for the alarm system. 

This system offers a suggestion feature to turn on or off. But it would be great if you could set it up automatically. 

Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled Automated Arm / Disarm Feature Idea

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2 m ago

Ring actually already offers this feature and when I moved homes and went with SimpliSafe I was surprised that it did not have it. It is a valuable feature because I know the general times my family is awake and asleep. So, when I had Ring my system would automatically arm at the time I knew everyone would be home and settling into bed, which was around 10pm. Then it would automatically disarm when I knew my wife and I would be awake in the morning around 6am.

Many people don’t use their security systems because you have to think about arming and disarming the system. This feature makes it easy to use. 

It’s not a feature you use when your away from the home. It’s a feature you use to make sure arming and disarming are easy while you’re home. I can’t tell you how many times we have accidentally set the alarm off when letting the dogs out in the morning because we forgot to disarm the system. It’s irritating and frustrating to have to scramble to find your phone or run to the other side of the house to use the keypad. Schedules make it easy. 

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2 m ago

One more thing - sometimes our family doesn’t always have the same schedule, but it’s much easier to have to think about manually arming and disarming when there an exception than it is to have to remember to always do it manually and not set the alarm off when letting the dogs out in the morning 😆

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2 m ago

I've been asking for years for SS to give the option to set automatic timed alarms on/off for late night forgetfulness.

When coming in from work late at night and forget to arm

When kids come home and forget to arm

Set the system to auto arm at midnight....

Still no ability to do so.

Instead a "reminder" on the app to "set a time to remind yourself"

I could have done that timer myself 5 ways on my iphone...

Come on Simply I love you, been w/ you since the beginning but this needs to get done...

Craig

Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled Automatic timed setting to arm system

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@thecraiggleason​ love -“Come on SS love you… This needs to get done”.   Please listen to your customers and innovate and improve your products. Thank you.