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Tue, Jan 30, 2018 4:47 AM

Home Automation Integration

I have seen multiple requests for integration with Alexa, Homekit, or even Google.  While I see some very apparent issues with integration with a voice assistant like this, I see less of an issue with integration with home automation controllers that could take advantage of motion sensors or even augment the sensors of the alarm system with home automation sensors that may already be in place.

Can integration with devices like Vera or Samsung Smart things be placed on the roadmap?  Other providers like Vivint already have this in place.  Think about turning off the HVAC system if there was a fire alarm?  Using motion sensors from a device like an EcoBee to trigger an alarm with the security system when set to away?  Setting the HVAC to occupied when turning the alarm off, and turning on a small subset of lights in a home?  The possibilities are endless.

I don't expect SS to control these devices but more provide integration with automation controllers.

Is there a reason this would not be on the product development path?

5 y ago

I agree.  I really like the idea of the SS system serving as a trigger for other devices in my home.  Basically, as an alternative for GeoFencing on my phone, it'd be nice to have the alarm being turned to off to being a trigger that turns on entryway lights and kicks up my HVAC to an occupied status.  Just as well, having it be turned to away mode turning off any unneeded lights and putting the HVAC into away.  As well, having all lights turn on when an alarm is triggered could also be useful.  On top of the overall system status being triggers, enabling raw feedback from the sensors to outside systems would have a lot of use.  I'm sure there are many other useful things, but enabling these one-way triggers could be very useful to automation users!

Captain

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5 y ago

IoT with the SS3 is great, but it has to be 1. secure 2. easy and 3. Optional.

Also, why reinvent the wheel?  Echo, Assistant, HomeKit, SmartThings are all options but the sauce that can tie them all together is IFTTT. Encourage SS to start small and concentrate on Echo integration, having the largest availability in the market.  IFTTT comes right along with it.

Okay, now its the Apple Fan club to chime in.  :-)