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Arm/Disarm Alarm

Posted: 13 Feb 2020, 16:21
by leocat123
Hi all,

I'm considering to buy the Netatmo Welcome Camera plus Siren and Netatmo Tags but I have some questions:

1) How does Welcome Camera decide to arm or Disarm the Alarm?
For example: I have positioned the camera in front of the entrance door, and when I arrive at home the camera knows my face and disarm the alarm. But when I leave home how does the camera arm the alarm if it cannot see my face?

2) Is it possible to arm/disarm the alarm manually from the app?

Thanks a lot,

Leonardo

Re: Arm/Disarm Alarm

Posted: 14 Feb 2020, 09:43
by NathObeaN
Hi Leonardo,

1 - The welcome camera will be "armed" when it considers you "home". This is determined by a successful facial recognition of an authorised person. The point at which someone is no longer considered "home" but "away" can be configured in one of two ways: a) countdown timer (configurable between 0 and 12 hours) or b) geo-location based on your phone.

Note, that as I have discovered recently, geo-location has a major flaw - if you go to sleep, the system remains disarmed which allows someone to break in during the night.. To get around this, you can either stick to using the countdown timer or combine geo-location with a manual arming before you sleep. I have requested a feature request via Netatmo support to combine geo-location with a countdown timer so that after a specified hour, geo-location stops and the countdown timer kicks in. No response so far unfortunately.

2 - As above, yes. You simply use an option called "Tell the Indoor Camera everybody has left the house".

Re: Arm/Disarm Alarm

Posted: 18 Feb 2020, 22:49
by NathObeaN
Just as an update to those not satisfied with the current home/away implementation provided by Netatmo as per my above explanation. I have found a good workaround (if you have iOS).

1. Enable geo-location in the Security app via the ‘this is me’ function, this will ensure your security is ‘armed’ as soon as you leave home, automatically.
2. Create a Siri shortcut on your iOS device that functions as follows: do not disturb > Security app > empty home.
3. Configure a scheduled do not disturb on your iOS device to turn on for your desired time, I.e midnight.

The above results in the security system being armed every time you leave the home but even if you stay home, it will arm whenever do not disturb is triggered (while you sleep).

Note, don’t bother using the other Siri Shortcuts such as ‘time occurs’ because despite being called ‘automations’ they currently require the user to confirm the action, making it useless if you nod off to sleep while forgetting to manually arm the security system. Source: https://support.apple.com/en-gb/guide/s ... 971e63/ios

Note, the following limitations:

1. This is achieved via Siri shortcut API. This could break with future updates, make sure you verify functionality after updates (both for the app and iOS).
2. This automation will kick in the same time regardless of weekday or weekend (if your sleep patterns change). Fingers crossed, this will be remedied if Apple allow other automations such as ‘time occurs’ to... well... actually be automated!

Hope this helps.