A good 2 years after I started using this platform (and loving every minute of it) I’ve thought of one thing that is missing…
I mean, the way the system works to locate a person is perfect for individual homes at ground level… but, what if you live in a flat, way up high in a building?
You don’t really arrive home until you get to the altitude of your flat…
So some sort of 3D location is missing!
How could we do it?
ST or alternative presence fob may be the only way right now. ST needs to add altitude to its mobile presence sensors and convert the location circle into a globe
One problem I’ve seen with the smartpresence devices is, apart from battery life, that it gets detected from a good 100 meters in diagonal from the flat to the garage entry!
Combine the two. Mobile is present and fob is present?
I read something about Google’s onhub router, ifttt and ST… if only google sold the device in Europe!
There are some implementations around here with dd-wrt where your wifi router acts as the presence sensor. Search…
Not sure but this may help…
We’ve released another iOS app called
BeaconThings! This app allows you to easily integrate iBeacons into your SmartThings smart home. Here’s how it works:
You place iBeacons throughout your home/office/wherever (we like these beacons from Radius Networks)
Use BeaconThings to register these beacons with SmartThings. They work just like presence sensors.
The app sends updates to SmartThings when it enters/leaves the range of those beacons. Everything happens in the background. Once the beacons are registered, you never open BeaconThings again!
Create SmartApps or SmartRules to make your home take actions based on these beacons.
The first version of the app is available now on the App Store. This version searches for beacons with a pre-defined UUID. After discussions with early users, we …
I would agree that Ibeacons are likely the most practical way to implement this at the present time. It’s still a 360° signal, but with the more expensive beacons you can vary the transmission strength to reduce the range significantly. I have mine set up so that I’m not detected as “home” until I reach the wheelchair ramp at my front door. The whole detection area is only about 3 m.
Continuing the discussion from
Smart Presence Sensor randomly "leaving" and "returning":
Battery life is fine on my presence fob, but I still get random drop-offs with both the fob and the phone presence.
Using an idea from @DigitalM0nkey , I am changing over the way I use presence sensing for all activities. I’m now using dual devices at the geo-fence barrier, as well as a virtual presence sensor for better continuous occupancy indication.
Basically I’m trying both reduce the range and improve reliability by using two devices that will be recognized in sequence rather than both at the same time.
So this is how it will work at my house now:
Smartthings recognizes that my phone or the fob, mainly the fob , has entered the Geo fenced area. but nothing else happens yet. I do not tri…