[DEPRECATED] Blink Camera Device Handler with Motion Sensor, Live Video Streaming, Integration with SmartThings/SHM, Temperature, Signals and Push Notifications

Some some pictures from the Blink booth at CES this year someone got for me. I wonder how loud, or the pitch, of that siren is?


That’s because the values are hardcoded into the CoRE app

[ name: “setVideoLength”,display: “Set video length”, parameters: [“Seconds:number[1…10]”], description: “Set video length to {0}s”, ],

They will need to be updated (1 to 120) tagging @ady624

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I think back then 10 was the max? :wink:


Is this something that I can change now until it is changed in CoRE?

I am so ruling over the Siren and the Keypad! Did your friend get the ETA for those items?
Does the contact sensor imply that they may integrate with some Alarm company?

@RBoy. Do you know anything about this? PM me please if you can.

I also have a flyer that shows the monthly charges for their own alarm system called Seecurity. If I remember right, it started at $9.99/month but I’m not sure if that was dependent upon the number of devices.

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@RBoy Thanks for you superb integration with these units. I just got mine in yesterday, set them up and installed all your components. Have them arming and disarming VIA SHM on Presence from our mobile phones and its working perfectly.

Thanks again!

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Okay, so I guess I"m just not following how things should be setup. Comparing your photos in the first post with mine and reading your trouble shooting hits… Should the camera/device be set to “System Active” and the “Motion Detection” set to off (no green running man) when we don’t want the cameras to detect motion and or send us notifications (for example, while we are home but just want to have a look in on a room or outside)? For when we are not home or at night, should I then setup a routine in ST to turn the motion detection on (green running man)?

How does the Armed/Disarmed setting in the Blink App affect the above? If I’m going to use ST to control the cameras, what should I have the Blink App set to?

In the next version we will be renaming system active to system armed which will match the Blink app. Regarding how the system works, sync module vs camera arming and how to get motion detection please see the first post. It explains how the setup works. The Blink app and ST app are in sync and changes are replicatedboth ways.

Thanks. If that is true, than forget ST Scout Alarm integration. I will pay Blink for their monitoring and Alarm if they call Police and Fire department, As all of us know. ST + Scout just doesn’t work yet. The only thing that the photo is missing is a Smoke/CO detector. But I will wait for that.

###Blink Camera Manager - Version 5.8.0

  • Updated to work with the new Blink servers
  • All communication with the Blink servers is now secure

###Blink Device Handler - Version 5.4.0

  • Updated the user interface match the native Blink app

Will this change any of CoRE pistons or Blink ST App configuration?

In other words, if I use the Bmink cameras heavily for various home automations, will updating mess up anything?

And we update the DTH then the app, right?

No change to existing configuration, nothing required to do after updating the code, it’ll take care of the migration internally. Just copy, paste, save and publish the code.

@Turb02 yes both need to be updated, DTH first and then app

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This is an interesting development. I’m not convinced depending on a proprietary communication protocol is a good long term strategy, however. On the other hand such an ecosystem gives Blink more control over quality and robustness. The latter is lacking when most home automation companies apply open standards today (in my opinion).

In the end, Blink is a great value and it just works. Most buyers won’t care how they do it.

Blink flyer from CES


About a day on with this issue, still no IDE Live Logging. ST support just sent me an email saying that it looks like my live logging is working again, but not sure how they made that determination as I still see nothing, and the problem persists. I just sent them back a screen image showing the lack of anything on the live logging screen.

Just to be clear on this end, by “Live Logging” I presume you mean just clicking the “live logging” link at the top level of the IDE UI and from there I should just see some sort of log from whatever I’m doing (in this case trying to finish installation of the smartapp by logging in to Blink) ? And not, for example, events such as are found at My Locations > List SmartApps > (Choose a Smart App ie Blink Camera Manager) > List Events > All

Appreciate your patience as I’m new to this arena.

Another possible cause of my problem (can’t login/OAuth not recognized/something-like-that) just occurred to me. I had already found and signed up for the IDE before I heard about RBoys. Your instructions say that when I create the login for the IDE that I should be sure to opt-in for the developer account. While I’m no stranger to coding, I had no intention to pound code for this system, so depending on how it was phrased, I might easily have said “no” to this.

Looking through the IDE now, I see no way to alter that. Another thing perhaps to take up with ST support, or … ?

I’m sure this will be great if I can ever get it to work, but the potential sources for error and the weak and slow feedback loop is a little discouraging for now. Thanks in advance for insights.

For now I’m trying again with your updated device handler and smartapp on the off chance that somehow that makes things work (I will follow up here if/when I get things working).

Just drop a note to ST support to enable the developer account for you.

Sorry for so many messages here; but it’s working for me now!
Unfortunately I don’t have a clear idea of what happened. I installed the most recent device handler and smartapp, but was (very) surprised to find when I went to install the updated device handler that the one I originally installed didn’t show up — only showed a couple of older device handlers I had obtained elsewhere (and installed a couple of weeks ago). I am truly 100% certain that I installed the blink camera device handler exactly as instructed — paste in code, create, publish (for me).
Might smartthings support have deleted it in their attempt to help me?!? I’m baffled, and a little alarmed that it disappeared.

But I’ve got cameras now through the ST UI, and look forward to programming and working with these.

Still puzzled that live logging never worked, still never shows anything. I guess that if everything is working fine on the surface now that I won’t poke the calm waters of the lake, less long tentacles reach out and grab me!

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