Continuing the discussion from Device types: how can a device alert/alarm/notify of critical problems?:
That is an interesting thought, Paul!
My initial feeling is that nearly all events are at the same high-priority level in the Home Automation use case. A motion detector or button that activates a light, or a presence sensor that opens a lock … both need to have sub-second response time in order to maintain an acceptable live-user experience.
But that leaves me thinking: What could be “lower priority events”? I think most (?) scheduled events are lower priority that live actuated events; IMHO. If I have my lights to turn on at Sunset, if they turn on 10 seconds or even a few minutes after Sunset it doesn’t really matter.
Another scheduled event example might be the timeout on a motion detector … There are SmartApps which shut off a light or close a garage door, etc., a certain number of seconds or minutes after motion activity ceases. I think these have a few seconds of tolerance, but not minutes.
…CP / Terry.