I have quite a vast existing home automation system which currently uses the DSC IT-100 to talk to my alarm control panel. Using the integration with my Home Automation system (Homeseer) I can control the panel remotely, Arm/Disarm and get status of all the doors and windows, as well as receive alert and perform other actions based on an intrusion.
I’d also like to know if there are any plans to support the DSC Alarm system integration modules. DSC alarms are extremely common as they were and have been used by companies like ADT for several years, and many houseshave DSC systems including window contacts, smoke alarms, sirens and door contacts already installed. Many current Home Automation systems such as Homeseer, Mi Casa Verde and others have modules built to support DSC alarm integration using one of two modules they provide.
DSC has two modules:
the IT-100-serial (http://www.dsc.com/index.php?n=products&o=view&id=22)
and IT-120-Ethernet(http://www.dsc.com/index.php?n=products&o=view&id=23) that support system integration with the DSC panel and can be used to Arm and disarm the alarm as well as provide feedback on whether zones are open or closed and send messages on intrusion.
The advantage of all of this for me - Is I already have sensors in every door and window to tell when they are open or closed as well as glass break detectors. Using this system I essentially “self-monitor” I get SMS/twitter/email alerts if there is an intrusion and I use other sensors (RFID) to monitor proximity to Arm/Disarm the alarm.
I’d really love to see support for at least the IT-120 so that those of us who have existing DSC alarm systems could use them with SmartThings.