My new home owners insurance wants proof of central monitoring. I have zwave smoke detectors and door/window contacts. I dont have or want a traditional alarm panel (yes I’ve procured, installed and programmed my own DSC before…it sucked in lotsa ways). So I’ve been looking for a UL-certified central monitoring station that will support smartthings reporting of burglary and fire triggers.
I found a st app that integrates w alarm.com but its abandoned and requires a panel. I also found the scout system which does integrate with ST. I signed up for the rediculous monthly price of $20, but they wont monitor my smoke detectors and their certificate reflects it, and only says burglary (I submitted it and the HO Ins nazis called me out bc it was missing fire monitoring). Finally I looked into the IP protocols that alarm panels use to report to central stations (SIA and DC-09) but they’re all proprietary. I did find the SIA-HD source but it looked painful to port to groovy. I looked at buying an IP transmitter and just triggering a relay to emulate a panel but none are “dumb” enough for that.
I think I finally found my solution with American Digital Monitoring. They are UL listed, support email triggers (1 each for burglary and fire) and are $6/mo. The only bad thing is they charge $20 for the certificate which I need for the HO Ins discount. So I’m looking for tips on how I program ST to send an email upon a sustsined smoke or contact-opened-while-armed event. There needs to be some delay to give the opportunity to clear it. I’m assuming I’d use web/core, but wanted to see if anyone has novel ideas. The email doesn’t need to say anything specific and as I said there’s a unique one for fire and burglary.