Help: Disable alarm when pick up keys


#1

So I have a pretty random question. I am a volunteer firefighter, so in the middle of the night when my alarm is set on ‘armed (stay)’ I might get a fire call and have to run off. At 3AM, I’m not always conscious enough to turn off the alarm before I run out the door (which also takes time), leaving a very upset wife when I come back.

I need a way to have the alarm system turn off when I get a fire call.

Notes:
I always have to grab a specific set of keys for the firehouse
I have an iphone
Fire calls come in with a pager or an alert on my phone

Possible solutions I’ve come up with:
-Put a door sensor on my keyring, and the other part on the wall (but this would have to be perfectly aligned every time
-Some sort of app on my phone so when the fire call application notifies me, it would automatically turn off alarm system (love this idea, just don’t know what could do it)
-Button by keychain to turn off alarm (would have to remember to hit it)
-Remove this door from alarm system (seems like a bad idea)

So I need help. Any solutions I’m missing? Any idea how to do any of the solutions in a decent and reliable way?

Thanks in advance everyone!


(Mark) #2

Maybe get a small box, put your firehouse keys in it and a multisensor on the lid. The multisensor can detect when the lid opens.

When you open the lid, disarm alarm.


(Bob Kerr) #3

-Put a door sensor on my keyring, and the other part on the wall (but this would have to be perfectly aligned every time

Why not put the keys in a box with a contact sensor on it…

-Some sort of app on my phone so when the fire call application notifies me, it would automatically turn off alarm system (love this idea, just don’t know what could do it)

Buy an Android phone and use Tasker.

-Button by keychain to turn off alarm (would have to remember to hit it)

Get an Iris Iris keyfob

-Remove this door from alarm system (seems like a bad idea)

Put an Iris Keypad near the exit.


(Mavrrick) #4

What kind of alarm are you talking about. Smart Home Monitor in smarthings, The ADT Security Panel, a seperate security alarm?


#5

Smart Home Monitor in smartthings. Sorry, should have been clearer. I just need to change the monitor to disarmed, or run a routine


(www.rboyapps.com - Make your home your butler!) #6

@marktheknife provided a great solution if you’re okay with creating a box for your keys (a simple door/window sensor or a Monoprice mailbox style sensor would work great and they’re cheap too).

If your keys are in the garage or an isolated room, you can create a simple rule or routine that will run and disarm SHM is it detects motion from that sensor between a specific time (eg between 11pm and 6am). But it has to hinge on the fact that it’s not a room you normally go to between those times. It works like a charm with little retrofitting and effort if the sensor is isolated from normal use during the desired time. If you’re using a routine you can set it to run when “things start happening” and select that one motion sensor


#7

Thanks everyone. Sounds like my best bet is to just build a small box with sensors. I appreciate everyone’s thoughts!