Hey all - Like so many of you, I’ve been having issues with SmartThings and detecting presence using iPhones. I have had issues with both false positives and false negatives and when I tried to switch to tags, well, those were worse.
On the other hand, I’ve had great success using IFTTT to detect my presence and turn off the Hues when I leave, change the thermostat, make sure the doors are locked etc. Well this is all fine and dandy but the problem is that I need to control for the presence or absence of both me and my guy. I ran across @tslagle13’s fantastic Hello, Home Phrase Director app the other day and it can run certain hello, home phrases depending on house occupancy (i.e. presence/absence of several people/phones/tags), but it still relies on SmartThings crappy presence detecting. So, for the time being, I’m using Simulated Presence Sensors – Not exactly the ‘automated’ solution I was looking for.
So - I had an idea – Since IFTTT can’t control SmartThings’ presence devices, but can control the state of virtual switches, what if I just set a couple of virtual switches to indicate the presence of me and my guy and then tweak the Hello, Home Phrase Director to establish occupancy based on switch status instead of presence sensors?
Has anybody tried this already before I mess with it? My Smartthings/Groovy coding isn’t exactly phenomenal .