The more that I have been attempting to create rules and actions, I’m constantly running into an issue trying to use “modes”.
The key issue is that currently “modes” are really “states” and it appears that only one can be active at a time. This is a huge limitation in the design of a system where there is a family involved. This design pattern causes limitations in how effective decision trees can be made.
Here is an example: I want to have variables - or tags - that can be referenced for many different conditions. I want to know if I am home, OR my son is home. This would allow me to have rules for when neither of us are home, or when one or the other of us are home, or when both of us are home.
Currently, I’m unable to find ways to create rules that will handle this type of intersection of states … or having multiple states active.
I spent a little time looking through the “SmartApps” that I have been using, and do not see anywhere that “Presence” can be utilized or accessed?
For example, I want certain notifications to occur - sent to me - when no one is home, or when my son is home, but not when I am home. Right now, the Smart App that I found will only allow me to filter on Modes … not Presence?
Does this mean that the SmartThings system is really only easily customized through code development? Or where are the apps that leverage the Presence variables?