I’m new to the community, but I have been using SmartThings at home for about a year now. This post is about a project I am trying to do for my offices and it is a little more complicated project than I have approached at home.
Here’s what we are trying to do:
Put a button in each of the offices (11) that, when pressed, will make a light and sound turn on for a few seconds in all 11 offices.
I recognize that this isn’t what SmartThings was designed to do, but I feel like it is possible with a few work arounds (and far cheaper than the $30,000 we were quoted to do this with another solution)
In my head it should work something like this:
- Each location will have it’s own ST Hub, and ST account
- a connected button is put in each location - when pressed an email is sent to a specific email address (or something is posted to an RSS feed, or put in a google spreadsheet, etc) using IFTTT if necessary
- All ST accounts (all locations) look for that same “trigger” - so, there would be multiple IFTTT accounts, monitoring an email account
- When the “Trigger” is detected, all ST hubs would flash the strobe light and turn on the sound for ~15 seconds.
Here are my questions:
- Does this make any sense at all? Do you think it’s possible?
- What would you suggest I use as a “trigger” that any ST hub could initiate with a button press, that also could be used as an input to initiate an action? I am thinking some IFTTT and gmail type trigger.
- I’m wondering, can you wire a device to powered by a MIMOLite? I have a small 5V strobe light (it’s cheap), that I am thinking I can wire to the MIMOLite as an output, and also wire a momentary press button (like a garage door button) to a MIMOLite input.
Does anyone have any ideas that might make this easier? I have thought about the FortrezZ strobe/siren as an option, but we really want to be able to use a programmable speaker (we don’t want the noise to be an alarm noise…), so I’ve found a 5V programmable speaker that I was thinking that I’d also wire into the MIMOlite. I know that arduino might be an option, but I don’t have any experience with it, and I think that may be biting off more than I can chew.