Roomba Triggering SmartThings Motion Sensor

We have a Roomba that runs daily. And every day it triggers motion on our SmartThings SmartSense Motion Sensor (and sets off the alarm if armed). I wouldn’t think it would tigger motion since it’s kind of like a pet moving around the floor.

Any suggestions on how to prevent this? Is there another motion sensor that works better for this?

You could set your smart home monitor to change to armed stay mode every day when your roomba is scheduled to be active.

Or there are a few z-wave motion sensors that have adjustable sensitivity.

I have a few by ecolink that are pretty good, they don’t really go off when any of my pets move around.

Positioning your motion sensors so they’re not really aimed at something very low to the floor can help too.


Did you find a way to solve this issue?

Did you try any of the things I suggested?

I tried the first option - I created a virtual switch that turns on when the Roomba is scheduled to run. The automations that use the button sensors checks that first and, when on, doesn’t trigger (every 5 min). It works like a charm, but only if the time stays the same, so I’m looking for a universal solution.

The main thing I’ve come up with is to get a multipurpose sensor and put it on the Roomba. I’d still use the virtual switch, but would be looking for either vibration or rotation to keep the virtual switch “on”. So far, I can see the 3 Axis rotation of my key MP sensor, but can’t do any automations with it, any suggestions?

I think I’ll go ahead and get another MP sensor just to try the vibration route, but am still looking for other solutions. I could attach a door closer sensor to the Roomba as well, but don’t trust it to be reliable enough in docking in the same place and not getting knocked off…