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Scout Alarm Systems Adds an IFTTT Channel

In Home Automation, Home Security by Jody2 Comments

For those of you that don’t know, IFTTT is a web service that lets you integrate all sorts of things like phones and home automation devices with each other.  In essence, it lets you automate things based on triggers.

For example:

I use it to automatically send an email to my wife when I leave work.  And, I get a notification at 7:00 PM every day to tell (about the time that I start thinking about my clothes for the next day) me what the weather will be like the next day.  So, hopefully, you’re sold on the usefulness.

Here are the triggers for the new Scout IFTTT channel (things that you can start actions based on) that you can use to create recipes:

  • Mode armed/disarmed
  • Alarm triggered/dismissed
  • Door panel opened/closed (Scout offers RFID door panels to access your home/the system)
  • Access sensor opened/closed
  • Motion detected

Here are the actions (things you can do after a trigger) that you can have based on a trigger:

  •  Arm or disarm a mode
  • Disarm all modes
  • Turn on or off the siren
  • Make the hub chirp

If you’re having a hard time coming up with ideas of things that you would do with IFTTT, here are a few ideas.

  • Automatically arm your alarm when you leave your house
  • Automatically disarm your Scout when you connect to your home’s WiFi
  • Disarm Scout’s motion sensors when your Roomba vacuum cleaner makes its daily sweep of the house
  • Send you a notification when your kids open the door after getting off of the bus
  • Chirp the alarm when your favorite team scores a goal
  • Turn the lights on when you open the front door of your house
  • Arm your alarm with your Android wearable

Hopefully, you get the idea.

I think this really elevates the value of Scout’s alarm system.  Now, they’re on par with SmartThings, Wink, and WeMo that also offer IFTTT channels and are making 3rd party integrations with their system MUCH easier.  If you want to read more about Scout’s features, you can use our home security system comparison tool to quickly see the cost and features.  Or, you can jump straight over to our home security system reviews page where we’ve highlighted other useful reviews of the Scout security system.

Comments

  1. Can we get some info on outside camera security for rural property. Such as fake cameras vs real, and how the red light lets thieves know your camera is on, so they destroy it! What to do to secure your property?

    1. Sure, there are a couple of resources that you could use for that. First, you could head over to the camera comparison page and use the filters there to look for just outdoor cameras. If you’re worried about vandalism, then you may want to consider a dome camera which protects the camera itself with a plastic dome and can protect against rocks, etc. Also, having cameras that record to a cloud server guarantees that you’ll have pictures of the vandal, even if they manage to damage your camera.

      As for securing your property, a lot of the tips in our DIY security tips article will still apply to a rural property. The tough part to plan for, is that you will have to delay the criminals for a much longer time to allow law enforcement time to arrive on scene if you aren’t home. That generally means an alarm system and a really good safe.

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