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Tuesday, July 14th, 2020 8:31 PM

Capability to Monitor Set of "Dry" Electrical Contacts

Some mechanical systems (e.g. boilers, swimming pool pumps) have a set of 'dry' contacts which close (or open) when a problem situation occurs (e.g. a boiler is supposed to start to provide heat, but doesn't start). SimpliSafe should develop a new 'sensor' that would detect the closure (or opening) of a set of contacts and, if that occurs, trigger an alarm within the SimpliSafe system. This would be a nice addition to SimpliSafe's existing list of sensors.

244 Messages

4 years ago

Never going to happen because they are making tons of money already, there is large liability risk in providing that kind of sensor, and Simplisafe doesn't take risks when it comes to new products.

If you are at-all handy, a door/window sensor can easily be re-purposed as a dry contact sensor.  it doesn't even require permanently modifying the sensor if you don't want to.

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4 years ago

Using an entry sensor will get you an intrusion alarm which would not be appropriate for a boiler/pump problem.  You could also use a water sensor, which gets an "environmental"  alarm.

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2 years ago

I would like to have a set of normally open contacts that could close when an alarm condition exists on my SimpliSafe system.   

I have an old left over old alarm system that powers several 12 volt xenon strobe lights inside my house and the one on the weather vane on the roof.  They all work well and there is a panic button still operating. The roof strobe looks like lightning and it's impossible to miss.

Does anybody have some idea of what SimpliSafe device I could modify to give me some alarm contacts to operate the relay? I was thinking of delving into the SimpliSafe external loud siren and possibly use the speaker output to energize a relay.

The time when there was an attempted break in back in 2013 at the back side of my house triggered the strobes and the intruders left immediately. Just prying the window up in its channel tripped the alarm. These guys doing the break ins in were posing as gardeners complete with a backpack leaf blower to disguise their noise. Other neighbors were hit but the silent strobed got them away from my home quickly.  Thanks!.....

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1 year ago

You can wire a dry contact across the magnetic reed switch in the old sensors.  The new one, not so much. It uses a hall effect sensor to detect the magnetic field. 

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