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Sunday, March 21st, 2021 11:06 PM

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Apple CarPlay Integration

I had a thought while trying to go to sleep last night. It would be great to have CarPlay enabled in the iOS app. With more and more auto manufacturers integrating CarPlay into their vehicles, it would be a quality of life improvement for many. It would make pulling up in the driveway, opening the garage door, and disarming SimpliSafe a breeze. Additionally, it would also make arming my system, as I pull away from the house, more convenient. Yea, I have a key fob for these purposes, but my Honda utilizes keyless entry/starting, so once keys go into my pocket, it would be nice to not have to pull out either the fob or unlock my phone to arm/disarm the system.

It wouldn't need all the bells and whistles for account and device management, just the ability to arm and disarm, and possibly send push notifications.

Mark

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3 years ago

SS is not eager to integrate with other companies, because it creates the potential for a hole in secuirty.  Worse, if the other company makes a change, it can disable part of SS, forcing them to change or discontinue the function..

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Not trying to be contentious, but this would be totally under SimpliSafe's control. CarPlay apps are just companion apps of an iOS app, just like the existing Apple Watch app, coded by SimpliSafe themselves (or whoever codes their apps). All changes would be completely under SimpliSafe's control.

They would just have to want to do it, and we all know how that goes...

Mark

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534 Messages

3 years ago

Hi @LazyBrewer,

Thanks for the suggestion as well as the explanation. We have forwarded your ideas to our dev team to consider.

SimpliSafe Social Team
SimpliSafe Home Security

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2 years ago

I agree. I was just thinking this myself today! Would be nice to be able to open the app on my screen in the car. Again, I understand security risks and if they have concerns then by all means they should avoid it, but I do hope they entertain it. I mean, it is on Amazon Echo so you can Ask Alexa to do some things, albeit, limited.  

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2 years ago

My thoughts exactly. So much fumbling. If Apple Carplay allowed for Simplisafe to function while enabled, I’d be able to hit “Home/Away” (depending on if people are still inside) when i drive off and “Off” as i’m pulling up. This really needs to be addressed and taken to the IOS development team. And as far as security is concerned…I’m able to utilize my Simplisafe through my apple watch already (incredibly similar functionality and interface). Plus, i’m not really sure what possible security concerns would arise from making the application accessible through Carplay that don’t already exists. Maybe Simplisafe can start the process with Apple to get it done, but it definitely can and should get done..

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@Robby_B​ thanks for the reply.  I mean of course I’d never want them to do anything to Jeopardize security but what is the difference if it’s on my iPhone and mirroring through CarPlay??  I can tell Alexa to run my alarm on. Alexa is an external system.  So i don’t get that.  

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2 years ago

I came across this post trying to make the recommendation that SimpliSafe develop a CarPlay compatible app.  This is an excellent idea that would add useful functionality to arming/disarming the system.  Camera viewing and account modifications would not need to be made through the carplay interface.

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1 year ago

SimpliSafe, please PLEASE add CarPlay/smart home integration. You’re getting more expensive all the time, please at least let us get some relatively basic functionality. Just about every other security system has these capabilities. 

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10 months ago

Okay, SimpliSafe, you've been ignoring customer requests that the app be Apple Carplay compatible for three years.  It's not rocket science.  And it's likely to encourage arming the system, much better than staring at a phone while driving.

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@ECNess​ Indeed.

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8 months ago

I started this thread almost 3 years ago. Sad to see that it has not received any attention from the development team. It has had 381 views, so it seems there is some interest.

C'mon SimpliSafe...

Mark

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8 months ago

And in the last couple years, almost every auto manufacturer now includes CarPlay on their vehicles. SimpliSafe, it's time to move on this.

Mark

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They claim third party integration is a security issue. Let those of us who want it use it, please! Put an “it’s not our fault if someone steals your phone and disarms your house” clause or something in the T&Cs. If I could afford to get a new system, I would.

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8 months ago

If it's a third party integration issue, having the app on both my phone and my watch must be super frightening to Simplisafe...

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Exactly. Whatever “risks” they’re saying are possible…already exist!

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@lazybrewer​ does yours work on your watch without having the app open on your phone?  Mine sits on "refresh" until I open the app and then it suddenly connects.  It's the most useless thing ever

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8 months ago

It’s especially maddening that SimpliSafe hasn’t given the courtesy of a response to its customers for the past three years. 

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@ECNess​ This request was submitted to our devs for their consideration, but at this time we do not have an update from them. If/when this request is brought into development, we will let everyone know in this thread. 

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Maybe I’m being more than a little cantankerous about this but having SimpliSafe available through CarPlay seems like a no brainer. Does the development team get to choose their own priorities?  Never got to do that in my career. 

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I’m a developer. I work on adding front-end features all the time. Hire me on and I’ll work solely on this project. Now there are no excuses for another 3 years. 2 month maximum end-to-end completion time.

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4 months ago

I have a motion sensor in my garage, which is also my shop so the security is necessary. While I drive, everything is on carplay (well, everything except simplisafe) and my phone is in the glove box. I end up having to fumble for my phone or play with my watch while driving to avoid the alarm going off as I pull in. With carplay integration, I could easily disarm the system before I get home and set the alarm off. This is more than a convenience, it's a safety issue. It's 2024 now, get on this!

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