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Suggestion - Add a Night mode and allow for instant trigger to be set individually for each mode.

I'm currently testing Simplisafe side-by-side with the Cove security system. I have equivalent sensors in identical locations and I'm getting a sense of each system's features and reliability, and will ultimately make a decision as to which one to return at the end of the 60-day period. I realize what I describe here may have been mentioned in previous posts, but my hope is to revitalize conversation and hopefully capture the attention of SS.

The basic idea of the functionality I'm suggesting here is the following. I have 3 doors armed, several windows, several glass breaks, and importantly 3 motion sensors. I'll focus on the motion sensors as they're the ones I'm having trouble setting up with the current options. All my motion sensors are in the main level.

If the functionality existed I would set the motion sensors up as follows.

HOME DAY MODE:
- Disabled
- Instant trigger: N/A
HOME NIGHT MODE:
- Alarm
- Instant trigger: OFF
AWAY MODE:
- Alarm
- Instant trigger: ON

Basically, if we're home during the day and want to have the alarm on, the motion sensors should be off. During the night, I want the motion sensors to be on, but not trigger immediately so that we can shut the alarm off when we come downstairs in the morning. When we're away, I'd like the motion sensors to trigger an alarm immediately as we don't have pets so there should be no movement in our home if we're not there. If I had to choose one function to start with I would start with the addition of a "Night" mode, even if instant trigger remains the same.

Some might think implementing a third mode is basically a non-starter given that the keypad already has physical buttons for "Home" and "Away", but you could certainly implement the functionality I'm suggesting in software by using the screen L and R buttons to have the user select "Day" vs "Night" after they press the "Home" button.

This conversation has been merged. Please refer the main conversation:

Night Mode: Different alarm and volume settings during sleeping hours

Community Admin

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5.6K Messages

3 years ago

Hi nprez83,

Thanks for the feedback. We did settle on our three modes - Away, Home, and Off, to keep the system as simple as possible. But having a fourth mode, or maybe modes that change behavior based on the time of day, makes a lot of sense. We'll forward your suggestion to our dev team.

- Johnny M.
SimpliSafe Home Security

2 Messages

3 years ago

This is a feature I miss from normal alarm systems. I would love to see a night mode.

Captain

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5.9K Messages

3 years ago

@Johnny M and since we are on the topic of features, requesting again the small, easy to implement ability to have a sensor armed in off mode.  Having separate zones is complicated, but adding an armed mode for an individual sensor is the same way to accomplish that, in effect.

Why you may ask? I have 3 basement windows with entry sensors that have not been opened in 30 years. Would be nice to have them sound an alarm even in off mode.

Community Admin

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5.6K Messages

3 years ago

Hi Captain11,

Yepyep, we've still got that particular feature request on the record for you!

- Johnny M.
SimpliSafe Home Security

4 Messages

2 years ago

Instant  trigger is an excellent and required feature.  However, it should be adjustable by Alarm Mode.  Consider home with front door and back door and other contacts.  When in Away mode, all sensors should be on instant trigger except front door so you can enter and disarm.  No problem.

But when in home mode, to be fully protected, I want the alarm to go off if any sensor, including the front door, is opened.  If I am home at night sleeping, why would I want to give the "burglar" breaking in 30 seconds to come and find me or whatever?  Furthermore, I may in fact want to have certain motion sensors on during Home mode and others off.  Again, I want the basement to be armed but not the main floor where I may be walking around at night.  A good alarm system permits you to set instant trigger in that fashion.   On any DSC systems (that the majority of NA security companies use) there is a feature called Night/Sleep Mode.  It is a small variation on Simplisafe Home mode that permits you to set the equivalent of instant trigger on any device by mode.   Clearly only a software issue that you should be able to implement to make the system far better.  

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