Hubitat™ Safety Monitor v1

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Hubitat™ Safety Monitor lets you set intrusion alerts, safety warnings and other customer alerts. Your alerts can include text messages, push notifications, alarms, flashing lights and more.

We’re going to set up our Intrusion Alerts first, although you can set your alerts in any order you choose. Once your first alert is set you will see options to configure your armed states that we will discuss below. For reference, the available states are:

Armed-Away: Your hub is in away mode and your alerts are turned on.
Unarmed-Away: Your hub is in away mode but your alerts turned off.
Armed-Night: Your hub is in Night mode and your alerts are turned on.
Unarmed-Night: Your hub is in Night mode but your alerts are turned off.
Armed-Home: Your hub is in any other mode and your selected alerts are turned on.
Unarmed-Home: Your hub is in any other mode but your selected alerts are turned off.

Setting Your Intrusion Alerts

We're going to use Intrusion-Away as our example, but these same steps apply to setting your Intrusion-Home alerts and alerts for water, smoke and carbon monoxide.

  1. Open/load Hubitat™ Safety Monitor in the Hubitat Web Interface.
  2. Click Intrusion-Away.
    NOTE: You can set different intrusion alerts for when you are home and when you are away. Many people like to set all of their motion and contact sensor to alert them when they are away and only windows and door sensors to send alerts when they are home.
  3. Now you will select the sensors you want to alert you when they are triggered while your home is in its Armed-Away state. If you want to use every sensor in your system, toggle the Use every open/close, motion and shock sensor switch to on. Otherwise you can select your sensors individually. Choose from your open/close sensors, motion sensors and shock (window break) sensors.
  4. When your sensors are selected, move down to Configure Intrusion Alerts. Here you will select the devices you wish to alert you when an intrusion is detected. Click on any one of the alert types and a unique configuration window will appear:
    Text Alerts
    1. First write the message you wish to send with the alert is triggered, such as “ALERT! Hubitat™ Safety Monitor has been triggered.” or “Some stupid jerk is breaking into your house!” You can also choose to include the name of the device that triggered the alarm in your message.
    2. Next, add the phone number you wish to text using SMS format: +1<10 digits> (For example 1-555-867-5390 would be +1<5558675309>). You can add multiple number by separating them by a comma. There is a limit of 10 text messages per day.
    3. Click Done to save your text alert configurations
    Siren Alerts
    1. Select the siren(s) you want to use from the dropdown menu, then select the function you want to trigger. You may select multiple functions (such as strobe and siren) if your device has multiple warning capabilities.
    2. Click done to save your siren alert configurations.
    Lights Alerts
    1. Using lights to scare off intruders can be very effective. Here you can use the menus to select which lights you want to turn on (and if they are dimmers, at what level), which lights you want to flash and which lights you want to change color.
    2. Click Done to save your Lights Alert configurations.
    Audio Alerts
    1. If you have a speech device or speaker that can convert text to voice, you can configure them here. Start by entering your text in the Message to Speak field. Use the toggle to select if you want the message to include the name of the triggered device.
    2. Next, select the speech or music device(s) you want to send the message to.
    3. Click Done to save your Audio Alerts configurations.
  5. When you have configured the Intrusion Alerts you want, click Done.
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Once you set your first alerts, you will notice a few changes to the Hubitat™ Safety Monitor home screen. At the top of the screen you will see the current armed state in red (it will start as disarmed). A new link titled Configure Arm/Disarm for Automatic, Keypads, Buttons and Cancel is now in the menu. Finally you will see a new section titled Arm and Disarm. Below it will be buttons for you to manually arm your monitoring states.


Let's start by configuring your Arm/Disarm settings.

How to Configure Your Arm/Disarm Settings

You can configure your home and away states to be armed automatically during certain modes or manually by using buttons. You can also set delays and designate buttons or switches to cancel alerts. Here’s how:

  1. Click Configure Arm/Disarm for Automatic, Keypads, Buttons and Cancel.
  2. There are four section on this page, each with their own settings:
    Configure automatic arm/disarm.
    If you would like your system to automatically arm itself during certain modes, you'll set that here. Use the dropdown menus to select which modes will arm you Away state and which modes will arm your Home state. You can select multiple modes for each of these states. You can also select the modes that will disarm your Intrusion alerts.
    NOTE: If you set your system to automatically arm during a certain mode, it will NOT automatically disarm when that mode changes. Therefor you MUST set your automatic disarm modes (or set your disarm buttons below) or you could be in for a very rude surprise when your system doesn't disarm itself.
    Use Delays for Arming or Alerts
    Some people like to delay their alters and armed states by a few seconds. For example, if you arm your Away state using a button in your house, you may want build in a 20 second delay to allow yourself to get out of the house before it is actually armed. Conversely, you can delay your alerts for a few seconds to give you a chance to disarm your alert with a kill switch if you accidentally trip your alarm.
    To add the delay, simply enter the number of seconds you wish to delay the arming or the alert in the appropriate box.
    Use Buttons pushed to arm/disarm
    Buttons are a convenient way to manually arm or disarm your intrusion alerts. Many people keep a button by their bed to arm/disarm their Home alerts when they go to bed or wake up. Others use a hidden button near their door to arm/disarm their Away alerts. Use the designated boxes to select the buttons you would like to use to arm you Home or Away alerts or to disarm the system. When you select your button device you will be asked to select which button to use. If your device only has one button, select 1.
    Cancel Alert Options
    Setting your Cancel Alerts Buttons or Switches is very important. First, if you set a delay for your intrusion alerts, you’ll want an easy way to cancel the alert before it fires after the delay. Second, if your alerts are triggered (especially sirens), you’ll want a way to shut them off when they get triggered without having to go into the Hubitat Web Interface.
    You have a choice of canceling your alerts using buttons or switches. Select the buttons or switches you want to use to cancel your alerts by clicking on the appropriate boxes.
  3. When you are done configuring you arm/disarm opens, click done.

Setting Custom Monitoring Rules

  1. In Hubitat™ Safety Monitor, click new custom monitoring rule.
  2. Name your Custom Monitoring Rule and click continue.
  3. Select the type of device you would like to use to trigger your custom alerts. You can choose from:
    • Temperature Sensor
    • Contact Sensor
    • Vibration Sensor
    • Motion Sensor
    • Humidity Sensor
    • Shock Sensor
    • Lock
    • Battery Level
    • Tamper Sensor
    • Presence Sensor
    • Sound Sensor
  4. When you select a type of device, a bevy of options will appear. Select the specific device(s) you would like to monitor (some devices, such as battery level, give you a toggle switch to select all devices). Then select the specific states that will trigger an alert. This varies by device.
  5. Next, select the type of Alerts you would like to receive. These options are exactly the same as you will find for setting Intrusion Alerts.
  6. Custom alerts are not armed in the same manner as intrusion alerts. To arm your Custom alert, you can use the arm this rule button if you want it on all the time. Or you can click the restrictions link to automate rule. The available restrictions include:
    • 'Only between two times- these can be specific times or sunset/sunrise
    • Only on certain days of the week- check any days that apply
    • Only when mode is- select the modes you want this rule active
    These restriction can be used together. For example you can say the rule applies only between sunrise and sunset on Tuesdays during day mode.
  7. When your custom monitoring rule is complete, click done.
  8. You will see a new child app with the name you gave your rule has been added below the Hubitat™ Safety Monitor app. Use this link to edit your new rule.