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Secondary "distress" PIN or other Panic Buttons

Derrick Ho 8 months ago in Security • updated 3 weeks ago 4

I have ActionTiles with a panic button that will set off the alarm manually.  

I would like this to be easy to turn on, but harder to turn off.

I would like this panic button to have no PIN requirement when turning on, but require a pin to turn off.


A scenario plays in my mind...


A bad guy enters the house and I am in it... so I press the panic button in hopes to scare the bad guy off....


but the bad guy sees my ActionTiles -- and I have several of them throughout my house always on so that I can monitor my house from anywhere without having to wake up my devices -- He sees the panic button and presses it and the siren turns off.  Now he can rob me in peace!


This is why I ask for such a feature so that I can set off the alarm easily, but when the bad guy tries to turn it off he will see a PIN screen... he will try to enter something, but will give up.


What are your thoughts on this?


(p.s. I have a Samsung Smart things hub.  I know that I could use a routine to get allow turning on the siren but no way to turn it off.  However, routines don't have the ability to customize the color to Red, nor do they have the ability to show an with an interactive style.  Tapping a routine doesn't change it visually, but a button does and I would like that.) 

Use webcore, virtual switches.  First switch starts siren via webcore. Turning that switch off won't do anything.  A second switch could be protected with action tiles pin, it will turn off siren. 

Yep, the easiest solution is probably creating a second button to stop the siren, and PIN protect that button.

This is my workaround using only ActionTiles and Smartthings 


I have two tiles 1 for the alarm and a second one to change my Smart Home Monitor state.


The alarm tile is not a routine, it is a virtual light bulb.  That way The tile will obey the on/off styling.  I have a routine that observes when the light turns on.  When it turns on it triggers the alarm on.  Then I create another routine that observes the SHM state. When it becomes disarmed it will turn the alarm off.


The alarm tile has no pin.  Changing the SHM status requires pin.