I’m sceptic about using Homey for a professional alarm system, but after witnessing that professional alarms are not that great as well I decided to replace my outdated Honeywell Galaxy alarm with a Homey based alarm.
I already have my Homey, router, and WiFI on UPS. The Aeotec door/window sensor 7 seem to be the best choice I could find for that job. The battery lasts about 3 years, it has the highest Z-Wave security protocol in place and has a ok design. Furthermore, it is compatible with the Homey Aeotec app.
Does anyone have any experience with them? According to the manual there should be an open/closed message and a tilt sensor. What events are available on the homey flows? Can we get battery status as well? That is one of the things that are terrible with our current alarm. If any sensor battery is down the console indicates something like “Cannot arm, battery low”, without telling me what battery.
I currently also have glass-breaking sensors. I can’t find any of them compatible with Homey (preferably on Z-Wave). They do seem to exist (https://www.gocontrol.com/detail.php?productId=2), but there is no compatible Homey app for it yet. Anyone found something compatible for that?
Last thing is the motion detection. That worries me most. My Galaxy alarm has rather large motion detectors, but they simply work and never had a false alert. I have some Fibaro motion sensors, but those are terrible. Aeotec has the MultiSensor-6, but their TriSensor seems to be a better alternative, you can see the comparison on the bottom of their page (https://aeotec.com/z-wave-motion-sensor/). The trisensor is using the S2 Z-Wave advanced security. But… unfortunately the Homey App does not support the trisensor (yet). Anyone with experience on these kind of sensors?
The Aeotec Siren-gen5 seems fine to use as a siren and within Homey I could get all the flows in order. The Aeotec key-fob could be used to arm-disarm the alarm. That is another security concern as anyone with that key-fob could arm and disarm, there is no way to enter a pincode, but I think I can live with that as a lot of professional alarm systems also arm/disarm by a simple key tag. Homey itself seems reasonably secure and I am one of the lucky ones where I don’t need to reboot Homey to keep it functioning.
Now I only need some way to notify the security agency in case of an alarm. We are currently at Securitas, I don’t think they have some kind of API available I could use. The siren and push messages to my mobile would be something, but is there also some kind of homey compatible device that can “talk” to the security agency?
Finally I would install the Netatmo cameras to be able to check the inside of the house in case of an alarm message. If I can get all of this in place it seems like a relatively secure setup, with the added benefits of having all those sensors integrated to the home automation.
Any experiences, tips, heads-up, etc. very welcome.