IOS Geofencing capability for SecuritySpy
  • Hi,

    It would be great if in a future version it would be possible to add geofencing/location based capability to the app. So that you could set it to detect when you leave the premises and then arm SecuritySpy, then disarm when you return.


    Cheers!
  • Hi Andy, yes I like this idea and it has been requested a few times, though it isn't easy to implement. I'll see what we can do for a future update.
  • Fantastic thanks Ben
  • One thing to consider is to do what Indigo (Home Automation) server does -- it has an option to monitor an email account and parse simple commands in the content of the email.

    It will monitor google or regular IMAP accounts and either mark or delete emails that are processed

    This provides a way to do a lot of automation by setting up a special email account "myserver@blah.com" and sending commands to it.

    Although email is a bit awkward and has a little delay, the advantage of having this is that this provide a universal way to get commands to a server that avoids all the hard issues of dealing with UPnP, routers, port-forwarding, VPN, SSL, etc.

    In my case, I use the Stringify or IFTTT app to send an email when a Geofence is triggered, so I can kludge Geofencing to Indigo and other servers that do not have Gofence support as long as they have an email command processor. (I have Indigo receiving the GeoFence alerts and then scripts in Indigo control SecuritySpy using REST commands to arm/disarm cameras.)

    In a somewhat related issue (adding missing functionality), I use the iOS "Pushover" app (an email-to-Apple Push notification service gateway) to add "push" alerts for apps and services that don't have built-in push messages.

    Just to be clear: I think SecuritySpy should directly have GeoFencing support as it is very useful and common scenario, but if you were to first implement an email command gateway, then at least we all have one "universal" way to do custom integration with SecuritySpy while you work on more specific direct support for features that are harder/take longer to implement.
  • Hi @Spiv thanks for the feedback and suggestions, we'll take a look at this. I definitely think Geofencing would be a good feature to add soon.

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