Before, I answer this fully. Is there a reason, beyond traditional convention, how this feature is needed in your setup?
I'm not sure when this feature will get attention considering I didn't intend for this feature to be a thing. My rationale was that if you're using HomeKit to control your alarm system, that everyone else in the home would be using HomeKit as well. And in that case, it would likely be on everyone's phones (they are in my house). At that point, it's just a matter of a little human-reprogramming to arm the house after you've already left.
If the other people in the home are not on an iPhone, or they aren't allowed to have an iPhone, then that becomes a conflict of responsibility as well as a conflict of platform and maybe choosing a more brand-agnostic approach would definitely be a more suitable choice (like SmartThings, Hubitat or Home Assistant).
I can't help but resolve that this feature was something from the traditional alarm system era where there was no wireless remote arming of an alarm system available. The only way to arm the alarm system securely was with the alarm panel within the home with the countdown feature was to allow the person time to leave before setting off the alarm.
After some research, I've found a couple justified reasons why having a security mode delay is still necessary:
- for cleaning staff or pool cleaners to exit and set the alarm before leaving after cleaning your house or pool
- for the nanny to exit the house and set the security system while dropping the baby off at day care
- in commercial applications such as an office, to allow staff without remote access to set the alarm when leaving
I will put this on the project board. At this time, there is no estimate when this will be completed - but it's in my list of things to work on.
I am finally on vacation and will be working on this feature!
That’s great news (that you a get vacation )
Thanks for working on this. I had a OK workaround for arming, but worried that getting the disarming wrong would wake up the entire neighborhood.
Not to worry, I’ve been planning a sequential launch over the following week. Testing has been successful for some of the code changes I’ve made. And this feature included.
Sorry this took me so long to get to.
Hey Jay et al,
As promised I've been able to find time to work on this, please see my progress with testing in a short video I made.
I am working on having the beeper countdown get progressively faster like traditional alarms do, as well as a switch for silent arming of the alarm.
Two other features that are directly tied to this implementation are the sensor bypass feature and arming-cancellation if a sensor is open while attempting to arm if the sensor isn't set to be bypassed.
I can't release anything until the entire orchestration for these features is completed.
Regardless, here's the video: https://youtu.be/Pq1gz16EHFg