Creating an Automation in Apple HomeKit

Creating an Automation in Apple HomeKit

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In this video, Jorge shows users how to create an automation in Apple HomeKit. This is very important for getting the most out of the Apple HomeKit platform.


adi wires i'm george from alarm grid today we're going to be going over how to create an automation on the home kit on the apple homekit right hadia wires i'm george from alarm grid today we're gonna be going over how to create an automation on the apple homekit application so today I'm actually working with my iPad and since the lyric controller is the only alarm system out right now that does support home kit I have actually learned this lyric into my home kit app on my iPad so I'm gonna go ahead and show you guys real quick a couple of different features that you guys can play around with now what automation allows you to do it allows you to create actions to happen depending on the time of day depending on whether your home or depending on a certain trigger alright so for instance if you guys have some iOS devices if whether it's light switches thermostats plug-in modules anything like that that's home kit enabled you can actually control that and you guys can set up automation and triggers with the lyric alarm system that will allow you to for instance if you guys armed your lyric system away you guys can set certain lights to come on the temperature to rise up to 7677 whatever temperature you guys like it whenever you are away from the house but of course you always got to remember in order to use home kit remotely you do need to have a home kit hub whether it's an Apple TV and iPad new generation that has the latest firmware update and you can actually set it as an Apple hub I think I said the Apple TV right and but yeah you guys do need to have a home kit hub enabled at the house so that you can actually do this kind of automation and controlling of the system to home kit remotely you guys need that hub so let me go ahead and get me I get my iPad situated here give me just one moment so once you once you have everything set up I'm gonna go ahead and open up my home kit app right as soon as you open it up you're gonna see that I have a couple of lights some wall outlets switches and then I also have my default lyric with three door sensors that are learned into the system so that's actually something very important for those of you who are looking to do a home kit on the lyric system keep in mind that only the sensors that are set to entry exit or perimeter or interior follower or interior with delay meaning windows doors or motions those are the only sensors that are going to be learned into the home kit so just something to keep in mind now I'm gonna show you guys real quick how fast home kit actually works with the lyric system I'm gonna go ahead and hold down my default room lyric that's gonna bring up my options I'm gonna go ahead and just do an arm away and if you look at the system and did it almost instantaneously I'm gonna go ahead and do it off cool so I just wanted to show you guys real quick howdy how you use the actual home kit with the lyric system now I'm gonna show you guys the automation so first thing you want to do is on the bottom right hand corner of the home kit app there's an automation button right there you click on that and since I don't have any automation learned in it's gonna ask me to create new automation so I hit the create new automation button and then remember what I was saying the automation allows you to do create on create an automation weather depending on whether your home the time of day or on a trigger so for instance let's just say I want an accessory to be controlled right so I'm gonna do an accessory is controlled I'm gonna do is it's asking me to choose the accessory that will start this automation so I'm gonna set the default room lyric as the trigger I hit next now I wanted to I want the devices to be triggered when the lyric arms away so I'm gonna hit arms the time I'm gonna put any you can always change it so like if you only want the scene or the automation rule to work only at a certain time of day you can do that I'm just gonna leave it as any time and then the people you have multiple people using this homekit using the same whole kit login you can actually control and decide who you want to have that act that access to this automation rule so I hit next now select the scenes and accessories to automate I'm gonna go ahead and do my my two lights so my default room nightlight and my second default room not nightlight and I'm also gonna set the thermostat all right I'll hit next now we have the scene here and now so to you to decide what you guys want to do so I'm gonna make it to where when the lyric system arms away I'm gonna have the default room nightlight turn on the second default room nightlight turn-on and I'm gonna want my thermostat if I hold it down it brings up the temperature that I want to set it at I'm gonna set it to 70s 78 when I'm away that sounds like good enough now you can either test the automation right away you can do turn off you can have it like set to a specific timer if you guys want it doesn't really apply for this one though so you don't have to worry about the turn off and then once you're done you just hit the done in the top right and then your automation is created now if at any point in time you guys need to pause this automation you simply go click on the click on the automation and you can actually delete it from that screen you can also if you see the very top where it says enable this automation you guys can disable it that way if you guys just want to have it disabled for a short period of time but you don't want it to delete it completely because then that means you have to recreate it you can just use that enable feature right so I'm gonna leave mine enabled I'll get done could not automation could not edit all right so let's just hit cancel for now another thing you can do let's just do at a time of day so I'm gonna have my lyric system at since what it's 10:00 turn right now at 10:00 11:00 a.m. repeat Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday the whole week and I'm gonna hit next I'm gonna set my default room lyric hit next and I'm gonna want my lyric to arm away I had done so I in a minute here at 10:00 11:00 a.m. the lyric system would do an arm away this is good for people who automatically want their odds their systems to arm at night that way you don't have to worry about doing it or in case you forget you can only set your lyric system to arm at 9:00 p.m. to an arm to an arm stay so let's give it a couple more seconds here and we should see the lyric system do an arm do go into an arm away mode once the time on my iPad hits 1011 the lyric system will begin to arm 10 11 and the leader Chism arms now you can go ahead and disarm it from the main screen what else can we do so right now we've done on a certain time we've done a trigger you can also do location so you can do when you arrive when you arrive home time any time of day right you hit next now what do you want to control or what do you want what devices do you want to activate when you get home I'm gonna do my lyrics so let's just say when I get home I want my lyric system to disarm I'm gonna want my thermostat to be controlled and let's just say my switch in in the room and my living room all right well so right now I have the lyric the thermostat and the switch I hit so now I'm gonna have my lyric system go into an off mode which is what that's what it's already set to and let's say my default room switch let's just say I have a switch at the front door and I want the switch to turn on to turn on all the lights whenever I arrive home I'm gonna turn that power on my thermostat when I get home I like to be nice and comfortable I will set the temperature to 71 and then when anyone arrives home right so that's when anyone gets home you had done and now that sets location-based right so right now we have a we have a time of day automation we have a location automation and we have a trigger automation right whenever the system arms away turn on the lights set the thermostat took 78 whenever you arm away it's more than likely because you're leaving the house so that's why I said to that and that's just a quick little overview on how you can play around with the automation in home kit especially if you have the lyric that a lot of different cool integrations you guys can do especially if you guys have the home kit devices now something important that I do just want to touch base on home kit and the lyric system home kit is great for is for the home kit integration where it allows you to learn in the icon I control devices however it still does have its caveats if you guys are planning on using home kit only for instance you can't clear an alarm on the system why because that requires two disarms and on the home kit app you can actually disarm the system twice once it's disarmed once it's disarmed once you can't actually run the disarm again a second time in a row that's something that can only be done through the system or through the Total Connect application and again the other caveat that I mentioned earlier was that only windows door sensors that are set to entry exit perimeter or interior follower or they get learned into the home kit app which is why you see here I actually have my my back room I'm sorry my back door front door and living room door all learned into the system now if I would have had let's say temperature sensor is glass breaks or anything like that those would not be going into home kit so it's just something to keep in mind when you guys are playing around with home kit and the lyric system in case you have any questions if you guys do you can always email us to support at alarm grid comm if you guys found this video helpful make sure you hit like underneath subscribe to the YouTube channel and enable the notifications so whenever we upload a new content you guys do get notified I'm Jorge and I'll see you guys next time