Anyone who has any experience in setting up a Beacon in Homey for better accuracy in Presence detection? I’m using iPhone (iBeacon) but I guess it’s more about what Homey likes? iBeacon or Eddystone? Any recommended hardware? Are there Beacons that are more stationary and can use AC power instead of batteries?
I thought (probablyboth backwards and sideways) that like my iPhone and other stuff at home works, that Homey is of course stationary, my iPhone is mobile and that the beacon could be stationary. Because I don’t want to carry around more stuff than my iPhone in order to detect correct presence. I thought that the iPhone was checking the iBeacon which in its turn talked to Homey and set in/out of range.
So do I really need a iBeacon to carry around or is it any way to turn this around?
You ofcourse can use your phone + a stationary beacon as presence detector, but that way, a Homey app is not necessary.
While your phone is the presence monitor, you can send a webhook (with tasker or the like) to Homey on certain beacon events, you can start a flow with that.
My problem is today that Homey has a too big radius for home/away. So I thought buying an iBeacon would solve this (setting a smaller radius). I really need Homey to pick up this home/away in order to create flows. Do you mean that I should (really need? I’m not sure Tasker is available for iPhone) use non-Homey stuff to achieve this?
(no need to carry beacon) (needed for smaller radius)
iPhone <—> iBeacon <–> Homey, Home
I didn’t know the app name for the iphone, but it’s called ‘shortcuts’
I have no idea how to achieve this with Homey and beacons only (without taking the beacon with you).
You can consider using: Location and Presence combined with the Owntracks mobile app;
In Owntracks you can define several geofences of almost any size
Smart Presence - This checks if your phone is connected to your wifi network. I think you can combine it with Homey Geo, so your home doesn’t lock you up in case you are home and your phone is dead, or your phone’s wifi is switched off
If you just want to have a more accurate Presence (home/away), then look into Smart Presence App for Homey | Homey The downside of Smart Presence is that the app waits for quite some time before marking someone as away.
I’m an Android user and use Tasker to send a WebHook as soon as I connect or disconnect with my home Wifi.
I’m working on “Room Presence” with Tasker and BLE Beacons, where Tasker will try to detect in which room in the house I am as soon as I stop walking (by using the AutoLocation plugin for Tasker). If I then shake my phone, I want to see the controls for the things in that room to show. It’s a long-term project