Zipato Security System Improvements
Ok I will start with the fact that the zipato security
alarms are pretty neat. I think they would be awesome with a few improvements.
I got away with most of the following requests using the rules functionallity.
My Zipato alarm system is based on Zipabox, Fibaro Door/Window Sensors, Zipato
Quad Sensors, Fibaro Motion Sensors, Zipato Smoke detector, Zipato Indoor Siren
and Yale Door Locks.
1. Audible / Silent / Disabled Partition Configuration - I have found
that "audible" and "disabled configuration works as intended
but, the Silent Configuration still makes the siren sound. I had to set my
tamper alarm as "disabled" because silent" setting still trips
2. Automatic Reports - Even though the automatic reports do
work, I think the fact that they report every single event is expensive if you
configure SMS and/or Voice, don't get me wrong, price for SMS and voice call
are fair but for example; if once sensor is being tampered with, it will send a
LOT of messages for the same sensor in a very short period of time. I think
there could be an improvement sending repetitive events for the same sensor in
a short period of time as a single report.
3. Entry/Exit Warning Sounds – Most security systems can be
configured to give you an audible warning (beeps) while the Entry/Exit time
period is passing by. I wanted my system to give me a warning (beeps) while the
entry time is passing by and then, if not disarmed, to sound the siren with the
emergency sound, this cannot be done using the alarm configuration. If you
configure the entry or exit delay, siren is silent (off), and there is no way
you can use a rule to trigger the “Beeps” in the siren since the alarm system
is still not tripped, until this time is expired. If you remove the entry/exit
delay, then the siren sounds the “last used sound” for the configured time
It would be very nice if we could configure a sound for
entry/exit delays, such as beeps, to be sound while the entry/exit delay
configuration expires and also to configure and emergency sound if security
system is tripped, different sound for fire/smoke detection, etc… That way no
rule like the one attached is required, only configuration.
4. Notification in case the system was not successfully armed
(quick armed) or disarmed, very useful in case partition isn’t ready and
someone attempted to arm the system.
5. Ability to know if a system is armed home or away in
What do you think?