- Adding Z-Wave Components
- Camera Alarmserver and homee Webhook
- INSTAR IP Cameras and external Z-Wave Motion Sensors
- Day/Night Position
- Deactivate Alarm when you are Home
In the following tutorial I want to add a Fibaro Motion Sensor and an ABUS Indoor Siren to our network. Both will be connected using the Z-Wave wireless communications protocol with the help of the homee Gateway and Z-Wave Bridge Modul. The gateway will then function as a bridge between the wireless Z-Wave network and our INSTAR Full HD Camera.
To add the Z-Wave devices I first login to the homee administrator dashboard
https://my.hom.ee - alternatively you can also use the homee iOS app - the Android app was not working at the time of writing:
Go to the Devices tab and click the + button to add a new Z-Wave device:
Select Z-Wave - Note you need to have the Z-Wave cube installed on your homee gateway. homee also offers a Zigbee and EnOcean cube that, of course, only works with devices that support those protocols:
First I select the motion sensor from the following list:
And follow the instruction to pair the Fibaro Motion Sensor - click on the green start button and then press the pair button on the motion sensor 3x fast:
Once the sensor is paired you can give it a name and click Next:
The sensor was successfully paired and is obviously already working:
Now I repeat the previous steps with the ABUS Indoor Siren:
Both Z-Wave devices are now paired with the homee gateway and can now be used logical IF-THEN chains that homee calls Homeegrams
In this step I want to generate a web hook - a URL on the homee gateway that can be accessed by the Alarm Server on an INSTAR Full HD camera. This web hook is then contacted in case of an alarm on the camera and should trigger the ASUS siren I installed earlier.
Start by going to the Homeegrams tab and click the + button to add a new function:
I am choosing the Webhook as the WHEN Condition for the script:
You can name your web hook and copy the complicated looking URL at the bottom - it should look something like this:
This is the path for your homee web hook - we can later test it by copying it into the address bar of our web browser and loading it. Whatever we will define in the next step as the THEN Condition of our script will be triggered by this URL.
After saving those settings, we can now click on THEN to select our ABUS siren as the action we want to be triggered.
Click on Device and pick the siren from the list below.
When the web hook is triggered, we want the siren to switch on without a delay - click on Done to save those changes. Then repeat those steps - but define a switch off with a short delay (to prevent the siren from going off indefinitely!):
We can now add the web hook URL to the Alarm Server settings our camera. But we are not going to use the web URL that we were given but use the local IP of our homee base station with the port 7681 instead - e.g.
The server path is always
webhooks_key is the yourwebhookkey from the webhook URL above and
event is the name you have given your webhook.
When triggern an alarm on your camera you should now see an entry inside your camera log that the alarm server (in this case the homee base station) was contacted. The siren should be triggered shortly afterwards.
We now are able to contact the homee gateway with our camera in case of an alert. Let's do the opposite now. Whenever the Z-Wave Fibaro Motion Sensor is triggered I want to send an CGI command to my camera that triggers it to move to a different position. E.g. I have a camera that primarily is used to watch the entrance door. But when a person enters the room from the side entrance the motion sensor is triggered and should move into that direction while starting to record a video.
Again we start with writing a Homeegram and defining a WHEN Condition for the script:
This time we need to select the Motion Sensor from the list:
Select Motion Alarm and that you want to be alarmed when a motion is recorded:
Next we need to define what we want to happen when our motion sensor is tripped:
Here you need to choose the Webhook and use the CGI command as URL that sends your camera to the stored position 1:
192.168.2.116 is the IP address of the camera,
admin is the user name for the administrator account on the camera and
instar the corresponding password - change those accordingly.
I refined the script a little bit by adding two further web hooks that are triggered with a delay of
15s. The first one triggers an alert on my camera that in turn triggers all active Alarm Actions. The second one makes it return to the original position once the entering persion was recorded:
We now set up our camera to interact with both Z-Wave devices - we trigger alerts on our camera, when the external motion sensor is tripped and trigger the external siren, when our camera raises an alarm. But homee also offers us scheduled tasks, like triggering events at specific times of the day or at sunrise and sunset adjusted to our geo location.
This can be used to change the direction our camera is looking in based on the time of day. E.g. you want your camera to watch the front gate as long as it is bright outside. But once it is getting dark swing it towards the carport and keep an eye on car instead? Ok, let's start writing a Homeegram for that:
As the WHEN Condition we now have to choose Sun Position (or choose Time if you need specific times) and select Sunrise first:
On Sunrise our camera should be pointed towards the front gate:
The front gate is stored as position one that can set to be the park position of our camera with the following command:
The script to move our camera to the Day Position is set. Now repeat those steps for the Night Position for Sunset using the following command to change the park position to stored position 3:
Make sure that you activated the Park Position inside your cameras PTZ Settings and adjust the time it should remain in a place before returning to the position with the slider below:
Every time our camera is now moved it will automatically return to the park position after a while. And the park position will now change according to the time of day.
Beside time schedule you can also use the provided Mode System to trigger scripts on your homee gateway. I want to create two scripts that activate the alarm schedule for my camera, when I set my homee to Away and to deactivate the schedule again, when I arrive back home and set it to Home.
Let's start with the Deactivate Alarm when I am Home script:
The used CGI command for this web hook is:
Now to the Activate Alarm when I am Away script:
Those two scripts will completely wipe the alarm schedule - not allowing alarms to be triggered - when your homee is set to Home. And once you set it to Away the schedule will be filled for a 24/7 surveillance: