Am I right that the Nest Thermostat does not expose motion events? This would be very useful for home security.
Via IFTTT.com I’m trying to get sent a notification when my home detects motion. The use case is me being away traveling. I have 3 Nest thermostats. This IFTTT Applet is pretty good: https://ifttt.com/applets/234757p-get-a-mobile-notification-when-your-nest-detects-motion but I get no details on, for example, which thermostat(s) triggered the notification. Despite the phrasing of what this Applet does, after reading through the Nest developer API I suspect that this Applet actually uses the Home/Away event change to do its job since I don’t see any motion API.
- Add metadata to the Home/Away event to say which thermostats. Depending on which thermostat went off I can gauge how confident I am in interpreting the risk.
- Add a end-user facing “event log” of sorts to display my own thermostat motion events. If I see more than one thermostats detect motion – something’s up! IFTTT can at least alert me to manually go take a look at this proposed UI.
Is this the right support medium for my suggestion? As a developer I went this route but my role here is really a regular home-owner here and don’t plan on automating stuff for Nest.