Scout + IFTTT

    What is IFTTT?

    IFTTT stands for “If This Then That.” IFTTT is a free automation tool that works with pretty much everything you use with the internet, from social media to smart appliances.

    With IFTTT, you can make custom “recipes,” such as turning on your lights when you get home or arming Scout when you leave for work. No coding required!

    How does IFTTT work?

    IFTTT uses applets to control different services. Applets are the “recipes” of IFTTT, and services are the items or software that you can connect. Put simply, an applet tells a service what to do.

    The applet consists of 2 key parts: an IF and a THEN. The IF stands for a trigger, while the THEN stands for an action. For more information, follow this link.

    How do I link my Scout and IFTTT account?

    Follow these steps to link your Scout Alarm and IFTTT account:

    1. In the Scout app, tap the Devices icon on bottom right.
    2. Within your Devices menu, select IFTTT.
    3. Tap Sign in in the top right and log in to your IFTTT account. If you do not have an IFTTT account, you can create one here: https://ifttt.com/join
    4. Search for “Scout Alarm.”
    5. Tap Connect.
    6. Sign in to your Scout Alarm account.
    7. Select Continue.
    8. Activate or create your own applets!

    How does Scout integrate with IFTTT?

    With Scout you can link an IFTTT account and choose a pre-existing applet or make one of your own.

    If you decide to make your own, you must select an IF statement and a THEN statement.

    Remember, the IF stands for the trigger. For the IF statement, you can choose either:

    • An alert with your Scout alarm system (such as an open window or an activated alarm)
      OR
    • A third party device or service (such as a SmartThings water leak sensor, a tweet, or even the GPS on your phone).

    THEN stands for the action. For the THEN statement, you can also choose either:

    • An alert with your Scout alarm system (such as sounding the siren or disarming your Scout system)
      OR
    • A third party device or service.

    With IFTTT, it’s easy to integrate other sirens or systems into your Scout Alarm system. For example, you can create an applet so IF you tweet “arm my alarm,” THEN Scout will arm Away mode.

    Other examples include:

    • Using IFTTT to set up a geofencing trigger to activate the alarm when you leave for work.
    • Using IFTTT to set up push notifications for specific Scout sensors (Example: IF a window is opened, THEN you’ll receive a push notification).

    Why did my IFTTT reaction take such a long time after the trigger occurred?

    Since IFTTT is a free service, there is no guarantee that the reaction will occur instantly every time. During periods of high volume, your applet may be queued until the other reactions can occur in line ahead of yours. IFTTT does a great job most of the time, but sometimes it can be a little slow, mostly due to their server capacity. If you set many triggers during peak hours, then you may receive all of your notifications at once when the server load begins to drop.

    If you’re wondering why IFTTT isn’t triggering your recipe, check to see if there are delays. Simply select your applet and push the “Check Now” button.

    What are some popular IFTTT applets for Scout?