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Alarm push message on smartphone if movement is detected when no one is home


Using the Niko Home Control programming software, you can receive an alarm for any action as a push message on your touchscreen, smartphone or tablet.

In this example an alarm appears when movement is detected in the hall while the owners are out. To do this we use a motion detector combined with a virtual output that shows that the residents are absent.

Starting point

The starting point for this step-by-step plan is a project for which the Project information has already been entered and for which a drawn or uploaded plan is available.

Run through the steps in Add a new project and then Draw a plan or Upload a background image if there is no existing project.

Step 1: Create an all-off action and add a motion detector

  • Go to Creation in the menu at the top of the screen.
  • Click on add an action and make an all-off action that is controlled by a virtual output that indicates that absence of the residents (Click here for more information).

  • Click on add an input and select an indoor motion detector. Give the icon a logical place on the floor plan. Give the motion detector a name and location.
  • Click save to return to the Creation start screen.

Step 2: Create an action that triggers an alarm

  • Click on add an action. Give the action a name such as Movement during absence.

  • Click continue to go to the Players tab. Do not indicate any player.
  • Click continue to go to the Basic behaviour tab. Standard basic behaviour consists of a start and stop behaviour.
  • Click on add a note or alarm in the start behaviour. Choose Alarm in the subsequent list on the left.

Difference alarm – notice! An alarm appears as a push message on any touchscreen, smartphone or tablet on which the app has been installed. A notice appears in the list under settings; to see the notification itself the customer must go to that list.
  • In the blue box on the right, add the text that will appear in the pop-up message. In this case Movement detected in the hall.

  • Click continue to go to the Conditions tab.
  • Add a condition, give it a name and click on no, automation.
  • Click on the virtual output and the motion detector to select them as players.
  • Complete the table as follows:

  • Click continue to go to the Time automation tab and then save.
  • Go to Project Information in the menu at the top of the screen to save the project.

Step 3: Add a smartphone

This step is only necessary if no smartphone has been added to the project yet.
  • Go to Creation in the menu bar at the top.
  • Click on the + sign on the smartphone icon to add a smartphone/tablet or touchscreen.

  • Click on OK.

The smartphone has now been added to the project. The software will send the push messages to this smartphone.


The customer receives an alarm on his/her smartphone as soon as movement has been detected while no one is home.

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