M1 can provide reminders on system keypads for periodic events, such as trash collection day, water filter replacement, pool maintenance, smoke detector battery replacement, special occasions, etc.
This feature can also be used to display installer contact details and payment reminders for monitoring contracts.
Text messages are entered in ElkRP on the texts screen, under automation. To create a new text message, click the “New” button, enter the text, and click OK. There are two boxes at the bottom of the edit texts screen that demonstrate how the text will appear on the keypad. If the text is more than 16 characters long, it will alternate between these two boxes on the bottom line of the keypad. Make sure that a word is not split across these two boxes, or your message may be confusing.
Text messages entered here share storage space with the rules. Every 8 characters entered takes up one rule space. Note: The Texts screen is also used for entering ASCII stings. This will be addressed in a future application.
In this example, the customer will be reminded that it is time to replace the water filter. This particular water filter should be replaced every 6 months according to the manufacturer’s specifications. Adjust this time to meet the needs of your application. Every six months, on the first day of the month, starting at 6:00 pm , the keypad will display the reminder message and beep until the star button is pressed.
WHENEVER THE TIME IS 6:00 PM
AND THE DAY OF THE MONTH IS 1
AND THE MONTH IS A MULTIPLE OF 3 (to occur every 3 months)
THEN DISPLAY “Time To Replace Water Filter” IN Area One (Area 1) INDEFINITELY, (*) CLEARS, BEEP
This can also be useful for air filters, furnace filters, smoke detector batteries, etc.
Trash Day Reminder
In the next example, curbside garage collection is scheduled on Tuesday and Friday mornings. The customer will receive reminders to take the garage bins to the curb on Monday and Wednesday night at 8:00pm. Pressing the star button will clear the message and silence the beeps.
WHENEVER THE TIME IS 8:00 PM
AND THE DAY(S) OF THE WEEK IS/ARE -M--T--
THEN DISPLAY “Garbage to Curb!” IN Area One (Area 1), INDEFINITELY, (*) CLEARS, BEEP
This could also be used for recycling collection, etc.
In the next example, the customer will receive a weekly reminder to perform the required pool maintenance. The text message will be displayed on the keypad at 4:00 pm , every Wednesday. The keypad will beep while the message is being displayed. Pressing the star button will clear the message and silence the beeps.
WHENEVER THE TIME IS 4:00 PM
AND THE DAY(S) OF THE WEEK IS/ARE ---W---
THEN DISPLAY “Pool Needs Maintenance” IN Area One (Area 1), INDEFINETLY, (*) CLEARS, BEEP
Note that extra spaces have been placed between “needs” and “maintenance”. This is to prevent the word “maintenance” from being split across the lines scrolling across the bottom of the keypad screen.
This could also be used for spas, ponds, etc.
This example demonstrates how a text message could be used to wish someone a Happy Birthday! Whenever “Mr. Jones” disarms the system on his birthday (May 15th in this example) the keypad will display “Happy Birthday Mr. Jones!” for 2 minutes (120 seconds). To add a personal element to the message, the M1 will play the family singing Happy Birthday, which was recorded as a custom voice message, using keypad menu 8, and then programmed into Miscellaneous 1 in ElkRP.
WHENEVER Area One (Area 1) STATE BECOMES DISARMED
AND THE LAST USER WAS Mr. Jones (User 1)
AND THE MONTH IS May
AND THE DAY OF THE MONTH IS 15
THEN DISPLAY “Happy Birthday Mr. Jones!” IN Area One (Area 1) FOR 120 SECONDS
THEN ANNOUNCE Miscellaneous 1 (vm239)
This could be used for anniversaries and other special occasions, as well.