Keypad Reminder

Remember when we used to tie a piece of string to our finger or draw a dot on our hand to act as a reminder? Now a days, we are using Siri and Facebook to remind us birthdays, anniversaries, work meetings and we still forget half the time! What if we had another tool to remind us of these things and more, like replacing our water filter and testing our smoke detectors. Think for a second... what is that one tool that you use everyday besides your phone that you don't ever think of... the keypad to your alarm system! Everyday you are arming and disarming your home or business. Why don't you program messages to appear on your keypad to remind you? You can! And it is so simple!

With the ELK M1 Gold, you can go into the ELKRP Software and create text messages to appear on your keypad screens. To create a new text message, navigate to the "Texts" screen under Automation. Click the “New” button and enter the text, then click OK.  There are two boxes at the bottom of the "Edit Texts" screen that demonstrates 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. Text messages entered here share storage space with the rules.  Every 8 characters entered takes up one rule space.

For reference, here are a few "How-To" examples:

Filter Replacement

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 6     (to occur every 6 months)
          THEN DISPLAY “Time To Replace Water Filter” IN Area One (Area 1) INDEFINITELY, (*) CLEARS, BEEP

This can also be useful for furnace filters, smoke detector batteries, etc.


Birthdays

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.


Now you will never forget seasonal chores, birthdays or anniversaries! 
For more information on the ELK M1 Gold visit http://www.elkproducts.com/m1_controls.html

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