How does Places work?

The Places feature of the Brinks Home™ Mobile App provides users a variety of smart home automation rules and reminders based on the user's physical proximity to the alarm system. Physical proximity is established by setting up a virtual “fence” (Geo-Fence) around the alarm system's location, and automation cues are triggered by passing over the boundary of this virtual fence.

Current features include:

  • Arming reminders: Alerts when the system is armed or disarmed based on entering or leaving the geo-fence

  • Thermostat control: Automatically adjusts to a target temperature on a Z-Wave thermostat based on entering or leaving the geo-fence 

  • Automate video recording: Turn your video recording on/off based on entering or leaving the geo-fence


Follow the steps below to enable Places:

1. In the Brinks Home Mobile App, select the menu icon menu_icon.png then scroll down and select Places.

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 2. Select Go to location settings, toggle on Location Services and confirm by pressing Enable.  

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Note: If you are prompted to, follow the Go to Settings button to allow location services and make sure Location is set to the Always option.

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3. When you return to the app, you will now have a 1-mile radius automatically created around your system's address. To create a new place, select the + in the top right corner and enter the address or drag to your desired location. From there you can increase or decrease the size of the radius using two fingers to pinch in or out.

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Using Places in Notifications 

You can now use your device's location to trigger various notifications like arming reminders, door lock/unlock automation, and thermostat adjustment. 


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