I'm considering getting an outdoor camera like Ring. Cameras like Ring are listed in the recommended compatible devices in the SmartThings market. So, I'm curious what sort of automation events are available with cameras like this?

  • Motion Detection?
  • Presence?
  • Can you control notifications of camera system with other SmartThings events?

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I don't get what you mean by presence, but you can get notifications of door bell button push and / or when motion detection gets triggered.

I understood from the specifications that with SmartThings you can switch either one of them on or off and also drive another SmartThings device like a light switch based on the notification.

There's more information available in the SmartThings Documentation on the Ring Doorbell.

  • I don't know if Ring (or other cameras) incorporate facial recognition to set presence of specific people. Much like you can use your cell phone as a presence sensor (using GPS), the cameras could potentially use facial recognition to detect presence. Thank you for the link to the documentation, that's what I was looking for.
    – tbm0115
    Mar 1, 2017 at 21:47

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