Add a permanent “Self Monitored Mode” for those of us that do not want central dispatch. I understand that this can be achieved with “Test Mode.” However, this results in a permanent “You are in Test Mode” card that eats up a lot of screen space. UPDATE 12-JUN-2021: Test mode also disables a number of other features, such as Critical Alerts. With “Self Monitored Mode” it would deactivate central dispatch and eliminate this needless card on the screen. UPDATE 12-JUN-2021: Self Monitoring Mode would also enable all other features that are disabled in Test Mode. Perhaps add a simple banner that reads “SELF MONITORED”. Even put it in RED if you want.
You can even do the same thing with Test Mode and changing the card to a banner that reads “TEST MODE” and put the “Exit Test Mode” in the settings.
Why might someone want to do this? Some municipalities require a permit for alarm systems that have central dispatch. This adds cost to the system and some people don’t want to pay that extra cost. Additionally, there is often a charge for false alarms. Some people want the self home monitoring without the fear of getting charged for a false alarm call to the property.
I understand this may have been noted as a potential “future” addition, but it needs to be moved up and implemented ASAP.