Device-tracker triggered


I made an automation with this trigger :

  - platform: state
      - device_tracker.alex

Even if Alex is at school since 8:21:30 (for the whole day), the automation is triggered all the time f.e. :


Looking at the history nothing changes :

Why and how can I solve this ?

It is probably triggering on gps position changes. What do you want to accomplish, i.e. when do you want it to trigger? Coming or leaving home, or reaching some other destination?

Edit: I do see your point in that it is weird that the state itself hasn’t changed, just the attributes. Adding a template condition using this should fix it, but then again it should be implicitly true: (untested, maybe I got some of the syntax slightly wrong):

{{ trigger.from_state.state != trigger.to_state.state }}

Second edit: I like tom’s solution below better :slight_smile:

Supplying a null to state will only trigger on state changes and ignore attribute changes:

  - platform: state
    entity_id: device_tracker.alex

Or better yet:

  - platform: state
    entity_id: device_tracker.alex
      - unknown
      - unavailable
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Thank you Tom, works fine now !

Is there a simple way to calculate the distance between 2 positions (latitude, longitude) ?

{{ distance('device_tracker.1', 'device_tracker.2') }}