Help why this rule doesn't fire in automation


#1

So I have a rule

trigger:
  - platform: template
    value_template: '{{(states.proximity.fred_distance_from_home | float) >=2.0 and
      (states.proximity.fred_distance_from_home | float) <=8.0 and states.proximity.mark_distance_from_home.attributes.dir_of_travel
      == "towards" }}'

and it shows no error, but never seems to fire, even though the conditions i.e. proximity is between 2 and 8 from home and direction is towards have been tested. Any ideas?


#2

Did you test with the template editor in the dev tools?


#3

Are you getting any warnings in the log? For example, that it has trouble identifying the entity (or entities) within value_template responsible for triggering?

If it can’t find the entity it must monitor, it will post a warning to the log. If this is the case, it will only evaluate the value_template on startup and then never again. To fix it, you must explicitly identify the entity (or entities) to be monitored (because Home Assistant can’t automatically identify it).


#4

just a thought, but you are using fred_distance_from_home for distance but mark_distance_from_home for direction. Not really sure if that’s what you meant to do…


#5

Sorry that was just a typo, tried it in template editor and it fires, could be something to do we the update frequency of the proximity and direction, thanks for the help I will try again :slight_smile:


#6

If you trigger the automation once a minute and move your template to conditions, does it work?
Not saying that would be the final solution just a thought to help debug.