Today, Sense learns new devices and assigns them a unique name. Sense requires that owners change the name of learned devices to help Sense learn what they are. In the process, owners are forced to lose the original unique identifier for the device. With the volatility of device learning, devices disappearing, stop reporting, and device loads moving from one learned device to another, owners are required to constantly rename these devices to try and keep track of what they are, and were, as they change. As a result, we can easily lose track of the original unique device name, and it’s history.
The name, make, and location text strings are the only place in the app that owners can record and remember what they’ve learned about the devices. In the name field I’m currently trying to record the original name, the device name/s and loads, and what appliances I’ve proved are not this device (Please see a previous request to add a notes field for each device in the app to avoid overloading the name field). This overloads the function of that field and interferes with how Sense uses it.
Please have a persistent identifier for each learned device so that it’s possible for us to keep track of what they started out as, and their history, without using the name or some other field.