17 Apr Alexa, How Secure is My Home?
The Amazon Echo is such a popular device ‘Alexa’ is now a household name – in the colloquial sense. Sure, Alexa can answer questions about the weather or play your favorite songs, but she can also play a more integral role in your home life. Thanks to recent innovations in smart security systems, Alexa is now a household name in a more literal sense.
With the new ASI Connect skill, Amazon Echo seamlessly links with your customized smart home security system. Every smart alarm, lock and light will be at your command – your voice command to be exact. Read on to learn about some of Alexa’s new abilities.
“Alexa, ask ASI Connect to arm my system.”
A customized alarm system is of great value to your home and peace of mind. ASI Connect works with Hoosier homeowners to personalize smart features and tools for optimal security. Now, our technology is compatible with Amazon Echo to enhance your experience through the addition of convenient voice controls.
At a simple command, Alexa can tell you the status of your system, and adjust it instantly. This means you can easily arm the alarm from the comfort of your bed, or disarm it without rushing to punch in a code. You can even tell Alexa to lock your front door or record a video clip with any of your smart security cameras.
Basically, if you have an ASI Connect security feature in your home, you’ll be able to control it with Echo.
“Alexa, ask ASI Connect to close the garage door.”
Even garages are eligible for smart features like automated garage doors, lights and entry codes. Imagine walking into the house with your arms full of groceries. With Amazon Echo linked to your smart home, you can ask Alexa to turn on the flood light as your husband grabs bags from the car, and then close the garage door before he even puts the bags down on the counter.
Just further proof that smart homes and efficiency go hand in hand.
“Alexa, ask ASI Connect to turn off the kitchen light.”
The ASI Connect skill doesn’t stop at alarms, locks and exterior lights, it’s also possible to add interior lighting to your system. Asking Alexa to “turn on the hallway light” before you head downstairs provides safety and security – Alexa will even recognize lamps with dimmers and can set them to a specific brightness. Just don’t let these features encourage too many midnight snacks in the kitchen!
To make your home’s illumination system even more convenient, set up a link between the smart lights in each room for comprehensive control. For example, a simple web portal allows you to label each fixture, so all those tagged “living room” will simultaneously turn on or off with one command to Alexa. This linked automation also works for smart locks, so you separate commands aren’t necessary for each door.
“Alexa, ask ASI Connect to set the thermostat to 72 degrees.”
The ASI Connect skill has one more trick up its sleeve (one which will make every Hoosier cheer): thermostat control. The old saying “the only constant is change” rings true for Midwestern weather. You could wake up to ice on your windshield, walk to lunch in a downpour and enjoy a warm evening on the patio – all in one day. In a typical Indiana home, you might be running to adjust the thermostat every few hours for comfort (not to mention your energy bills).
Now, Alexa can take care of climate control for you. Simply ask her the room’s temperature, tell her to set a specific number or just request she make it warmer or cooler and she’ll automatically adjust the thermostat by two degrees. Indiana’s variable weather is no problem for a smart home with Amazon Echo.
You’ve read about all the great features offered by the ASI Connect skill on Amazon Echo. Now check out this video to see Alexa and a smart home in action:
If you’d like to call on Alexa for your home security and comfort, be sure to call on your Indiana home security experts at ASI!