Home Security For Alexa

Which systems are compatible?

BY ALLISON CLARK

December 2, 2020

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Over the past decade, we’ve seen the rise of smart homes, which uses tech-based products to make our lives easier. One standout product in the field of home automation is Amazon’s Echo.

The Echo enables consumers to use Alexa, a voice-controlled virtual assistant with updates maintained throughout the cloud. This technology even allows home security to be linked and voice-controlled.

Choose an Alexa device

To start, you’ll want to settle on an Amazon device that is Alexa-enabled. Besides the Echo, you can choose from additional generations of the Echo, like the Dot, the Tap, or the Show. Each device can integrate successfully with a home security system.

Selecting a home security system

In the beginning, Scout was the only home security system to work with Alexa; however, this was limiting to those who already had other security providers they wanted to use or had products previously installed in their homes.

Since Alexa’s initial debut with Scout home security tools, many top home security providers now allow their products to work on the platform.

Once Alexa learns the relevant home security skills, you can use your voice to control the alarms and potentially avoid relying on the panel to manage your system. Don’t worry about intruders using Alexa to control your system. You will be assigned a personal code for voice control to enable and disable the home monitoring system.

Alexa commands

Once you enable Alexa with your home security system, you’ll simply tell the virtual assistant what skill you want it to perform.

The following are a few commands you can try out with Alexa:

  • “Alexa, arm my system.”

  • “Alexa, ask Brinks Home™ to disable my alarm.”

  • “Alexa, lock the front door.”

  • “Alexa, ask Brinks Home for my alarm status.”

Contact a Brinks Home Senior Security Consultant today to see how Alexa-enabled devices can integrate into your home security system.

Allison Clark is a senior writer for Brinks Home. She enjoys educating others on the benefits of smart home security and using technology to simplify everyday life.

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