The Amazon Ring home security system and Amazon Echo are both part of Amazon’s ecosystem of smart devices. Seeing how both devices are Amazon products, it would make sense for the duo to communicate with one another. However, this wasn’t the case until the recent release of a new integration. The new integration is rather simple, but it is certainly a step in the right direction.
The new integration incorporates three core skills—you can arm your system, disarm your system, and check the status of your home security system by simply asking Alexa to do so. The integration is available for certain Ring, ADT, Honeywell, Abode and Scout security systems.
How to use Amazon Ring skill with your Amazon Echo Device
The first thing you’ll want to do is install the Ring skill via the Skill store in the Alexa app on your mobile device. With the Ring skill installed, you’ll want to make sure Alexa can see your alarm system. From there you’ll be able to use the following four commands:
- Alexa, arm Ring
- Alexa, set Ring to Home / Away
- Alexa, is Ring armed
- Alexa, disarm Ring
Again, these four commands are not the most complex tasks. However, they can come in handy when you’re not able to easily open the Ring app on your mobile device, wait for it to connect to the Ring Alarm base station and then tapping a button. It is worthwhile noting that the disarm command only works under two conditions: 1.) you have explicitly enabled said skill in the skill’s settings page, and 2.) you provide your PIN. This may sound like a hassle at first but makes total sense since you would not want a burglar to disarm your security system by shouting “Alexa, disarm Ring” while outside your house. One of the major short comings so far is that there is no way to identify which door or window has been tripped via the voice-based skill.
Amazon has announced that its Security Panel Controller API panel will become available to other home security device manufacturers in the near future, so keep an eye out for updates if your system doesn’t currently integrate with Amazon’s Echo. Amazon is also introducing an invite-only preview version of their Alexa Guard device today. Alexa Guard listens for the sounds of a glass window breaking, or a smoke alarm, and alerts users right away.
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