Amazon turns Echos into rudimentary home security devices with 'Alexa Guard' update

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USA users can set up the free feature from a mobile device: Open the latest version of the Alexa app, navigate to the settings menu, and select "Guard".

The new defense system is compatible with the entire family of Echo devices. If you're the type of person who has a hard time enjoying a holiday away, mostly because you're anxious about what's going on at home, this new feature could help put your mind at ease.

If you don't have a smart speaker yet, then this is Amazon's way of enticing you to get an Echo device instead of its competitors like Google Home or Apple Home. Along with listening, Alexa Guard may mimic your every day proper, gentle utilization, switching the lights on and off to make it seem to be you're dwelling.

For a while now, you can use Alexa-supported Amazon Echo speakers like the Echo Dot (which I'm still reviewing at the moment) or any speakers plugged into the Amazon Echo Link/Link Amp, or even the Sonos One speakers to play your favourite music via Alexa voice commands. Scroll down and select Guard.

It'll ask you to confirm and enter your zip code to use the Away Lighting aspect. Away Lighting works with connected smart lights, plugs, and switches that are Works with Alexa-certified.

Alexa Guard is an intriguing idea but remains untested.

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The digital assistant listens for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms or the sound of breaking glass-which wake the system in the same way as calling its name.

"When you receive a Smart Alert from Alexa, it is up to you to decide what action, if any, to take", according to Amazon. You will also be given the option to Drop In on your Echo device.

TechCrunch reports that Amazon worked with licensed contractors to break hundreds of different glass windows using different objects in order to create a wide range of different sounds for Alexa to listen for. Amazon takes note of that Alexa Guard isn't meant to be a trade for a caution framework, and it can't alarm experts.

More details about Alexa Guard is available at Amazon's FAQ.

For traditional security system users, Guard can also be somewhat helpful. With those services, Smart Alerts will be forwarded to the professional monitoring service, which will determine if it's appropriate to notify emergency-response services, such as the police or fire departments.

Yes. Alexa Guard is absolutely free to use.

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