Amazon’s Echo and Echo Dot dominated the 2016 holiday shopping season, and Alexa appears to be dominating CES 2017 as well. Yet with all the new skills being announced for Alexa at CES, none appear to be as downright interesting as the one announced today: as ADT announced that they are teaming up with Amazon to bring home security system control to it’s Alexa equipped devices.
“Alexa, Tell ADT To Arm My House.”
This new skill will work in conjunction with the company’s Pulse Home Automation and Security offering, giving ADT customers the ability to control their home security systems and home automation devices with voice commands. This would allow a Pulse customer to say “Alexa, tell ADT to lock the front door” or “Alexa, tell me the status of my ADT alarm system”. One of the main benefits of opting for the ADT Pulse service is to have remote access to arm and disarm your security system from anywhere, so voice command seems like the next logical step.
Security Issues For Your Home Security?
Naturally, using voice commands to control your home security system can sound like a security issue in and of itself; however ADT will not allow the system to be armed or disarmed without a PIN code provided. So long as the PIN code is kept close to the chest (and not repeated around less than trusting folks) that should provide some piece of mind.
ADT officially says the skill is coming in Early 2017, however they announced at CES that some customers can expect to see the rollout begin at the end of this month.
Do you think Alexa taking over home security systems is a good idea? Is it convenient or it’s own security problem? Let us know in the comments below!