You'd think Amazon's Amazon home security system and Amazon smart echo smart speakers would work together smartly, right? You'd be wrong most of the time – but today the company takes another small step to link them together, simply by polling, disarming, and controlling the status of some Ring, ADT, Honeywell, Abode, and Scout security systems by asking Alexa
And since I recently bought a ring alert for my own house – Dan convinced me with his review – I decided to turn over the new functionality this afternoon.
Frankly, this is a pretty simple integration. You install the ring skill from the Skill Store in your Alexa app, make sure Alexa can see your alarm system, and then you can use the following commands (in the US):
- Alexa, Arm Ring
- Alexa, ring put on home / away
- Alexa, ring armed?
- Alexa, Disarm Ring
The command Disarmed works only if you explicitly enable it in the settings page of the skill and also say your pin – which makes sense because you do not want a burglar from outside your home just "ALEXA 'DISARM RING' calls before he breaks in.
Amazon announced today that it is making its Security Panel Controller API available to other device manufacturers as well. You can probably expect the list of supported alerts to expand.
Amazon today also issued an invitation to invite the Alexa Guard feature, which allows Alexa to hear a breaking glass window or a smoking smoke alarm and immediately alert you. This is also an advantage for ring owners, as Ring does not yet offer window security sensors.
If you want to be notified when you can also try Alexa Guard, go to Alexa App> Preferences> Guard> Notify when available.
I would be negligent if I did not point out are a few other, limited ways Ring can work with Amazon's voice assistant today. You can ask Alexa to show the video feed of your Ring Doorbell in an echo show or on Fire TV (which is not an exclusive ring feature), and you can also use an echo as an additional ring.