Amazon has introduced Alexa Guard in the U.S. on May 14, as a feature that adds home security through Alexa-enabled devices such as smart echo speaker. The alarm is set once you say, “Alexa, I’m leaving”. It is perfectly capable of sending an automatic alert when the device identifies the sound of glass breaking or detects carbon monoxide and rings a smoke alarm.
When something is sensed, Alexa Guard will alert the users through phone notification and will also be able to play the sound from the Alexa app. This new feature is combined with the existing ADT or Ring home security systems that allow Alexa to activate and deactivate the home security systems. Users can select an option for the smart alerts to be forwarded to ADT or Ring as well.
Another feature that is included in the Alexa Guard is Alexa’s Away Lighting tool that takes security as a further step by controlling your home’s lights in the absence of users. This helps in controlling on and off lights to make it appear as if someone is at home.
Alexa Guard can somewhat be helpful for the users who use a traditional security system. Users can use their voices to disarm or arm their Ring, ADT control security system, and ADT Pulse.
Amazon is not good about incorporating its cross-functionality between home security products. However, Alexa Guard will set up to arm your Ring security system, when users tell Alexa to turn on its Guard mode.
Guard is not a replacement for purchasing a home security system, but it is a system to get users free and extra peace of mind.