Amazon's Alexa has some amazing home automation capabilities and security system integrations. See which home security systems work best with Alexa to create an ideal smart home.
AboutWhat Sets Vivint Apart Vivint is best known for its well-designed equipment and easy-to-integrate home automation. Even its most basic equipment package includes professional installation, the Vivint Sky app, and plenty of sensors. Vivint also stands out for using cellular-based...
AboutWhat Sets Frontpoint Apart With an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, Frontpoint may be best known for its supreme customer service. With easy-to-use instructions and help just a phone call away, you can be up and running in...
AboutWhat Sets ADT Apart ADT Security Services is a well-respected name in the home security market throughout the US and Canada. It’s also the largest provider in these areas. Each ADT security system is professionally installed for free and carries...
Whether you currently have a home security system or not, you might also be thinking about adding some home automation equipment to your current system or upcoming purchase. There are a wide variety of home automation options on the market, so there are many different things you will need to consider before making a purchase. One of the most popular home automation hubs on the market is Alexa; therefore, if you choose Alexa as your preferred home automation hub, any equipment you buy will need to be compatible. Here are five of the most popular home security and automation companies that are also compatible with Alexa in 2018 along with the pros and cons of each.
Vivint produces high-end wireless security equipment with a focus on home automation end-user conveniences. They also offer professional installation, no activation fee, 24/7 monitoring, and have a free equipment replacement policy in place as well. In addition, they offer a wide variety of home security and home automation equipment that works well with Alexa. Another great thing about Vivint is they have a very intuitive app that is highly rated among its users.
Vivint is a home security company that caters to home automation shoppers. And while it’s not the cheapest option out there, they do offer high-end wireless equipment on either a four- or five-year contract. Vivint doesn’t offer any DIY options; therefore, everything they sell has to be professionally installed. On the bright side, you won’t have to go through any installation hassles, which most people appreciate.
In addition, the Vivint systems come with a wide variety of popular features such as two-way talk, environmental sensors (fire, carbon monoxide), home automation and voice controls for much of their equipment. And, their newest systems use the 7″ touchscreen Vivint Sky control panel. Vivint also offers a cellular or landline connection option and has its own in-house monitoring centers that boast 10 second response times, which is pretty much unheard of in the industry.
Frontpoint is another home security and home automation company that provides very affordable, high-quality DIY wireless equipment to the consumer and gives that consumer more for their money than any other security company out there. Additionally, they also provide exceptional 24/7 customer service that everyone raves about. Here are some of the Frontpoint pros and cons.
Frontpoint works well with Alexa. And between their exceptional customer service, quick and easy 30-minute installation process, low startup costs, generous equipment packages, and popular home automation features make Frontpoint a serious contender. Additionally, Frontpoint is frequently rated as one of the best home security companies for emergency monitoring with “smarthome” enhancements.
Also, Frontpoint offers three equipment packages and you have the option of signing a one- or three-year monitoring contract. They also give you a 30-day risk-free trial as well. And, they use General Electric equipment which means it can be monitored by another security company if you prefer.
ADT, which dates back about 150 years, is another great choice for compatibility with Alexa in 2018. ADT is the largest home security provider in the US and Canada and they offer more products and services than most other companies in the industry. ADT provides wired and wireless systems that come with free installation and a six-month money-back guarantee. Here are some of the ADT pros and cons.
With ADT you have the option of a wired or wireless system. They also offer environmental protections and home automation features that work with Alexa as well. Additionally, they have five equipment packages and two different monitoring plans. Alternatively, they offer customized solutions if you prefer.
ADT has monitoring centers across the country; however, their monitoring plans are more expensive than other security companies in the industry. Their monitoring plans range from $36.99 to $52.99 per month and the associated equipment will vary depending on the plan you choose. ADT does require a three-year contract which is pretty standard; however, you can cancel and have your monitoring fees refunded within the first six months without penalty as long as you return all their equipment.
If you already own ADT equipment, your monthly prices will be lower than if you don’t. ADT offers several different brands of equipment such as Honeywell, General Electric, ITI, and more. Additionally, with some of the ADT equipment plans, you will have the option of video security cameras and home automation features that are also compatible with Alexa.
ADT also offers medical alert pendants that are compatible with their equipment and can be monitored through their monitoring centers. However, as with all the ADT equipment, fees, and services, they will vary by dealer.
SimpliSafe is one of the leading providers of self-monitored home security systems that are compatible with Alexa in 2018. SimpliSafe doesn’t have any long-term contracts or monthly fees and their equipment is extremely user-friendly. Additionally, the SimpliSafe equipment is of a very high-quality, as well as being durable and versatile. Here are some of the SimpliSafe pros and cons.
SimpliSafe is a great home security system because it can be used as is or customized, so you can easily add on to it as your needs change. SimpliSafe makes all the equipment they sell and it’s portable so you can move it from place to place and not have to worry about any wiring. Additionally, the SimpliSafe system comes with a battery backup that lasts for days versus only 24 hours like others in this category.
The SimpliSafe equipment packages range from approximately $229 to $499 and come with a three-year warranty. And their video cameras come with a motion sensor and night vision. Additionally, they offer environmental protection features such as smoke, carbon monoxide, and water leak detection.
Most people find the SimpiSafe system very easy to use because all you have to do is plug-in the base station, place the sensors where you want them, adjust the settings and you’re done. It doesn’t get much easier than that!
Amazon is a very well-known household name people trust. One whose name is synonymous with unbeatable prices and savings. So it only makes sense that Amazon would eventually jump into the home security and home automation arena themselves and that time is now, especially since Amazon has recently acquired Ring.com. Amazon’s home security system works especially well with Alexa and their business model focuses on personalized customer service and expert installations. And they do that by configuring the security and home automation devices you buy from them, then they take it a step further by personally showing you how to use everything you just purchased. Here are some of the Amazon security system pros and cons.
Amazon is a relative newcomer to the home security industry; however, they are a trusted name brand and, therefore, worth a look.
Amazon home security offers five different smart security packages which range from $320-$840. All packages are portable and easily integrated with Alexa. They come with indoor/outdoor lighting, motion detection, a siren, a video doorbell, and more. They also provide a mobile app, will send you live alerts, and give you access to live video feeds with an optional cloud video backup option, depending on the package you choose. Additionally, when you contact Amazon, you will be dealing with Amazon employees who are highly trained smart home experts, not salespeople.
There are plenty of Alexa Home Security benefits, which include:
Alexa Home Security uses home automation features to allow you to control many functions of your home and lifestyle. This is commonly referred to as a smarthome. Home automation features are easily integrated and controlled through Alexa and other compatible products for things such as security systems, lighting, climate control, entertainment systems, appliances, door locks, and more.
Alexa can be integrated with Amazon Echo, which comes with any Amazon home security package. The Echo is a hands-free voice-controlled device that uses voice recognition to enable you to perform many home security and home automation functions with your voice rather than doing it manually.
One of the benefits of using Alexa is that you will experience an increased level of security because when using the Alexa app you will have real-time access to your home security cameras, as well as being able to remotely access, monitor, and control your home security and home automation equipment and respond accordingly when necessary.
Additionally, you can have Alexa control your door locks, as long as you have the proper locks and set up a four-digit pin code which enables you to use this feature. Just remember that voice recordings can be captured and replicated so you need that second layer of security such as a pin number so a criminal can’t use a recording of your voice, then manipulate that recording using a speech synthesis system like WaveNet to trick your voice identification system.
Alexa compatible home security systems have a number of features. Most of these features are related to home automation and these home security systems that work with Alexa help to create a safe and secure smart home.
With Alexa, you have hands-free control using the Alexa-controlled Echo which uses voice recognition through Amazon's Alexa voice service. This allows you to control your home security and home automation devices using your voice rather than manually performing any given request.
Most security systems come equipped with entryway sensors that are placed on your windows and doors. These sensors will send you an alert that will notify you if any of your windows and/or doors have been opened so you can then respond appropriately when necessary.
Alexa and Echo can be configured to send you specifically designated real-time activity detection alerts to your mobile device via the Amazon app so you can respond appropriately when necessary. This will help save you money by not having to pay monthly monitoring fees to any given company.
Your home security app gives you the ability to access, monitor, and control your home security and home automation equipment remotely. You can lock and unlock your doors hands-free, arm and disarm your security system, control your lights, and/or thermostat, and more.
Using home automation equipment such as Alexa, you can turn your thermostat on or off or adjust the temperature in your home to any degree you want using your voice, or a mobile app, rather than having to perform that task manually.
Home automation equipment such as Alexa enables you to turn the lights in your home on and off using your voice, or a mobile app rather than physically having to do so.
When integrated with Alexa and other task specific home automation features, you can control your home security and home automation equipment, including your door locks. You could use voice-controlled Alexa rather than having to physically lock or unlock your doors manually; however, you will have to verbally state your four-digit pin code every time in order to do so. This will protect you from intruders being able to verbally unlock your doors.
Motion detectors work a little differently than entryway sensors in that they detect motion rather than the opening of a door or window. When your system detects motion, it will send you an alert notifying you that activity has been detected so you can respond accordingly. Additionally, some motion detectors are so advanced they can recognize and ignore specific occurrences such as your designated family members, pets, and even your family's vehicles so you aren't constantly sent false security alerts.
Many home security and home automation systems and equipment such as the Nexx Garage door opener, include a garage door feature that enables you to open and close your garage door remotely using your voice, such as with Alexa, or with a mobile app. Specific garage door equipment, such as Nexx (which is compatible with Alexa), allow you to assign certain permissions for multiple users and include an in-app calendar that lets you see when the door was opened and who opened it.