Digital voice home assistants such as those from Google and Alexa can do much more than just tell you the weather. These innovations are compatible with a range of security devices, giving you the peace of mind that your home is safe.
One way to do this is by linking a security camera system with Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant. For example, Lorex has a new range of smart home security systems available that can be controlled with voice activation. Here is everything you need to know about these types of systems.
Talking to Your Home Voice Assistant
Google’s Home Assistant is voice-activated and works as a speaker and command center. It uses the Google Home app which you can install on any device, to have all of your smart tools in one place. When you start by saying “OK Google” you can ask it a question, or tell it to do something. Amazon has a similar product called Alexa, that can be controlled by saying “Alexa,” followed by a command. The voice assistant you choose will be based on personal preference and any other matching devices such as phones and tablets.
These hubs can be connected to external apps and devices to essentially create a smart home. With compatible accessories, they can turn on lights, make phone calls or manage your diary. The possibilities are endless, and they are being upgraded regularly and becoming more intelligent.
Managing Security With Your Home Assistant
When you use a compatible security camera system, you will have more control over your home safety. Hands-free monitoring will make checking in easy, and you will always know what is happening around your property. Depending on the type of security system you install you will be able to ask certain questions. Please note that as time goes by and technology evolves, even more features will be added.
For example, you could ask to view the live feed of a specific camera to monitor one area outside of the house. Some cameras come with active deterrents that can be controlled by Amazon’s Alexa or Google Assistant. You can turn on bright lights and sirens to increase security as required, all with a simple voice command. The lights can be automatic or manual and can be activated with motion or scheduled to come on at different times.
Keeping Your Network Secure
When you have a smart home, it is important to keep your network secure. This will ensure your security camera systems can’t be compromised, and your property is as safe as possible. Consider having antivirus software, and use two-factor authentication if it is available.
Always use strong passwords and change them regularly, while ensuring any home Wi-Fi networks are locked. When your connections are secure, it will make your smart home run more efficiently.
Make the Most of Your Assistants With Home Security
Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa are two popular voice assistants for home use. They can answer your questions, tell you what is on the agenda for the day and give you a yummy recipe for dinner. What is even more important is home safety, and your assistant can improve this with a compatible security camera system.
When you choose a compatible innovation from Lorex, you will have the opportunity to pair it with Google or Alexa. Turn on lights, view specific zones and set an alert all with simple voice activation.