Echo + Alexa Guard = Entrepreneur Protection ?
Alexa Guard is finally here! In my first post on Amazon’s Echo Dot (3rd gen), I talked about some cool tips the Echo can help us with. It can tell us the temperature as we are running to a meeting or help us set a reminder so we don’t forget to make an important call. And . . . many things in between.
I talked about fun ways to use the Echo with music and serious efficiency tools. Today let’s talk about a new feature that recently came out from Amazon: Alexa Guard.
What is the Alexa Guard?
This is a free update — an “Alexa skill” — that lets Echo listen for signs of danger. Specifically sounds of:
- smoke alarm going off
- carbon monoxide alarm going off
- breaking glass
This will work with the Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Spot (in case you don’t know, this is a smart alarm clock with a camera), and Echo Show!
What can Alexa Guard do?
- If it senses danger, it can send a Smart Alert to your phone — a 10 second audio recording of the incident.
- Or, you can see a live feed on the Echo Spot or Echo Show.
- If you choose, Alexa Guard can switch the lights on and off to make it seem like you are at home when you are away.
Note: it is not intended to replace an alarm system and it will not alert authorities. (It does work with Ring security systems — see below for the basics. In addition, if you have professional monitoring through Ring or ADT, it can also send a notification to those monitoring services).
How to get the skill?
In my first post on the Echo, I described that we need the Echo and the app set up on our smart phone. Let’s now move forward.
- Open the Alexa app.
- Click the 3 lines on the top left and then choose Settings.
- Tap the line for Guard.
- Click “Set up Guard” and follow the setup instructions. The wizard allows you to choose if you want Alexa
- to listen for smoke & carbon monoxide alarm sounds
- to listen for breaking glass
- Continue the setup instructions.
- If you have Ring, you can choose to have Ring armed and disarmed via Alexa Guard.
- You can choose to have Alexa turn the connected smart lights on and off. The wizard states: “Alexa uses machine learning to determine the right lighting activity…”
Get started: Key Phrases
- “Alexa, I’m leaving”. This activates Guard – now in Away mode. Note:
- Echo speakers: a white ring light will show
- Echo Spot and Echo Show: a shield will appear on the home screen.
- In the App: Guard will have a word next to it: “Home” or “Away”
- “Alexa, I’m home”. This turns off Guard – now in Home mode.