Entrepreneur Safety: How to use Echo and Alexa Guard for protection

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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!

Amazon also has a page for FAQs

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.

  1. Open the Alexa app.
  2. Click the 3 lines on the top left and then choose Settings.
  3. Tap the line for Guard.
  4. 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
  5. 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.

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