'Alexa Guard' Security Feature Rolls Out to Amazon Echo Devices in the US

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Amazon announced this morning that Alexa Guard is now rolling out to all Echo device owners in the U.S.


The free feature update, which has been trialed by a select few over the last few months, turns Echo speakers into security devices when no-one's home by allowing them to listen for key sounds indicating danger or intrusion.

Users need to say "Alexa, I'm leaving" to set Alexa Guard to Away mode, after which the device will listen for sounds like breaking glass and the sound of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.

According to TechCrunch, Amazon has worked with licensed contractors to break hundreds of different glass windows with different instruments in order to create a wide range of different sounds for Alexa to listen for.

Upon detecting an ominous sound, Alexa sends the owner Smart Alerts via phone notifications. Users can also play the detected sound from the Alexa mobile app or Drop In on their Echo device remotely to find out what's happening.

Alexa can arm a Ring or ADT security system, with the user able to choose to forward Smart Alerts they receive to Ring or ADT. Users with Away Lighting can also use the alert to turn on lights so as to make it look like they're actually home.

For more details about Alexa Guard, check out Amazon's FAQ.

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knemonic

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How bout a service in IFTTT that allows me to arm the echos when Life360 detects the last person to leave a location? Then I don’t ever have to say I’m leaving
 

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Now this I like, I think this would be a really useful feature that you can take a smart speaker and essentially have it trained for listening for different audibles that would cause an alarm, and it’s compatible to operate with ring and ADT security, which are both major consumer products.
 
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Relentless Power

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Brilliant innovation....The progress of Alexa functionality just embarrasses HomePod to the 'Nth' degree.......can't innovate, my ass,.
I’d say the HomePod and Alexa Are two different comparisons here that are not mutually exclusive. The HomePod is really focused on being music oriented first with the sound, not necessarily by providing this type of functionality (Even though this would be a useful expansion in the future), as Alexa is as being more of a ‘smart speaker’ first, music player second.
 

McG2k1

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Now Amazon can help you make your home little more secure now and then by making it a lot less secure all the time.
 

picaman

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I guess they are doing a slow rollout. Updated the Alexa app, went to Settings -> Guard, and was asked to sign up to be notified when it is available. Whatever.

Update: it now works.
 
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PastaPrimav

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Please add this to the HomePod Apple!
This is way too useful to be added to HomePod.
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Sounds a bit hokey like a lot of features on these products
What a throwaway comment. Did you even read how it works at all? This one feature all by itself is like a pseudo alarm system for people who don't have one. All of the fancy extras that are part of a real security system boil down to a handful of really effective ones: Glass breaking being number one. Smoke alarm detection being number two.
Door and window sensors are useful, but ultimately anyone breaking in is not going to open a locked door or window...they will break. And lot of good a window sensor does you if they break in. The glass break sensor is the crux of it.

This simple Alexa feature detects glass breaking, and notifies you. Allowing you to play the recorded sound, and listen live. This alone gets you about 90% of the way to a self-monitored alarm system.
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I’d say the HomePod and Alexa Are two different comparisons here that are not mutually exclusive. The HomePod is really focused on being music oriented first with the sound, not necessarily by providing this type of functionality (Even though this would be a useful expansion in the future), as Alexa is as being more of a ‘smart speaker’ first, music player second.
What you're saying is true. The problem is: most people are not going to buy multiple similar products to get all of the features available.

I have several Alexa enabled devices now, and since some of them happen to be brand new Sonos speakers....I'm not missing out on anything Apple has to offer with HomePod in terms of "music-first".