Amazon brings Alexa to home security systems via Security Panel Controller API

The API will let providers of home security systems offer voice controls on their devices via Alexa.
Written by Natalie Gagliordi, Contributor

Amazon on Thursday introduced a new API that will let providers of home security systems offer voice controls on their devices via Alexa. With the Security Panel Controller API implemented on a security system, users can arm, disarm, and query their systems by asking Alexa.

Security system providers such as ADT, Ring, Honeywell Home, abode, and Scout Alarm are already using the API in their offerings, Amazon said.

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More broadly, the API fits into Amazon's push into the home security market, as well as its Alexa Everywhere mantra.

Earlier this year Amazon dropped over $1 billion to buy Ring, a company best known for its video doorbell. That deal followed Amazon's purchase of another home security company, Blink, and the introduction of its first home security camera, Amazon Cloud Cam.

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Meanwhile, Amazon's Alexa strategy to ensure the smart assistant has a physical presence everywhere by bringing both hardware and software developers into the fold. Together, the efforts aim to expand the reach of Amazon's smart speaker and home automation lineup.

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