The smart home revolution doesn't seem to be coming as quickly as some had hoped, but whenever it does break out, Amazon intends to be on the ground floor. To that end, the latest addition to Alexa's growing list of voice control connections is Control4, a semi-proprietary collection of home automation tools. The company announced a new Alexa skill that works with the Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Tap, and any other device that can connect to the voice service.
Unlike more modular implementations, Control4's system of lighting, audio, home theater, security, and climate control systems are meant to be installed as a complete package by professional contractors. It's also compatible with standard connected home hardware from a selection of manufacturers. The company already makes apps for Android and iOS, but adding compatibility for Alexa will help complete the illusion that you're boarding the Enterprise when you walk through your front door.
If you happen to use both Control4 and Alexa, just open the Alexa app on Android and enable the Control4 Smart Home Skill to get started. Voice commands can be tied to Control4's "scenes" - for example, lowering the lights and switching the TV input to the Blu-Ray player to get ready for a little home theater. If for some reason you want to use voice commands outside of your home, a $99-a-year 4Sight subscription is required.
DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Control4 Corporation (NASDAQ: CTRL), a leading global provider of smart home solutions, today announces integration with Amazon Alexa, the popular voice service that powers Amazon Echo and other Alexa-enabled devices, including Echo Dot, Amazon Tap, and Amazon Fire TV. The new Control4® Smart Home Skill provides homeowners with the convenience of whole-home automation through simple and intuitive voice commands that can activate smart home scenes and control individual devices.
“Controlling smart home devices using voice is one of the most popular features of Alexa, which is why we’re especially pleased to be working with Control4”
Smart Home Scenes Initiate Personalized Experiences
Control4 personalizes a smart home by coordinating connected devices throughout the house into pre-set scenes to set the mood, create ambiance, and provide convenience. For example, using the Control4 skill for Alexa, a “Cooking” scene can raise the lights in the kitchen, lower the shades, and turn on the TV to a preset food channel – all with a single voice command. Additionally, a verbal “Alexa, turn off house” command can shut down the house by turning off all of the lights, lowering the thermostat, locking the doors, and arming the security system.
“Controlling smart home devices using voice is one of the most popular features of Alexa, which is why we’re especially pleased to be working with Control4,” said Charlie Kindel, Director, Amazon Alexa Smart Home. “The vast breadth of devices Control4 supports, brings new capability and an enhanced user experience to the Alexa-enabled household.”
Whole-Home Automation Meets Voice Control
Control4 is one of the first home automation companies to combine smart home scenes with the convenience of the Alexa far-field voice recognition, coordinating connected devices throughout the home. With support for nearly 10,000 popular lighting, audio, video, security, and comfort products, Control4 provides automation to the entire home. Providing homeowners with the flexibility and level of control they desire, devices can also be controlled individually with simple commands to turn a single light on or off, dim lights to create the right mood, or even adjust the temperature from bed.
"On average, our customers have over 40 connected devices in their homes that are orchestrated by Control4 and now, voice interaction with Amazon Alexa offers another convenient way to control all of them,” said Martin Plaehn, Control4 CEO. “This integration combines Control4’s automation power and extensive support for connected devices with the intuitive voice control from Amazon Alexa, reinforcing our shared vision to make life in a connected home ever-more personalized, comfortable, and hassle-free.”
Control4 is the only home automation company that makes it easy for every member of the family to intuitively control everything in the entire home either by remote control, touch screen, mobile device, keypad, and now, voice.
Getting Started is Easy for Control4 Homeowners
Connecting an Alexa-enabled device within a Control4 home is simple and straightforward. A homeowner simply enables the Control4 Smart Home Skill inside the Alexa app, connects with Control4, discovers devices and scenes, and their home is ready for voice control.
The Control4 Smart Home Skill is available now for the entire Alexa family: Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Tap, and Amazon Fire TV.
This new Alexa skill is included with a Control4 4Sight subscription ($99 US yearly), and requires an Alexa-enabled device to use it. 4Sight enables homeowners to connect to Control4 cloud-based services, including remotely accessing and controlling their home on an iOS or Android mobile device from anywhere, receiving alerts from their smart home, and using the new Control4 Smart Home Skill for Amazon Alexa devices.