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Amazon is turning the Echo into a security system

Sep 22, 2018 - ICT Monitor Worldwide

Amazon is adding a few new features to the Echo that turn it into one of the basic pieces of a smart security system. Since Echo speakers are always listening, theyll be able to start listening for the sound of broken glass, or for a smoke or carbon monoxide alarm to go off. If it hears those sounds while youre out of the house, itll be able to send a notification to your phone; or, if you have a supported professional monitoring system, send it directly to the service monitoring your home.

The feature set is being called Alexa Guard. It wont be working at all times instead, youll have to enable it when you leave the house, by telling Alexa that youre leaving. Once you do, itll start monitoring and be ready to send you alert...