Control4 integrates with Amazon Alexa for smart home automation with a single command

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The new Control4 Smart Home Skill has been integrated with Amazon’s voice-enabled service, Alexa, which provides the convenience of whole-home automation via simple and intuitive voice commands triggering smart home scenes and control individual devices.

Control4 synchronises with all the connected devices in a smart home to pre-set scenes to set the mood, create ambiance, and provide convenience. For instance, a single voice command allows the Control4 skill for Alexa create a “Cooking” scene where lights are automatically raised in the kitchen, or turning on the television to a food channel.

A verbal “Alexa, turn off house” command shuts down the house by turning off all of the lights, lowering the thermostat, locking the doors, and arming the security system.

Control4 is said to be the first home automation companies to combine smart home scenes with the convenience of the Alexa far-field voice recognition, synching connected devices all through the home, supporting nearly 10,000 types of popular lighting, audio, video, security, and comfort products.

The Control4 Smart Home Skill works across the entire product range of Alexa such as Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Tap, and Amazon Fire TV.

Martin Plaehn, CEO at Control4, said: “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. 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.”

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