Vivint Integrates with Amazon Echo for Voice Control of Smart Homes

Vivint Smart Home has begun working with Amazon to connect its Vivint Sky smart home platform with Amazon Echo, enabling Vivint customers to use their voices to control their smart homes.

Vivint customers can talk to Alexa, the cloud-based voice service that powers Amazon Echo, using the Vivint skill and their home will respond with context-aware actions. For example, simply saying "Alexa, tell Vivint I'm going to bed" can turn off the lights, lock the doors, arm the security system, and turn down the thermostat.

"We're excited to work with Vivint to bring Amazon Echo and the magic of far-field voice control to more customers," said Charlie Kindel, director of Amazon Echo and Alexa, in a statement. "People have been dreaming of being able to say things to their house and have it obey for decades. Now that's possible with Echo. Just ask Alexa to turn up the heat, lock the doors, and more."

Customers can connect Amazon Echo to their Vivint smart homes in three steps using the Amazon Alexa app. From inside the home, users can now control their smart homes using their voices with Amazon Echo or use the Vivint SkyControl panel or Vivint mobile app.

Using Amazon Echo and the Vivint skill, consumers can control door locks, security systems, thermostats, lighting, and garage doors.

"We believe voice control is the future of the smart home, and Vivint is pleased to integrate with the best far-field voice solution on the market," said Matt Eyring, chief strategy and innovation officer at Vivint, in a statement. "We look forward to working closely with Amazon to further advance Echo's capabilities and bring true intelligence to the smart home."

Vivint also integrated its systems with the Nest Learning Thermostat, enabling users to connect a Nest Thermostat to their smart home and control it from their Vivint mobile app or the Vivint SkyControl panel inside their homes.

"Working with Nest aligns with our mission to provide the most innovative smart home experience by giving customers access to best-in-class products," said Jeremy Warren, chief technology officer at Vivint, in a statement. "We deliver a seamlessly integrated smart home, where the homeowner's thermostat, door locks, video cameras, and security system all work together to make everyday life easier. We're excited now to include Nest in this lineup."

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