Control4 Corporation has made its Smart Home Skill for Amazon Alexa, the voice service that powers Amazon Echo and Echo Dot, available in the U.K. When coupled with a subscription to Control4’s remote access software 4Sight, this new skill gives U.K. homeowners the ability to control thousands of devices on the Control4 system through simple voice commands.
Control4 works with more than 10,000 popular connected devices such as lighting, audio, video, security, and thermostats—enabling whole-home control and automation by voice. Through this integration with Amazon Alexa, Control4 customers in the U.K. can now use voice to control individual devices such as lights and thermostats or to activate multi-device scenes that are preset for daily conveniences as well as set the mood, ambiance, or simple expediencies.
Control4 was one of the first home automation platforms to combine smart home scenes with Alexa far-field voice recognition, coordinating connected devices throughout the home. 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 all of the devices connected to the system, and programmed scenes, and their home is ready for voice control. This new Alexa skill is now available through Amazon and requires a Control4 4Sight subscription and an Alexa-enabled device, such as Amazon Echo or Echo Dot, to use it. 4Sight enables homeowners to connect to Control4 cloud-based services, including remote access and control of 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.