Amazon Expands into Home Security

. November 2, 2018.
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Recently, new features have been added to The Echo and Echo Dot devices, a new ‘skill’ called “Away Mode” that does an improved job of home security. Remember, Amazon is also trying to help you keep thieves from swiping deliveries by securing your front door, so it’s not a surprise to see this expansion in Amazon’s home security offerings.

This new skill was created by Hippo Insurance, a San Francisco-based home insurance company. Users of the skill can utilize seven different scenarios to simulate activity in the house. Titles of these scenarios include “Emergency PTA Meeting To Discuss Memes, Fidget Spinners, and Other Teen Fads” and “Two Average Guys Brainstorm What’s Unique About Themselves So They Can Start a Podcast About It.” Burglars can try to research this skill to know what sound themes to listen for, but I doubt they have that much time to sift through them all as each one is about an hour long.

Many Echo devices have security features for controlling lights, locks, outlets, and others household items compatible with GE, Kwikset and Phillips. These assistance devices provide useful information, help people stay connected and can even serve security/companionship functions.

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