Using your voice to control your automation system is a relatively new concept, but imagine being able to tell your system what you want it to do. When you walk in the door, tell your home you have arrived, and have your lights automatically turn on, your blinds lift, and even your music can turn on – all hands free. Voice systems require a “wake-up” word or phrase to get the system’s attention. Then from there it’s all up to the system’s software and programming to find the right action for the command you have just given it.
Using a voice activated system that is integrated with your automation system can allow you to control multiple systems in your home including lighting, thermostats, access control and security systems, operate music and home theatre systems, or any other connected device for the ultimate convenience.
You can have the ability to issue voice commands to lock your front door or change the channel on your TV. You speak to your system via a strategically placed microphone in each room or using your phone system or mobile device. You can ask things like, “What is the weather today?” or find out your favourite sports score etc. Amazon’s ‘Alexa’ and Google’s ‘Google Home’ voice control systems have been proven to be the best in the market at the beginning of 2018. It will be interesting to see where the technology heads to from here.
Amazon Alexa, accompanied with a Crestron control system, seamlessly connects your Alexa Voice Service with Crestron enabling you to manage light, temperature, audio and visual throughout your home, all through the sound of your voice.
Voice control using Crestron’s customised integration with the Amazon Alexa allows you to command:
- Shades / Blinds
- Speakers and TV’s
An example command – “Alexa, tell Crestron to lower the blinds in the Living Room”.
If voice control sounds like the solution for your home, get in touch with us to talk about options and possibilities.