Voice Command is ‘One of the Great Technological Breakthroughs’
Nexia, a division of monster company Ingersoll Rand and supplier of smart home products and solutions, announced this week that Nexia-certified products will now be able to be controlled with simple voice commands through Amazon’s Echo. Clearly joining the new wave of companies who believe voice-command is the “next big thing” in home automation, Nexia is moving quickly to embrace voice control.
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What do Amazon, Google, and Apple all have in common? They are all rapidly developing and deploying voice control devices for consumers to integrate into their home systems. The appeal? Simplify the control process, which despite the efforts of many in our industry over the last few years remains mystifying to many users. Now, companies are rushing to take advantage of the rapidly evolving technology – companies like Nexia, for example.
Nexia says that it is starting with voice control integration immediately on lighting, thermostats and plug-in wall modules. But, they tell users, this is only the beginning as the company says they are rapidly working on offering more features and capabilities via voice control.
Users Immediately Saw the Benefit
“Echo is one of the great technological breakthroughs of the past several years and our users immediately saw its potential as a convenient way to help manage their homes,” said Geroge Land, general manager of Nexia. “Controlling your home with simple, secure and reliable voice commands makes Nexia an even more seamless and indispensable part of daily life.”
This newly added voice control capability in Nexia’s system has been incorporated at no cost to users. This capability works with all Amazon Alexa-powered devices – including Echo, the new Echo Dot and Amazon Tap.
It’s Only Going to Get Better
“As Amazon enhances Echo support for additional smart home features, Nexia will continue to refine and enhance its voice control offering to deliver the best user experience possible,” Land said.
So just what, exactly, can Nexia users do with an Amazon Echo in their system? They can: Turn lights on or off simply by saying, for example, “Alexa, turn on the front porch light.” Or they can adjust the thermostat by saying, “Alexa, lower the temperature two degrees.” Users can even set custom lighting settings such as, “Alexa, set the dining room light to 50 percent.” Or even, simply, “Alexa, turn on the coffee pot.”
Amazon Calls Nexia ‘One of the Most Established Smart Home Providers’
“We’re thrilled to work with Nexia to bring Alexa to a new ecosystem of smart home products, continuing our mission to provide a hand-free, convenient voice experience to our shared customers,” said Charlie Kindel, director of Alexa Smart Home. “As one of the most established smart home providers, Nexia’s product lineup – including powerful Trane and American Standard thermostats – expands the range o0f devices customers can control all by just using their voice.”
Current subscribers can activate Nexia on Echo by enabling the Nexia skill in the Skills menu on the Alexa app.
See more about Nexia at: www.nexiahome.com.