Scout + Amazon Alexa Update
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We’re excited to announce that Scout’s Alexa Skill has been updated, and is now an Alexa Smart Home Skill. This change improves the coordination between your Scout security system and Alexa devices with simpler commands and Alexa routines; you can also add Scout devices to your Alexa account for further integration.
To enable these changes on your Account, please navigate to the Alexa app, and follow these steps:
- Select the menu icon in the top left
- Click on “Skills & Games”
- Search for Scout Alarm
- If you previously connected Scout and Alexa, select “Disable Skill” and confirm
- Select “Enable to Use”
- Click “Continue”
- Select your Scout location
- Confirm which alarm modes you’d like Alexa to arm/disarm
Discover and Add Devices
Once your Scout Smart Home Skill is linked, you’ll be prompted to discover devices connected to Scout. Follow the instructions provided in the Alexa app to control these devices with voice commands.
Your Scout devices can also be added to your Alexa account using these steps:
- Navigate to the Devices menu in the Alexa app
- Press the + in the top right of the screen
- Select Security System
- Click Scout Alarm
- Follow the instructions provided
Phrasing for commands has become faster and easier. You no longer have to tell Alexa to “ask Scout.” You can simply say:
- Alexa, arm Scout.
- Alexa, disarm Scout.
- Alexa, is Scout armed?
Alexa commands also provide the status of your Scout Door Panels and Access Sensors. For example, you can ask:
- Alexa, is my Patio Door open?
- Alexa, is the Nursery Window closed?
For the status of all other sensors, you can say:
- Alexa, ask Scout if there is motion in the basement.
- Alexa, ask Scout if my Front Door is locked.
Scout’s Sensors can now be used in Alexa Routines. The sensors can trigger a sequence of events, similar to our IFTTT integration. For example:
- When your patio door opens, Alexa can say, “The patio door is open.”
- When motion is detected, Alexa can say, “Who’s there?”
If you have any questions, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.