Announced in September, Amazon has a neat, new feature for Alexa’s listening capability. Putting Alexa into “Guard” mode when away, the Echo speaker devices can listen for noises that might indicate a security breach or a home warning scenario. For example, Alexa can listen for breaking glass or a smoke detector going off. And, when Alexa detects these occurrences, she can alert you through the Alexa mobile app on your smartphone and also notify your home security provider if you use one. Currently, Alexa supports Ring and ADT.
Additionally, when in Guard mode, Alexa can turn lights on and off randomly if they are connected to the Echo smart home hub.
The feature is rolling out now, but only certain customers will get it. Amazon seems to have learned from the past when new features were announced and customers became annoyed because they didn’t get them right away. Like any provider, Amazon has to roll these out in a uniform and logical way to avoid congestion.
If you don’t have the feature right away (you can check by going into Settings – Guard), you can still tell Amazon to notify you when available.
To do it…
Go into Settings – Guard and ask to be notified when the feature is available for you.