I currently have 44 Philips Hue smart lights in 12 defined rooms with 101 scenes utilizing 5 Alexa Groups and several routines, 7 Wemo smart plugs, Nest Thermostat, 39 SimpliSafe Sensors, 5 Echo’s and 2 Fire TV boxes. Philips Hue, Wemo, Nest and SimpliSafe are Alexa enabled and I use several IFTTT routines.
I’ve been searching for what functionality Alexa Guard has and as far as I can tell it can;
Detect certain sounds
Arm supported Security System (Ring & ADT) by saying “Alexa, I’m Leaving” or similar
Disarm supported Security System (Ring & ADT) by saying “Alexa, I’m Home” or similar
Send a text message(s) when a sound is detected with attachments
In away mode, cycle supported smart lights to make it look like someone is home
It’s a great start and below are my questions and desires.
Are the sounds Alexa Guard can detect preset sounds from Amazon or can Alexa learn new sounds?
Can Alexa Guard be set to away mode by a connected skill event?
Other than by Voice Command or the Alexa app, how else can Guard be set to away mode?
In Away mode Guard can interact with smart lights. If a preset sound if detected can Guard set all lights to Red and blinking for example? (Obviously they would have to be color smart lights)
If a CO2/Smoke detector sound is detected can Guard turn off a connected Nest Thermostat (“Alexa, set Nest to off” command) to prevent spreading the CO2 or giving more oxygen to a fire?
Can sounds be detected and acted upon in home mode to assist the hearing impaired?
Are there IFTTT recipes available that work with Alexa Guard?
Desired Future State:
Each developer shouldn’t have to update their skill to work with Guard. The Settings for Guard should allow me to pick (check box) the Smart Home skills I want to use with Guard. Based on Home or Away mode I should be able to select the sound to be detected and if detected issue the follow normal skill command(s) such as “set All Hue Lights to Red” and “set Nest to off.” Alexa Guard should also poll selected Smart Home skills for their status. Such as if a SimpliSafe is armed in Away mode and Guard is not, it should set itself to Away mode automatically. This is similar to the SimpliSafe and Nest integration; Set your alarm to Away and SimpliSafe tells Nest to set the thermostat to Away mode also. This approach would bring more functionality and integration to Alexa Guard faster. Alexa Guard needs to support Alexa Routines.
Sorry so long, but I’m a power Smart Home user with a lot of smart devices.
pcheb76 = "waiting patiently, but still no Alexa guard for me"
That's all you can do for now = Smile
Yes , but it slowly be rolled out
Alexa Guard goes live, lets your Echo speakers listen for trouble
We're testing out Amazon's new security mode for Alexa-enabled smart speakers. Here's what you need to know.
by Ry Crist
December 18, 2018 10:19 AM PST
How To See If You Have Access To Alexa Guard
Alexa Guard is not compatible with early-generation Alexa devices, like the first-generation Echo or second-generation Dot.
To see if you have access to request an invitation for the feature, open the Alexa app and go to Settings. If there’s a “Guard” menu item there (in my copy of the Alexa app it’s at the very bottom of the list), you can tap it and follow the prompts to request an invitation. Once you’re approved you can go back into the app under Settings > Guard to see which of your Alexa devices support Alexa Guard. Amazon has announced that following this limited release, the feature will be made available to all US Alexa device owners.
Note to readers outside the US: It appears that as of this writing, the new feature is initially slated for rollout in the US only. As per usual, it will likely come to other regions after the trial rollout in the US is complete.
I would like to leave it in "Away" mode at all times, EXCEPT... I dislike the spinning white status light on my 3 devices and cannot disable it. So, guard is now disabled/"Home" mode until the option to shut the status light off is created. Amazon, what do you think?
On my wish list, I'm sure it's coming soon, turn on and off Guard as part of my "leaves Home" and "arrives Home" routines.
On my wish list as well -- and I already left feedback via the Alexa app.
I did sort of solve this. I have multiple Alexa devices. As part of my "leaves home" routine, I have them all announce, "Alexa, I'm leaving." And as part of my "arrives home" routine, they all announce, "Alexa, I'm home." So far, at least one device has been triggered to turn Guard on or off (as the case may be). Hokey, and I hope this gets changed soon.