The Alarm.com smart home service received support for the Google Home connected speaker, allowing users to manage Internet of Things (IoT) devices around their households with voice commands. The functionality is powered by the Google Assistant and was added to the IoT management platform through a server-side switch earlier this week. The creators of the popular home control solution developed support for the Google Home as a third-party action for the Google Assistant and have said that their new software provides consumers with the ability to issue voice commands to their security systems, thermostats, lights, and other platforms that are already a part of the Alarm.com ecosystem. The functionality seemingly doesn’t extend to the smartphone version of the Google Assistant though it may support handsets in the future.
Users of the Alarm.com solution who already own the Google Home speaker can take advantage of their newly introduced interoperability by saying “ok Google, talk to Alarm.com” to Google’s Internet-enabled device. Following that command, users should launch the Google Home app and will be presented with an Alarm.com login screen where they will have to log into the service and sync their account with the IoT speaker. The entire procedure shouldn’t take more than a minute and users will also be prompted to create a PIN before they’re able to use Alarm.com’s Google Home support. Apart from checking the status of your devices, you’ll be able to engage and disengage your Alarm.com-managed security systems by saying related commands to the Google Home, in addition to using the speaker to control your thermostats and smart lights. The feature doesn’t expand Alarm.com’s existing ecosystem, but it does make it more flexible by providing users with an alternative way of controlling their IoT devices.
Those who prefer a more traditional control method can download the Alarm.com Android app from the Google Play Store free of charge by following the link beneath this writing. While the app isn’t available worldwide, it’s compatible with most currently supported versions of Google’s omnipresent operating system, so you should be able to install it on your device as long as you’re located in North America.