Amazon Alexa Skill for Control4 makes UK debut, the future of home automation begins here

posted on Tuesday, 7th February 2017 by Steve May

Home automation  Smart home  Control4  Amazon Echo 


The Control4 Smart Home Skill for Amazon Alexa has been released in the UK. When coupled with a subscription to Control4’s remote access software 4Sight, UK Alexa owners have the ability to interact with Control4 system devices using intuitive voice commands. Alexa can voice control individual devices, including smart thermostats and lighting, as well as activate multi-device scenes which have been pre-set for convenience and mood.

A simple “Alexa, turn off flat” command can be used to shut down the home, turning off lighting, lowering the thermostat to night mode, and locking the doors. For many homeowners, this is exactly what a Smart Home system should be able to do.

Control4 currently works with more than 10,000 connected devices, including lighting, audio, video, security, and thermostats.  4Sight enables homeowners to connect to Control4 cloud-based services, including remote access and control of their home on an iOS or Android mobile device.

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Control4 was one of the first home automation platforms to combine smart home scenes with the convenience of the Alexa far-field voice recognition, with a US release of the Skill.

Connecting an Alexa-enabled device within a Control4 home appears straightforward. A homeowner simply enables the Control4 Smart Home Skill inside the Alexa app, connects with Control4, discovers all of the devices connected to the system, and programmed scenes, and their home is ready for voice control.

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This new Alexa skill is available through Amazon now, and requires a Control4 4Sight subscription (£79 yearly) and an Alexa-enabled device, such as Amazon Echo or Echo Dot.The future of home automation begins here?

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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