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Home automation made easier through ADT Pulse

Posted: March 26, 2018

Your kids may never know the days when pushing physical buttons was required to play your favorite movie, make a phone call, or arm your home security system. We are well on our way to a voice-controlled world and, now, your security system is part of the movement. Ditch the buttons and use your voice to take command of your security system.

Alexa, meet Pulse

Alexa, meet Pulse

Well, hello Alexa! The lines between home security and home automation are becoming blurred. The internet of things is making it easier than ever to integrate all of your devices as we make our way closer to the ultimate smart home. Now, you can use Amazon’s voice assistant to interact with your home security system.

You will need to have an Alexa voice assistant and a home security system that works with ADT Pulse. To connect the two, you need to set up the ADT Pulse skill. (For help with this, see ADT’s instructional video.) Once you have accomplished that, you only need your voice to perform simple tasks with ADT Pulse.

How does ADT home automation work with Alexa? So glad you asked. Once you have set up your voice-activated home assistant, you can perform the following functions:

  • Arm and disarm your security system: Using voice commands, you can instruct Alexa to arm or disarm your security system.
  • Lock and unlock doors: Simply tell your voice assistant to lock or unlock your doors and you need not even get off the couch.
  • Check the status of your connected devices: Your voice-activated home assistant can tell you if doors are locked, your status is set to away, or your batteries are low.
  • Change your security mode: With a simple voice command, you can control your ADT home automation modes and set your security system to vacation or away mode.
  • Perform camera functions: Your voice assistant will record short clips when instructed with the appropriate voice command.

Using your voice-activated home assistant makes simple work of your home security.

Starting the conversation with your personal ADT voice assistant

Starting the conversation with your personal ADT voice assistant

Now, you’re ready to start the conversation.You might be asking yourself, “what keeps the kids or a guest from causing chaos with your home security system? Not just anyone can use voice prompts to control your security system. Alexa will only recognize commands that are given with a verbal PIN. Without the verbal pin, no tasks will be performed by your voice assistant. As an extra layer of security, Alexa will also automatically disengage ADT Pulse security features if the wrong pin is stated three consecutive times.

Once your ADT Skill is set up, all you need to do is learn how to have a conversation with your voice assistant. Alexa will only recognize voice commands that are worded in a particular way. This is how you structure your voice prompts:

  1. Address Alexa by name. Say, “Alexa.”
  2. The second phrase needs to be the words, “Ask ADT.”
  3. To perform a function for a particular device, use the name that you have associated with that device with your ADT Pulse access. For example, if your front door is called “main entrance” in ADT Pulse, you must use those words to perform tasks with your voice assistant.
  4. Use the four-digit PIN you have assigned to your voice-activated home assistant. You can use the words “with PIN 1234,” or simply “with 1234.”

It is important that you formulate your sentences with this structure so that your voice assistant can recognize and perform the functions your have requested. Here are some examples of how you can use your voice assistant to access ADT Pulse features:

  • “Alexa, ask ADT to arm my system with PIN 1234.”
  • “Alexa, ask ADT to set my mode to away with 1234.”
  • “Alexa, ask ADT to take a video clip from the front door camera with 1234.”
  • “Alexa, ask ADT if my front door camera batteries are low.”
  • “Alexa, ask ADT to check my security system status.”

Simplicity is within your reach. Take one more step toward a smart home with Alexa and ADT Pulse.