CES 2016 bombarded us with connected smart home devices like cameras, doorbells with video cameras, automated garage door openers and every other smart device you could think of. As great as these products are, taking them time to do research on every single item, and having a professional come out to install each item can be time consuming and intimidating.
Smart homes are still not commonplace, because they require an entire well-thought out plan to make them “smart”. You can have smart locks, thermostats, and cameras, but without each component your house is still relatively “dumb”.
Vivint was founded by Todd Pederson in 1992, and has now grown into an industry leader with 7,000 employees and one million customers. They provide a whole home security with smart solutions for the home. Starting at just $60 a month, Vivint will professionally install its home security and control system in your home, which will include include a 7” touchscreen Vivint Sky panel and seven points of customizable security equipment.
When you sign up with up with Vivint you can chose from a number of products — smart thermostat, smart door locks, smart garage door, sensors, indoor and outdoor cameras, Doorbell Camera and are all professionally installed.
The Vivint whole home solution is already integrated with iOS and Android, which means you can check on or control your home from your smartphone or tablet. At CES 2016 Vivint brought us even more integration with the Nest Thermostat and the super popular voice controlled Amazon Echo smart speaker. The ability to control your entire home with voice commands flew under the radar at CES hidden behind the announcements of 8k televisions and self driving cars. The Amazon Echo was one of “Oprah’s Favorite Things” for 2015 and has over 30k reviews on Amazon.com.
Vivint customers can talk to Alexa, the cloud-based voice service that powers Amazon Echo, using the Vivint skill and their home will respond with context-aware actions. For example, simply saying “Alexa, tell Vivint I’m going to bed” can turn off the lights, lock the doors, arm the security system and turn down the thermostat.
Using Amazon Echo, customers can control the following smart home experiences using the Vivint skill:
- Smart door locks – Through Alexa, customers can find out whether doors are locked and can ask Alexa to lock them.
- Smart security – Customers can ask Alexa whether the security system is enabled and arm the system to “stay” or “away” mode.
- Smart thermostat – Vivint customers can ask Alexa to adjust the temperature through set point changes or by turning the fan on or off.
- Lighting control – Customers can ask Alexa to dim lights or to turn them on or off.
- Garage door – Customers can ask Alexa whether the garage door is open and ask that it be closed.
While this integration with the Amazon Echo may not be as exciting as a self driving car, it is arguably much more useful and powerful considering you spend most of your time at home. There are many people who do not turn on their home alarms, or close their garage doors because “nothing is going to happen”. Being complacent is not an option if you have a family and Vivint aims to make it as easy as possible to make sure everything is set in place by the time you go to sleep.
While Vivint could have stopped with the Amazon Echo integration, they continued to push innovation with the smart home. Vivint also announced the integration with the Nest Learning Thermostat allowing customers to control their thermostat from their mobile apps or through Vivint’s SkyControl panel.
“Working with Nest aligns with our mission to provide the most innovative smart home experience by giving customers access to best-in-class products,” said Jeremy Warren, chief technology officer at Vivint. “We deliver a seamlessly integrated smart home, where the homeowner’s thermostat, door locks, video cameras and security system all work together to make everyday life easier. We’re excited now to include Nest in this lineup.”
While there were dozens of companies with individual smart home components at CES 2016, Vivint was already far ahead of the competition with a whole home solution. All they did at CES was put themselves even further ahead by integrating its solutions with the Amazon Echo and Nest Learning Thermostat. Like I said before, it may not be glamorous but having a smart home is affordable and much easier if you go with an entire solution all at the same time.
Learn more at Vivint.com.