Voice-activated smart home systems have become one of the most popular home automation choices today, thanks to the brand recognition of Alexa and her contemporaries.

Using your words to control your home automation and security functions is convenient and intuitive but, with a proliferation of hacking reports filling your newsfeed, you may wonder if it’s a good idea – or if it’s even safe.

With the right automation system design and strong security protocols in place, you can enjoy the ease of controlling your smart devices using the voice-assisted platform of your choice.

How Do Smart Home Systems Work with Voice Activation?

Even if you have never personally experimented with Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri or Google’s eponymous VA interface, you’ve likely seen TV commercials or videos that demonstrate their operation.

Depending on the interface you choose, you have a “wake word,” which is a specific word or phrase that activates the interface.

“Hey, Siri…”
“Okay, Google…”
“Alexa…”

In many cases – Alexa, for example – you can set your wake word to be whatever you’d like it to be. Star Trek fans favor “Computer…” However, you must take care to not designate a wake word that you use regularly in conversation. Otherwise you might find your smart home system doing some unexpected things.

Once you use your wake word, you simply follow it with the command of your choice:

“Okay, Google, set the thermostat to 73.”

Voice Controller Options for Smart Home Systems

For the DIY home automation contingent, the three voice controllers we discussed above are the most popular choices.

However, when you use a professional A/V and home automation installer, you have these and many more options to choose from – and many, many more opportunities to customize your system in a way that best fits your lifestyle.

DIY smart home systems lack the cohesion and advanced programming options that professionally installed systems offer. If you think you can do a lot with voice activation now, wait until you see what you can do with a truly integrated system using the latest in controls and automation technology.

Should You Add Voice Activation to Your Home Automation System?

If you’ve hesitated to consider voice activation for your home automation system due to security concerns, you have another good reason to seek out a home automation professional.

When you set up a DIY system using Alexa or another VA assistant, you probably don’t have the advanced security and programming knowledge to protect yourself and your home.

When you choose a professional to design, install and program your system, you won’t have any of those concerns. At AVI Systems, we use state-of-the-art equipment and cutting-edge security protocols, to make your home as secure as it is intelligent and intuitive.

We are based in Draper but we install home automation and security for residential and commercial clients throughout northern Utah. We also design and install audio/video systems, networking, central vacuum and home theatre systems.

Contact us today to learn more about you can add voice-activated smart home technology to your home automation and security system.