All smart Echo speakers include a feature called Alexa Guard as standard, which can alert you to the sound of broken glass or smoke detectors. But the free Alexa Guard feels pretty small now that Amazon rolls out Alexa Guard Plus, a premium security service that gives you intrusion alerts, hands-free access to emergency services, and barking sounds to deter burglars.
Alexa Guard Plus comes with Ring Protect Plus at no additional cost, although you can subscribe to Guard Plus for as little as $ 5 per month (or $ 49 per year) if you don̵
Guard Plus also expands on Alexa’s standard emergency alerts and intruder deterrents. Subscribers can ask Alexa to listen for suspicious sounds, or send a notification if activity is detected by smart security cameras (which are optional, of course). More interestingly, Alexa can bark like a dog when it detects suspicious activity, or sound like a siren when an intrepid intruder sneaks into your home.
For the low price of $ 5 a month (or $ 45 a year), Alexa Guard Plus is a cheap and dirty solution for a typical home security service. Obviously, it is difficult to get the most out of Guard Plus without installing Echo speakers and compatible smart cameras in your home. If you are new to smart home products or are really concerned about break-ins, you should probably opt for a traditional home security service (you can always use Guard Plus as a supplement to another security service).
If you’re already paying for Ring Security Plus ($ 10 a month), you can open your Alexa app and set up Guard Plus today. Amazon says it will eventually offer Guard Plus for free with other smart security plans from Abode, Scout Alarm, Resideo, A3 Smart Home and Wyze.
Source: Amazon via Engadget