Control & Automation

Okay Google: Ask to Arm the Security System customers can how use voice control with their Google Home to arm and disarm their security systems, unlock doors, change the temperature, turn the lights on and off, and more.

Okay Google: Ask to Arm the Security System

Steve Karantzoulidis · May 24, 2017

Homeowners with homes now have the ability to use voice commands with their Google Home to control their smart security systems.

Users will be able to arm and disarm their security systems by speaking to the Google Home device. Other abilities include unlocking doors, checking the status of devices, changing the temperature and controlling whole groups of devices such as lights. See the commands below.

Since the beginning of 2017, the Google Home has been lacking in the integration department compared to the Amazon Echo. However, Google has announced a slew of new integrations over the past few months and most recently at its 2017 I/O developer festival.

Perhaps these recent integrations will help sway more consumers into purchasing voice assistants.

Related: Lutron Extends Lighting Control to Google Home via Google Assistant

Here are some things customers can now do with Google Home.

Arm the Security System 

Okay Google: ask to arm the security system

Disarm the Security System 

It's just as easy to disarm the system with voice control. But it shouldn't be easy for just anyone to disarm. So enabled an optional four-digit PIN for disarming, giving a voice controlled home an additional layer of security.

Okay Google: ask to disarm the security system with (PIN)

Control Access to the Home

The action makes it easy to secure and unsecure the home's perimeter, with voice control for smart locks and garage doors. As with the security system, users have the option of enabling a PIN for actions that grant entry to the home. 

Okay Google: ask to open the garage with (PIN) 

Okay Google: ask to unlock the front door with (PIN) 

Okay Google: ask to lock the front door

Check the Status of Devices 

Sometimes, users just need to know the status of things around their home.

Okay Google: ask, is the security system armed? 

Okay Google: ask, what's the thermostat temperature? 

Change the Temperature 

Adjust by value. 

Okay Google: ask to turn down thermostat by three degrees

Adjust by comfort level.

Okay Google: ask to turn the temperature down (a comfort level command will adjust the thermostat by two degrees Fahrenheit)

Specify a temperature.

Okay Google: ask to set the temperature to 72

Control Whole Groups of Devices 

Users can interact with their home's smart lights by calling out a single device, group or general device type.

Okay Google: ask to switch on the living room lamp

Okay Google: ask to switch on the office lights

Okay Google: ask to turn off the lights

The same goes for smart locks, with the ability to lock the house down with a single command. 

Okay Google: ask to lock the doors

Next: Why Google's Interest in the Smart Home Actually Presents Significant Opportunity

  About the Author

Steve Karantzoulidis is the web editor for CE Pro sister publication Security Sales & Integration. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Steve at [email protected]

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Control & Automation · Lighting · Security · News · · Google · Google Home · Voice Control · All Topics
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