Joining a number of other control companies that have confirmed the addition of Alexa smart home skills, including Crestron, Control4, and iDevices, URC has now confirmed its own Amazon Alexa smart home skill for URC Total Control.
Currently available in the U.S. market, the integration enables a range of control possibilities with Alexa-enabled devices, including the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Amazon Fire TV.
The URC skill is designed to fully integrate Alexa-enabled devices with Total Control, allowing homeowners to use basic voice commands to execute programmed macros.
Homeowners can do things like select TV programs, activate music systems, raise and lower shades, adjust thermostats, and even turn on or off their whole home with simple, intuitive commands. Virtually any Total Control macro can be controlled via Verbal Button Press with the URC Amazon Alexa integration.
This integration works by using Alexa Smart Home Skills. The URC Alexa Integration Guide, available on the URC Control Room dealer Website, explains how to incorporate Amazon Alexa home automation and control into a Total Control installation.
Alexa integration must be completed by a certified URC Total Control systems integrator. Knowledge of Accelerator Programming is required.
While Alexa-enabled devices are not yet officially available in Canada, many speculate that they could arrive some time this year.