Home security company Blink announces Alexa and IFTTT integration

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Wire-free, home security and HD video monitoring solution Blink now offers integration with Amazon Alexa and  IFTTT (If This Then That) in the UK.

Blink customers will now have the ability to control their home security system with voice alone via Amazon Alexa enabled devices as well as connect their Blink systems to other smart home devices through IFTTT.

Blink is a battery-powered home security and HD video monitoring system for people who worry about the security of their property while away. When motion is detected, Blink sends video alerts directly to customer’s smartphones allowing them to react in real time, if needed.

IFTTT is a free web based service that allows you to automate interactions between smart devices and services. With the Blink IFTTT service for the UK enabled, Blink customers can control and interact with other IFTTT compatible smart home devices.

For example, when motion is detected in the home Blink and IFTTT UK customers can turn their smart lights on or off, activate smart plugs or even send text message to their smartphones.

In addition, all Blink UK customers who own an Amazon Alexa enabled device can now control their Blink system without lifting a finger, using only voice (Alexa users just search for Blink in the Alexa skill marketplace).

Once the Blink skill is enabled through the Amazon Alexa app on your smartphone, you simply “Ask Blink” to start your command using any Amazon-Alexa-enabled device. Examples include: “Alexa, ask Blink to arm my home system”and “Alexa, ask Blink what is my status?”

Says Blink CEO Peter Besen:

“Based on the rapid adoption of Blink in the UK and throughout Europe, our mission to make video home security available to everyone is becoming a reality. Opening our IFTTT and Amazon Alexa capabilities for our customers in the market based on numerous customer requests will only accelerate the revolution.”

When Blink detects motion, it immediately sends a push notification alert and HD quality video to the user’s smartphone so they can instantly see who is at the door or wandering around their home.

The system is entirely accessible via the Blink App, giving users the flexibility to arm/disarm, live stream video, and check status remotely, anytime and from anywhere.

You can read Tech Digest’s review of the Blink home security system here.

UK Pricing

One camera system* £129.99

Two camera system* £199.99

Three camera system* £269.99

Five camera system* £399.99

Additional single camera £99.00

*All systems include a wireless base station sync unit. Available from amazon.co.uk. Pricing includes VAT.

Chris Price