Control your home automation with Alexa

What is Alexa?

Amazon Alexa is a cloud-based artificial intelligence available as a voice assistant and app. It is a software that is at the heart of Amazon Echo products and other smart devices made by Amazon. Alexa can be used to provide information, play video and audio, and control other devices and services, including those for the smart home.

Some of Alexa's functions are native, such as information on weather and traffic, while functions linked to external services can be used only after the activation of the relevant skill. Alexa skills are additional applications, each dedicated to a different function. 

One of the most powerful features of Amazon Alexa, enabled by skills, is the routines creation. Instead of performing only one action for each voice command, it is possible to perform more than one at the same time and even automate them. In particular, using Alexa routines in a domotic home has some interesting advantages such as the possibility to manage smart devices from different manufacturers from a single platform.

Amazon Alexa can be installed on smartphones, tablets and smart wearable devices, and is already present on Amazon’s smart products.

The Amazon Alexa app can be used to:

- configure devices with Alexa integrated
- manage your devices, including those hooked up with Alexa
- play music
- organize your day
- implement the activated skills using the smartphone screen, in addition to voice commands

How does Alexa work with smart home devices?

Smart home devices certified by Alexa have a corresponding skill that needs to be activated in order to use the device. To do this, a link is created between the Amazon cloud and the device cloud. The two clouds will ensure that commands or requests made to Alexa are carried out by the device being used.

Remote control

Thanks to the cloud-to-cloud connection, Alexa enables remote management of connected devices without additional configuration or cost. Once a device is added to the Alexa app, it can be managed anytime, anywhere, via your smartphone or voice commands.

Alexa and Freedompro

Freedompro has designed and produced a series of products certified by Amazon: Easykon for KNX, Easykon for MyHome, Easykon Lite for KNX and Easykon Lite for MyHome.

Easykon for MyHome is a module designed and produced by Freedompro that allows you to control the BTicino MyHome SCS system with your smartphone using the Alexa App and voice commands. The quality and reliability of BTicino MyHome SCS systems, thanks to Easykon, are combined with the usefulness and easy personalization of Alexa.

Adding control with App and voice commands from Alexa to your BTicino MyHome SCS system is quick and easy with Easykon for MyHome, because configuration is automatic. With the Freedompro product, you can combine BTicino and Alexa for the best smart home experience.

Easykon Lite for MyHome and Easykon Lite for KNX

Easykon Lite for MyHome is the software version of the previous product. It allows you to control the system with Alexa. It is possible to configure up to 30 accessories of 11 different categories.

Would you like to try to control your home devices by talking to Alexa? Download Easykon Lite for MyHome, install it on Raspberry Pi and start the automatic configuration. You will have a 7-day free trial to use your smartphone and voice commands to manage your BTicino MyHome SCS system. 

And if you want to continue to do so after the free trial period? Don't worry, by purchasing the license at a cost of 69 Euro (plus VAT), you can continue to use Alexa every day.

Freedompro has also developed Easykon for KNX, which is a server that upgrades KNX systems and allows you to manage your home automation system with your smartphone via Alexa. The Freedompro product allows you to import the KNX system design created with the ETS software directly into the web interface. This makes it even easier and faster to combine the KNX smart home with Alexa.

Easykon Lite for KNX is the software version produced by Freedompro dedicated to KNX installations. It allows you to control up to 30 devices installed on the system with the App and the Alexa voice assistant.

Have you always wondered about making your KNX system smart and controlling it with your voice? Download Easykon Lite for KNX, install it on your Raspberry Pi and map the accessories on your Konnex system. You'll get a 7-day free trial to use Alexa and control your home how and when you want.

If you never want to go back, you can continue to use Alexa every day by purchasing a license for 69 Euro (plus VAT).

Combining Bticino MyHome with Alexa and KNX with Alexa you will be able to create powerful automations. Alexa will make your smart home even smarter: Freedompro gives you the opportunity to make the Alexa-MyHome integration a reality, and the same can be said for the Alexa-KNX integration.

Freedompro works every day to improve its products and add new features. That's why Easykons are constantly updated automatically.