Voice is becoming a key smart home controller for many consumers and Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are becoming key components in smart homes. Today, abode systems, one of GearBrain's best picks for DIY home security system, announced the integration of Google Assistant into their platform. This integration will offer customers use of voice commands to control smart home gadgets, like lights, plugs and switches. Using succinct voice commands like "Hey Google, turn on the den lights" will provide customers control of smart lights that have been integrated into the abode platform.

abode's Google Assistant integration is the second voice control system the company has integrated into their platform. Amazon Alexa is also integrated into abode system. This makes abode one of the few DIY home security systems with both voice activated systems integrated into a home security system.

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Starting today, customers wishing to integrate Google Assistant with their abode home security setup will be able to control all lights, dimmers, and switches using their voice. Presently, the Google Assistant integration can only be used to control switches, dimmers, and lights and not used to arm or disarm the security system but abode is working on implementing that functionality in a future OTA update.

"We're very excited to offer our customers Google Smart Home Integration for their abode system," said Chris Carney, co-founder and CEO of abode systems. "Google Home support has been a highly requested feature and we're proud to add another direct integration to help customers build their smart home security system their way."

If you own a Google Home or Google Home Mini, starting today you will be able to start using the abode Google Smart Home Integration. Just go to the integrations page of the abode web portal and you can learn everything about the integration and how to get started.

abode's integration with both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa is very good. This will allow current owners of Google Home or Amazon Alexa enabled-devices to use voice to control a very good DIY home security system for their home. GearBrain will continue to monitor abode for updates on their integration as Google adds more functionality to the Smart Home API. In the interim, if you are a current abode customer, enjoy the voice activation integrations. We can tell you that it will help simplify things for you in your smart home.