Leading security and home automation provider ADT recently announced availability of ADT Pulse® Voice, a new app that combines the ADT features customers know and love with the security and convenience of personal voice commands. ADT Pulse Voice technology is the first of its kind in the smart home space, enabling homeowners to log in and log out of the Pulse Voice app via custom technology that recognises unique voice signatures. Once logged in, users can arm and disarm their Pulse security panel, control their home’s lighting, adjust thermostats, lock and unlock doors, and check the overall status of their home – all verbally and virtually touchless through an iOS or Android smart phone. It’s a new frontier in the world of smart home technology, and it’s brought to consumers first by ADT. ADT recognises consumers’ increasing need for easy-to-use technologies that can adapt to the pace of today’s lifestyles. From long hours at the office to keeping up with the kids or checking in on pets, it’s safe to say that despite today’s hectic lifestyles, families still want to stay connected. Now, there is no need to break away from a task at hand to manually control smart home features; instead, a homeowner’s voice can trigger ADT Pulse functions by recognising select key words, device names and phrases to perform. In addition to accepting personal voice commands, the ADT Pulse Voice app provides auditory feedback to confirm actions and system status for all of its connected devices. “It’s all about providing the best possible user experiences for our customers,” said Arthur Orduña, senior vice president and chief innovation officer for ADT. “As more people use voice commands to interact with their smart phones and other devices, it’s critical for us to securely extend the convenience and accessibility of ADT Pulse through voice input. The launch of ADT Pulse Voice is another example of how ADT is using innovative technology to ultimately improve the user experience for customers and meet their individual needs in a way that complements their digital world.” With protection as ADT’s foremost priority, the ADT Pulse Voice app leverages a multi-layered identification process allowing only registered members of a household to log in. Through voice commands, a user is approved by three personal checkpoints: a secret phrase, state-of-the-art voice recognition, and confirmed identification of a mobile device. ADT’s identification technology is a critical safety measure as it ultimately allows only verified users to gain access to the ADT Pulse Voice app in the event their mobile device is lost or stolen. Without all three verification checkpoints confirmed, any login attempt will be denied. Voice control also lends access to visually impaired consumers, allowing less interaction on screen and providing the benefit of virtually touchless technology. From arming their system to turning on the lights to unlocking doors on the drive home, ADT Pulse Voice provides intuitive technology for users to manage and control their smart home from the inside and out. Existing ADT customers can download the ADT Pulse Voice App for free in the Apple App Store, as well as through Google Play, enabling key feature commands at the push of a button.
The upcoming mobile application from ADT and Life360 will provide direct access to ADT’s 24/7 monitoring centres Leading security and home automation provider ADT recently announced a partnership with Life360, a leader in location-based services and family networking technology. The partnership will provide a valuable lead generation source for ADT and enable the development of innovative, co-branded mobile security applications to provide greater safety and security services to families. As part of the agreement, ADT is taking a minority ownership stake in the company through a $25 million investment, leading a $50 million Series C financing for Life360. The investment forges a mutually beneficial bond for the two companies to work together to advance personal security solutions available to the more than 33 million families who use Life360. “We’ve expanded beyond helping protect and connect homes and businesses,” said Arthur Orduña, senior vice president and chief innovation officer for ADT. “Today, ADT provides security and monitoring solutions for families wherever they are. This partnership with Life360 fits within our innovation strategy to reinvent the idea of ‘security’ for our increasingly mobile lifestyles. It’s a perfect pairing as ADT and Life360 are both leaders in their categories that share a very similar vision and mission – to provide peace of mind to families.” One planned development from the partnership is a new mobile application that will integrate features from ADT Chaperone, an existing ‘on-the-go’ personal security offering from ADT. The upcoming mobile application from ADT and Life360 will provide direct access to ADT’s 24/7 monitoring centres that can connect users to police, fire and emergency medical responders. “Soon every family will be able to use the app to meet their unique needs, whether it’s providing a chaperone for a child walking home from school and verifying they reached their destination, or knowing to arm the home’s security system when the house is vacant,” added Orduña. By leveraging the best of ADT and Life360 technologies, users will feel relaxed knowing their families can check in with the touch of a button, rather than having to make a call, or take a break to contact their loved ones. Users will not only have greater peace of mind while on the go, but also gain the added convenience of home automation, including control of lights, door locks and more, directly from their mobile phone. “The investment and partnership with ADT further cements Life360’s position as the leading family network, and allows us to deepen our reach into the connected home,” said Chris Hulls, Life360 founder and chief executive officer. “Mobile is at the centre of the connected home, and given security is a critical element for today’s families, our integration with ADT offers customers the value of one of the world’s largest security and home automation providers, plus the connectivity of the largest family network.” The new co-developed mobile application will be available in late 2014. The app will be free, and upgraded security features from ADT will be available at a nominal monthly subscription fee.