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Amazon Launches ‘Alexa for Residential’

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The service aims to make it easier for property managers to set up and maintain Alexa-powered smart home experiences in their apartment communities.

Digested from TechCrunch

Earlier this month, Amazon announced that it is launching, Alexa for Residential, which aims to make it easier for property managers to set up and maintain Alexa-powered smart home experiences in their apartment communities.

IOTAS, STRATIS and Sentient Property Services will be among the first smart home integrators to use the service, according to TechCrunch’s Sarah Perez.

“The idea is to make Alexa a tool for smart home management, even for those without their own Amazon account,” Perez wrote. “The way the service works, new residents won’t have to purchase their own device or set anything up to get started. Instead, they can just speak to Alexa to control the various smart home features available at their residence and use basic Alexa features. like timers, alarms or getting information like news and weather.”

The technology will allow the residents to submit maintenance requests, make amenity reservations or even pay their rent via Alexa, according to Perez. Managers won’t have access to residents’ personal data.

“When the resident’s lease is up or they move out, the service allows property managers to remotely reset the device to the default settings to be ready for the next resident, without disrupting the device’s existing configurations for smart home management,” Perez wrote.