Jan 10, 2017: US based construction company Brookfield Residential is building smart homes in the Washington, DC that will feature voice control of lights and other things using the Alexa system from Amazon.
The smart homes powered by Amazon Alexa will feature hands-free automated controls. This system will allow residents to verbally give instructions to the lights, security cameras, door locks, window blinds, even lawn sprinklers, music systems, ovens, and many other things.
The Alexa system will have cylindrical speaker and microphone called Echo. Users can say “Alexa, dim the lights.” Echo can also give answers to many questions. For example, it will be able to give weather information.
Lighting companies like Philips and LIFX are supporting Alexa by offering apps that allow users to turn lights on and off, brighten or dim them.
Industry insider believe that billions of things will now get connected to the Internet, which will make it easier to control them and, more importantly, will open up huge business opportunities.
Smart lighting is also becoming popular and an additional selling point in the commercial real estate market. Already, Philips and Cisco are working at Madrid’s 400-ft Torre Europa with Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) lighting. Canada-based Oxford Properties is also selling the 42-floor EY Tower in Toronto with a major smart lighting feature.