Arlo smart-home security links with major brands

  • September 13, 2021
  • Steve Rogerson

California-based Arlo Technologies is offering third-party compatibility with Amazon, Apple, Google, Samsung and others for a seamless smart-home security experience.

Features available through these partner integrations include two-way communication, enhanced live video and audio streaming on multiple devices.

Arlo is a smart-home security brand, and has announced compatibility enhancements with smart-home platforms including Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Home Assistant, IFTTT and Samsung SmartThings. These partner integrations provide Arlo users with a seamless experience between their Arlo smart-home security system and smart-home ecosystem.

Users can give voice commands via their preferred virtual assistant, receive motion notifications on compatible devices and access a live feed from their Arlo products on smartwatches, phones, TVs and other smart-home devices.

Through engineering efforts and partnerships, Arlo provides a cross-ecosystem experience where users don’t have to choose one ecosystem over another. Users can benefit from more efficient, integrated access to popular Arlo features no matter which third-party smart-home platform they have at home.

“We’re excited to continue innovating by collaborating with our partners to provide Arlo users with added features designed to offer the most robust and seamless smart-home security experience possible,” said Tejas Shah, senior vice president at Arlo. “These expanded capabilities across leading partners represent Arlo’s commitment to delivering peace of mind, regardless of which smart-home ecosystem users have in their homes.”

Via Amazon Alexa, users can initiate two-way talk through compatible Echo and Fire TV devices to Arlo security cameras or video doorbells. They can receive motion and video doorbell press announcements from Alexa, and view Arlo Video Doorbell live feeds directly from compatible Echo and Fire TV devices, to manage home security.

Voice commands enable users to ask Alexa to show their live feed, view their last clip, or trigger motion detection from Arlo security cameras or video doorbells on compatible Echo and Fire TV devices. They can receive proactive updates for seamless integration any time they add a new Arlo camera, base station or doorbell to an already-linked Amazon account. And they can arm and disarm individual Arlo base stations using an Alexa- or Arlo-configured voice PIN.

With Apple Homekit, users can securely view live streams from compatible Arlo cameras via the Home app or by asking Siri on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. HomeKit lets users create custom automations and scenes using the motion sensor from Arlo cameras. For example, when an Arlo camera detects something, users can trigger other HomeKit accessories to react and perform actions such as turning on the lights in the evening. Users can also receive motion notifications from Arlo cameras on iPhone or Apple Watch.

Users can enjoy seamless integration with Google Assistant using AppFlip to link Arlo and Google accounts faster. They can integrate Arlo cameras or doorbells into the Google ecosystem with one or two clicks without having to re-enter credentials when signed into an Arlo account on the same mobile device.

They can receive doorbell alerts and view Arlo device live feeds directly from a Google Assistant-enabled device to manage home security through Google smart-home devices. Users can receive enhanced live-video and audio streaming to see and hear visitors at the door through Google Nest Hub, and trigger light controls on Arlo Pro 3 floodlight cameras through a Google Assistant-enabled device.

And they can receive proactive updates for seamless integration any time they add a new Arlo camera, base station or doorbell to an already-linked Google account.

With If This Then That (IFTTT), users can connect Arlo products to an IFTTT account to allow other smart devices in the home to pair and interact in the way they want. They can use, create and customise conditional if-then applets to turn smart lights on when Arlo cameras or doorbells detect motion.

They can create a recipe using Arlo Smart to receive notifications announced to an IFTTT account, and cross-trigger an Arlo camera with other smart-home products when it detects a person, vehicle, animal or package. A smart home device can be used when Arlo is connected to an IFTTT account to announce motion or audio alerts, start and stop recording, or when an Arlo camera is low on battery.

Using Samsung SmartThings, they can receive motion and audio alerts and view live video streams from an Arlo camera or video doorbell directly on compatible TVs, tablets, phones or refrigerators, now available with a more comprehensive list of compatible Arlo products. They can enjoy improved stability and reduced latency for faster access to Arlo camera recordings or video doorbell feeds.

Users can turn Arlo cameras on and off when arming or disarming the SmartThings Home Monitor. They can cross-trigger recording on Arlo devices using a wide range of compatible SmartThings devices. This includes using an Arlo camera and smart hub to trigger a siren and turn lights on and off on compatible SmartThings smart home devices. And they can trigger smart home automation events through a compatible SmartThings device by pressing the Arlo video doorbell.

Enhanced compatibility with more third-party smart home ecosystems help Arlo users keep an eye on more of what matters. These integrations, available through Arlo’s suite of smart indoor and outdoor security cameras and doorbells, offer the flexibility to monitor and react to notifications through the Arlo app on select Google, Amazon, Apple and Samsung smart-home devices for protecting homes and businesses.