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Alexa, tell ADT the coast is clear

ADT customers can now control their Pulse security systems with Amazon Alexa.

ADT now works with Amazon Alexa via a new skill.

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ADT announced plans to add an Alexa skill to its Pulse security system back in January. Today, the professional security firm is making it official. New and existing customers with an Alexa device should now be able to access the ADT Pulse skill in the Alexa app. ADT says it will be possible to arm and disarm Pulse (with a PIN code), ask for the system's current status and control other third-party devices.

ADT is a professional home security company that specializes in dealer-installed security hardware and related services. Customers select the system they want, pay for installation (which now includes the Alexa speaker of your choosing) and sign on to a specified contract length -- usually between 36 and 60 months. During that period, customers pay a monthly fee for access to the security system's features, including professional monitoring (this means ADT will reach out to law enforcement or emergency responders on your behalf).

All of those features are fairly standard for professional firms, but ADT has slowly added integrations with products from other manufacturers, too. It recently partnered with LG on a contract-free all-in-one security system. It also works with Nest and the Ring Video Doorbell.

Still, ADT is behind the curve in terms of voice control integrations. Vivint announced its Alexa integration over a year ago. DIY manufacturers like Scout and Abode already offer Alexa skills, too. ADT also hasn't mentioned plans to work with the other major voice-enabled platforms, Apple HomeKit and Google Home. As always, we'll be sharing updates as we learn more.

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