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SmartThings Edge Virtual Switch to Trigger Echo Notifications

Updated: Apr 7

Each of the three smart home notifications that you can review in the introduction of the following video were made possible by using a SmartThings Edge compatible virtual switch. The notifications were triggered following the detection of a smart home event. The welcome home notification was triggered by the detection my presence. The smoke alert notification was triggered when my First Alert smoke sensor detected the presence of smoke. And the water leak notification was prompted when my ST leak sensor detected the presence moisture.

My Alexa App is connected to ST as a dedicated voice assistant. Because of this integration, the ST App is able to share the status of a virtual switch with my Alexa App. These virtual switches were used in Alexa routines to trigger custom announcements on my Echo Devices.

Coming up, I will tell you how to set up one of the routines so you might learn the basics of how the ST and Alexa Apps work together to produce custom notifications. The automation routine which I selected to demonstrate is the Water Leak Notification routine.

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