Talk about a package deal. Vivint Smart Home keeps expanding its portfolio of smart home products in an effort to be a one-stop shop for homeowners interested in home security and automation. For consumers unclear on how to piece elements of technology together into a cohesive unit, this approach simplifies the shopping and setup process. Vivint’s latest expansion includes a lot of Google-capable features, making voice control of numerous devices feasible.
The company is embracing Google like no other security and home-automation company, adding Google Wifi mesh-networking, Google Home with voice control, and Nest Thermostat E to its IoT offerings. A “Hey Google,” can make a lot of things happen under the Vivint home control and security platform.
Every new customer will get two free Google Home Mini devices with their smart home systems, the company announced.
“Voice control is the easiest and most intuitive way to communicate with your smart home, and we want to provide this experience to more customers,” says Jeff Lyman, chief product officer at Vivint Smart Home. “The power of the Google Assistant to hear and interpret voice commands significantly adds to the convenience of the smart home experience, whether you’re locking doors, adjusting lighting or changing the temperature.”
The option of the Nest Thermostat E joins the Nest Learning Thermostat, which has been part of the Vivint smart home suite since 2016. Vivint will install the thermostat at no additional cost for new customers.
Vivint appears to be the first major security company to embrace Google Wifi, the mesh-networking system launched in 2016.
Vivint says Google WiFi can enhance connectivity for customers with doorbell, indoor and outdoor cameras.
“Today the majority of our new customers are purchasing cameras as part of their customized Vivint smart home,” says Lyman. “Google WiFi helps eliminate dead zones and is particularly beneficial in homes that have multiple cameras with 24/7 continuous video recording.”