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Alexa can now tell you if there’s a person or package near your security camera

Package detection is initially accessible on the Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 and Ring Video Doorbell 2020

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Alexa can now tell you if there's a person or package near your security camera

Amazon’s Alexa can be the first to tell you when it sees a person or a package at your doorstep through one of your security cameras. According to Amazon, person and package detection announcements by its voice assistant, Alexa, are out now.

When a person or package is identified, Alexa will automatically display a live camera feed on your Echo smart display, Fire TV, or Fire Tablet. In addition, the Alexa app will also send smartphone notifications to you.

The new functionality will be compatible with video doorbells and security cameras from Ring, Google Nest, and Abode, with other companies potentially adding the capability in the future, thanks to Amazon’s new Alexa Object Detection Sensor API.

According to Amazon, person detection announcements are now available for all Ring video doorbells and cameras. The company says that it will be available shortly for the Google Nest Cam (both Outdoor & Indoor), Nest Cam Floodlight, Nest Doorbell (battery-powered), Abode IOTA, and Abode Outdoor Camera. You may also create an Alexa Routine based on the new detecting features, such as turning on a porch light, triggering a smart lock, or activating sprinklers on an intruder.

Package detection is initially accessible on the Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 and Ring Video Doorbell 2020, and will soon be available on Abode’s IOTA and Outdoor cameras, but not on Google Nest cameras, despite the Nest doorbells’ own package recognition. These collaborations are part of Amazon’s new Object Detection Sensor API, which allows camera manufacturers to add this feature to their products.

Your camera may require a subscription that includes person/people detection in order to get Alexa person and package notifications. Ring Protect, which includes person and package detection, starts at $3 per month or $30 per year, whereas Abode’s services begin at $7 per month. Google does not charge for basic person detection, but a Nest Aware subscription is required to use the company’s more advanced algorithms.

To use the function, you must first have enabled person and/or package detection on your compatible camera. You can then head to the camera or doorbell settings in the Alexa app. You’ll see a new area called “Camera Events,” where you may enable one or both options and configure the parameters. If you have many Alexa devices, you may also pick which ones make the announcements.

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