SageGlass Integrates Amazon Echo Voice Controls
The dynamic glass’ voice control will provide a user-friendly experience while helping to streamline buildings’ operational efficiencies.Jun. 19, 2018
SageGlass®, pioneer of the world’s smartest electrochromic glass, today announced SageGlass dynamic glass is now able to integrate with Amazon Echo to provide occupants with a more user-friendly experience while helping to streamline operational efficiencies. Occupants can now control the dynamic glass’ tint via simple voice commands to optimize daylight and outdoor views while preventing heat gain and glare. This offering is expected to be integrated into larger building management systems so building owners and facilities managers can manage SageGlass along with other voice-enabled smart devices in the building.
“The use of IoT (Internet of Things) technologies such as voice in buildings is growing in popularity as building owners place more emphasis on occupant comfort, convenience and productivity,” said Alan McLenaghan, CEO of SageGlass. “SageGlass can already be integrated with most building management systems and controlled via mobile app, so the next natural technological progression for our dynamic glass is the use of voice commands as an added convenience to building owners and occupants.”
SageGlass’ integration with Amazon Echo provides occupants with additional flexibility so they can control the dynamic tinting of the glass without the need for facilities management intervention, a wall switch or mobile app. Occupants can make statements using the wake word (“Alexa”) such as “Alexa, ask SageGlass to reduce glare,” or “Alexa, ask SageGlass to let the warm sunshine in,” and watch the glass tint in accordance with the command. SageGlass provides smart building installation documentation and sample code, detailing how SageGlass can be integrated with other building management components and Amazon Web Services.
“We feel voice control can empower occupants by providing them with command over the lighting conditions in their building. Providing this sense of empowerment has been proven to have a positive impact on all occupants, from increasing patient recovery rates in the healthcare setting to improving productivity in the workplace," McLenaghan added.
SageGlass completed its first Amazon Echo integration at the Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed North American Headquarters in Malvern, Pa. Integration capability is available for all installations completed after May 2018.
The pioneer of the world’s smartest electrochromic glass, SageGlass® is the ultimate connector between the built and natural environments. SageGlass tints on demand to optimize daylight, reduce glare and manage heat – all while maintaining unobstructed views of the outdoors. With SageGlass, architects and building owners can improve occupant comfort and reduce energy demand in buildings. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, SageGlass is backed by more than 350 years of building science expertise. Learn more at www.SageGlass.com or join SageGlass on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
About Saint-Gobain in North America
Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest building materials companies and manufacturer of innovative material solutions, helps create great living spaces by combining comfort and sustainability. For more than three-and-a-half centuries, Saint-Gobain has been enhancing the wellbeing of people everywhere, whether it’s by addressing climate change, delivering true sustainable development, advancing the information revolution, participating in medical breakthroughs or playing a vital role in space exploration.
In North America, Saint-Gobain has approximately 150 locations and more than 14,000 employees. In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain reported sales of approximately $5.8 billion in 2016. Learn more about Saint-Gobain North America by visiting www.saint-gobain-northamerica.com and connect with Saint-Gobain North America on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.