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Google has added native support for a broad range of sensors to its Assistant technology.

Like Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, and IBM’s Watson Assistant, Google’s Assistant is at the heart of the company’s Internet of Things and connected environment ranges, as well as crucial to its own operating system, platforms, and developer/partner ecosystem.

According to an update from the company, it has now added native support for sensors to its digital assistant. This means that smart home or office implementations that include sensors will no longer be limited to action-based voice commands for these devices.

Users could now seek answers to questions about heat, humidity, air quality, light, motion, proximity, movement, whether a door is open or closed, and so on.

In turn, this is likely to pave the way to automation, linked functions, and alerts – e.g. the automatic opening or closing of shutters in specific conditions, and other ‘If this, then that’ (IFTTT) types of functions.

In the update, Google has also added separate, dedicated device types for smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, water purifiers and softeners.

The manufacturers of sensors and these related devices will now be able to add them to Google Home environments.

  • As explored in our separate report, the smart sensors market is projected to grow in value from $36.6 billion this year to $87.6 billion worldwide by 2025, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19 percent.
  • In related news, Microsoft has created a digital twin of its Singapore headquarters to monitor energy usage, lighting, air quality, temperature, space usage, and more.
    The installation includes Bluetooth beacons and 900 sensors provided by Schneider Electric. Data is aggregated via Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform.