The WWA program ensures your Alexa-connected devices provide a great customer experience, and helps you increase customer awareness and confidence in your products and brand. Today, we are introducing new certification requirements for the Works with Alexa (WWA) program as part of our ongoing efforts to raise the bar on the responsiveness, reliability, and functionality of connected devices, and provide the best possible smart home experience for customers.
In order to qualify for the WWA program, products submitted for certification after the dates indicated below must satisfy the updated eligibility and requirements listed under the Works with Alexa Program Guidelines.
1. ObjectDetectionSensor: Starting on September 23rd 2022, if you have implemented the Alexa.smartVision.ObjectDetectionSensor interface for your device via an Alexa Smart Home skill, your device will be required to be tested under the ObjectDetectionSensor test plan to qualify for the WWA program. Devices that did not implement the Alexa.smartVision.ObjectDetectionSensor interface are not required to go through this testing. You can learn more about the ObjectDetectionSensor test plan here.
2. Low Supply Notifications and Smart Reorders: Starting on March 27th 2023, compatible devices such as printers, motion/contact sensors, smart locks, cameras, and air purifiers are required to implement an inventory sensor (Alexa.InventoryLevelSensor, Alexa.InventoryLevelUsageSensor, or Alexa.InventoryUsageSensor) interface to qualify for the Works with Alexa program.
These interfaces will allow Alexa to provide customers with information on the approximate usage of a consumable product (such as batteries, toner, and air filters) installed in these devices. Customers can be notified when it is time to replace these consumables, or sign up for smart reordering and let Alexa automatically reorder supplies when they are running low. While doing so, they can elect to purchase consumables that you sell for your own devices. If you do not sell your own consumables, you can receive a share of every purchase a customer makes through a low supply notification or Smart Reorder for their device, as well as a one-time payment when a customer signs up for Smart Reorders, and places their first order.
To learn more about how to get started with the new Works with Alexa requirements, click here to access the WWA console and visit the documentation below.