Alexa will only announce two types of device actions in an Alexa routine, motion or a door/window trigger device (at this tinme). Vera does not include these type of devices for Alexa. To see this, go to “Manage Alexa” in your Vera controllers manaagement, and the devices do not include any motion or door sensors. Any sensor type defined as a motion or door/window trigger can be used to trigger a custom Alexa announcement routine.
I wanted to get this feature added to my home Auto system some time before I get old and die waiting for Vera to do it, so I got an ISY 994i and wow, 30 minutes later it was a go! The nice thing about ISY is that you can make ANY device, a switch etc., a motion type “sensor” that Alexa will respond to.
Some time ago, someone developed a way to include VSwitchs in the Alexa devise list. If that same approch was applied to motion and door sensors, life would be good with Vera/Alexa users.
Life with Vera has been like a bad marriage. You can keep hanging on for all the wrong reasons, but in the end, divorce may be the final solution to be happy again. I have a large investment with Vera. Four devices, 4,873 lines of custom code (sorry, I don’t use Apps), and like a marrage, alot of time.
So, when Vera says they are going to add it in the future, like in a marriage, WHEN!
Vera, I am cheating on you with ISY. If you want keep this marriage intact, do your part!