Many consumers are questioning the security of the Smart Lock, but isn’t it far to say that both the Smart Lock and conventional lock have security issues? The traditional lock is vulnerable to bump keys or lock picks and Smart Locks are vulnerable fuzzing, device spoofing and replay attacks.
The Schlage Sense Bluetooth Deadbolt showcased at CES 2015 and finally went on sale November 1st the same year. The lock drew lots of attention from spectators, because it was integrated with Apple HomeKit protocols that had been embedded into iPhones, since 2014.
The Schlage Sense was actually the first HomeKit-compatible Smart Lock, putting it on a very competitive edge. This compatibility allows homeowners to unlock their door utilizing Siri commands.
Shlage Sense Bluetooth Deadbolt
As Alexa’s third-party company partnerships and skills are growing, the virtual assistant is having trouble keeping up. Alexa has a history of not playing nicely with specific services and devices.
There is still hope with IFTTT, a popular website that is capable bridging the gap between Smart gadgets that don’t officially work together. IFTTT allows users to break the rules and control innumerable third-party gizmos and online services that aren’t officially supported.
Sciener, a technology company, in partnership with Accelvo Pvt Ltd creates a Smart digital door lock that will offer convenience and a high level of security. The lock was designed for Airbnb and Homestay hosts, so they can manage their properties from afar.
The new Sciener Smart Digital Lock s201 synchronizes with smartphones and tablets regardless of location. With this lock, Airbnb hosts will be able to provide guests with a more convenient home entry experience. The lock replaces mechanical keys with a smartphone and unique electronic code. Hosts will be able to manage access for guests and monitor access history from anywhere.
Yale has a unique sales pitch for the Yale Assure Smart Lock, “A Lock Without A Key”. May not sound like much, but the slogan appears to be effective, because the lock is a competitive force in the Smart Home market. The lock features a Bluetooth radio and companion app, without a mechanical keyhole.
The great thing about the design of this lock is it eliminates the potential break-in, utilizing a bump key or lock pick. However, the keyless lock without a keyhole eliminates an additional emergency access option, in the event that the onboard batteries fail. With the Assure Smart Lock, you will be left with only two access options, the companion app and touchpad.
A recent update to an existing Alexa skill will allow August Smart Home customers to open their door with voice command. With the new update, users can verbally command Alexa to unlock their door for the first time. Previously, August customers could utilize Alexa to unlock their door, but the request had to be made directly from the Alexa app.
August Smart Lock
The August Smart Lock is one of the most popular Internet-connected locks on the market, along with the Schlage Sense and Kwikset Kevo. The August lock utilizes Bluetooth to communicate with the existing wireless router and relies on AA batteries for power.
IDC is predicting the Internet of Things to be worth $1.7 trillion by 2020, while Gartner projects a jump up to 13.5 Billion by the same year. The supply and demand for Smart gadgets is gradually increasing every day, top-speed highly capable Wi-Fi will be primary focus of the next 4 years.
Smart technology is being integrated into every gadget that developers and tech manufacturers can get their hands on. Smart building owners are becoming more and more reliant on intelligent predictive analytics. This technology is capable of detecting glitches in internal systems and notifying the owner of the issue, before they become a major issue.
There are three wireless communication standards utilized in Smart Locks, including Z-Wave, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Each of these wireless communication standards are unique in their own way and make the lock’s smartness possible.
Kwikset, an American lock company, was awarded a 2017 TechHome Mark of Excellence Award as Security Product of the year, by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).
The Mark of Excellence Award recognizes the best-installed technology and custom integration. Every year, manufacturers, systems integrators and distributors compete in over 30 award categories.
Kwikset, an American-based lock manufacturer, was founded in 1946, which says a lot about the company’s history and ability to satisfy consumers. The company joined the Smart Lock industry in 2013, with the introduction of the Kwikset Kevo 1st Generation Bluetooth Smart Lock. Since this time, Kwikset launched the second version of the Kevo and several other Smart Locks.