Many homeowners are concerned about the level of security a Smart Lock can provide. Of course, it is difficult to compare the security provided by a traditional deadbolt to a Smart Lock, but what if someone told you that you could make your lock smarter and still keep the same level of security. Well, you can with the Kwikset Kevo Convert Bluetooth Smart Lock. This is a very affordable solution to achieve the best of both worlds.
August Home, a leading Smart Lock provider, launched its second-generation Smart Lock on October 14, 2015. While millions of consumers immediately jump onboard, millions more were hesitant, because these devices are responsible for securing their most valuable asset, the home. There is always the concern that Smart Locks may not be able to provide the same level of security as a traditional deadbolt. While this may be true in some cases, the August Smart Lock is integrated with retrofitted physical hardware, which basically means that it works with the existing deadbolt.
When searching for a solution that will offer reliability and convenience, while securing the front door, there is no doubt that the August Smart Lock can provide these necessities and so much more. Many models cannot be put on the same level, because they offer a difficult installation, hit-or-miss performance and a lagging, confusing companion.
If you are reading this article, you have already invested in a Smart Lock or considering investing. Whatever the case may be, you probably have heard of the Schlage brand, a top lock manufacturer. Many people are under the impression that the Schlage Sense Smart Lock is the same as the Schlage Connect Smart Lock. Well, this is a huge misconception, because each lock has its own unique features and capabilities, with a few similarities.
As mentioned above, the Schlage Connect and Sense do share some similarities including:
- Access sharing
- Push notifications
- Battery powered operation
- Backlit touchscreen
- ANSI Grade 1 security
- Mechanical keyhole access
The locks are also similar in design and two styles available, Century and Camelot.
Shlage Sense Bluetooth Deadbolt
Kwikset, a leading provider of Smart Locks, recently partnered with Amazon to provide customers, who invested in a SmartCode 910, 912, 914, or 916 Smart Lock, with voice automation capabilities. This integration will allow Kwikset customers to control the above locks with voice commands. However, this features only works for SmartThings and Wink home automation platforms.
igloohome, a Singapore-based lock company, unveiled its first Smart product, which was a Smart access solution, which provides short-term rental managers a secure place to store mechanical keys, while offering easy access to their guests. In March 2016, the company launched its first Smart Lock, with Bluetooth capabilities.
Wi-Fi Free Operation
With great success from its door lock and Keybox, igloohome is launching yet another Smart Lock, the igloobolt Smart Deadbolt 02. The deadbolt utilizes a Bluetooth chipset and mobile app to communicate with the authorized phone. Both of the locks utilize a unique operational process that does not require an Internet connection, eliminating hacking risks. To make this possible, the deadbolt works with a technology that is similar to the Internet banking token, involving encryption and synchronization.
Smart Locks have taken the market by storm, as manufacturers and tech companies compete to see who can sell the most units, earn the highest revenue and utilize the most intuitive technology. There are innumerable brands on the market, but 5 of them have gained more notoriety than all the rest. If you are one of the many consumers that have hesitated to invest in a Smart Lock, you may find one of these brands, ideal for your home.
Kwikset Premis Smart Lock
Just like any other Smart Lock brand, the Schlage Connect Camelot allows users to leave their mechanical key at home. Homeowners and authorized visitors can access the home with a unique PIN code. For added security purposes, the door will automatically relock after 30 seconds, if the homeowner forgets to do it.
The Poly-Control Danalock became available to the public on April 29, 2014. The lock’s circular, retrofit design is similar to the August Smart Lock. However, the lock is not a competitive concern for August Home. This basically means that the lock can only be activated, when the authorized phone is within the Bluetooth range, which varies between 0 to 5 meters.
Cypher Home, a Smart Lock upstart, launched a Kickstarter campaign on February 20th to raise money for its innovative BluKey Keyless Entry System. BluKey has a retrofit design, so it will transform any ordinary deadbolt into a Smart Lock, without the need to replace any hardware.
When comparing the Kwikset Kevo Convert Bluetooth Smart Lock to other brands, its price tag is significantly lower. Instead of replacing the existing deadbolt, it will retrofit on the inside of the door. The lock will automatically lock/unlock the deadbolt per requests made through the companion Kevo app, which is available for both Android and iOS devices.