Amazon’s new Door Lock API, application program interface, was added to Alexa Skills Kit. The API will improve voice commands for a several of the company’s lock partners, including Z-Wave, August, Yale, Vivint, Kwikset and Schlage.
The Skill name must be included in the voice command. For instance, Schlage Sense customers utilizing an Alexa custom Skill must say, “Alexa, ask Schlage to unlock my front door.” Some customers will find this voice command a little too lengthy, while others will just be happy to be able to control their Smart Lock with Alexa.
Smart Locks make the perfect replacement for a contemporary deadbolt. If you decide to join the Smart Lock world, you will be able to manage your entrance doors from anywhere. For instance, you will be able to check the lock’s status and lock the door remotely from the companion app.
However, upgrading a door lock is not as simple as replacing a conventional light bulb. The installation process will require a bit more time and hands-on, plus the lock has to be paired with the existing Internet router. Most consumers have concerns about the cost of a new Smart Lock, which will vary depending on the features, connectivity standards, brand, functionality and design.
A report by the National Association of Realtors examines Smart Home devices and their impact on the real estate market. The Smart Homes and Realtors report surveyed real estate agents nationwide, finding 15 percent of agents receive questions from clients about Smart Homes. Forty-two percent of the agents voiced interest in attaining a Smart Home certification, which could indicate an increasing confidence among licensed agents that Smart Home technologies will play a major role in the real estate market.
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.