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Google Home Update Adds 12 New Partners, Including August Home

Google launched its voice-activated speaker in 2016 and is preparing for roll out in UK and Europe on April 6, 2017. The Google Home is a big competitor of the Amazon Echo, which launched on June 23, 2015. This time difference gave the Echo a huge start, with over 10,000 “skills”, but the Google Home is dedicated to proving its potential in the Smart Home industry.

After a major update, Google Home users can now utilize the Google Assistance to control third-party connected devices from 12 different companies, including Lifx, August, Rachio, Wink, First Alert, TP-Link, Vivint, Frigidaire, Best Buy Insignia, Geeni, Anova and Logitech Harmony.

 

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Examining The August Smart Lock More In-Depth

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.

 

August Pro Smart Home Access System

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Exploring The Five Top Smart Locks On The Market

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

Kwikset Premis Smart Lock

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A Comprehensive Poly-Control Danalock Bluetooth Smart Lock Review

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.


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Kickstarter Campaign Launched Features The BluKey Keyless Entry System

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.

 

BluKey Bluetooth Keyless Entry System

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What Homeowners Need To Know Before Investing In A Smart Lock

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.

 

August Smart Lock Mortise Kit

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How Smart Locks Stand Up To Conventional Locks

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.

 

Kwikset Obsidian Smart Lock

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Taking A More In-Depth Look At The Schlage Sense Bluetooth Deadbolt

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.

 

 

Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt

Shlage Sense Bluetooth Deadbolt

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Using IFTTT To Control Unsupported, Unofficial Third-Party Devices

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.

 

Kwikset Obsidian Smart lock

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Yale Assure Bluetooth Smart Lock Review

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.

 

Yale Real Living Assure Bluetooth Lock

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