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The Level Of Security Provided By The Smart Lock May Determine Its Ability To Survive

Millions of consumers have already taken the plunge to invest in Smart Locks, while others are hesitant to make such a bold move. Many consumers are more at peace with their existing deadbolt, because it provides the necessities to keep their home secure and family safe. With the recent reporting about hackers remotely unlocking Smart Locks, it is no wonder why there is still such a high level of hesitation. Of course, this could actually apply to all connected devices, since they utilize an Android or iOS device as their main command center.


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Amazon Adds Smart Lock Control To Alexa’s Collection Of Native Abilities

Over a week ago, Amazon added a Door Lock Application Program Interface to the Alexa Skills Kit, in an attempt to simplify Smart Lock control for users. This update improved voice commands for Smart Lock partners, including Kwikset, August, Z-Wave, Schlage, Yale and Vivint.

As mentioned in a previous article I’d written, this would simplify the locking process, but due to security vulnerabilities, Amazon decided not to launch unlock support at this time.


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Amazon Unveils New Door Lock API To Simplify Alexa Commands

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.


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QY Research Releases Report On The Evaluation Of The Global Smart Lock Market

A recent report released by QY Research shows an all-inclusive evaluation of the Global Smart Market. The MRS Research Group Smart Lock report is based on facts and statistical, historical and industry-validated data, along with estimated data evaluated with the help of assumptions and set of methodologies.


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Westinghouse RTS Z-Wave Series Biometric Lock, With Fingerprint Reader

When most consumers think of Smart Locks, they think of August, Schlage and Kwikset brands. Westinghouse, an American-based electric company that manufactures electric motors, industrial gas turbines and household products, released its commercial-grade Z-Wave-enabled Smart Lock on September 22, 2016. The Westinghouse RTS Biometric Smart Lock offers universal compatibility with automation networks in commercial settings. The embedded Z-Wave Plus 5202 chipset will allow the lock to communicate with third-party connected devices. However, it does require a Z-Wave-enabled hub to operate remotely.


Westinghouse RTS-Z Smart Lock, With Fingerprint Reader

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Kwikset Kevo Convert Transforms Existing Deadbolts Into A Smart Lock

With an unlimited array of Smart Lock brands on the market, one must question which brand is the best. While this is a question that only the experts can answer, consumers can do their own research and form their own decision. But, why invest in a Smart Lock, when you can invest in a device that will convert your existing deadbolt into a Smart interconnected lock?


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MONI Smart Security Establishes Partnership With August Home

Formerly known as Monitornics, MONI Smart Security established a partnership with August Home, in an effort to expand its commercial and residential customer base. August Home, a leading provider of Smart Locks, has seen much success with its innovative interconnected products. MONI has already partnered with some of the biggest names in the Smart Home industry, including Amazon, Honeywell, Nest and Skybell.


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August Home Announces August Video Recording For Its August Doorbell Cam

One of the leading providers of interconnected products and services, August Home Inc., is back in the news yet again. This time the company is announcing a new service that intertwines with the August Doorbell Cam. The August Video Recording service is available to August customers, who purchased the Doorbell Cam. The service provides users with the ability to replay and download video event clips of visitor interactions and other alerts.


August Doorbell Cam With Video Recording

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New Smart Lock Solution For Australian, Korean, and Japanese Motel Chains And Short-Term Rental Hosts

Smart Locks have taken the world by storm, especially among consumers that own their own home. These devices have gradually made their way into the commercial world, because they offer convenient, secure, and reliable entry options. Millions of homeowners and small rental properties companies have already joined the Airbnb marketplace, with many more expected to follow. Many of these individuals may not live in the same state, country, or providence as their residential and rental property, but they still want to rent out their properties on a short-term basis.

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The August Smart Lock May Just Find Itself Competing With The Aspiring Gate Smart Lock

The August Smart Lock revealed to the world that there were more convenient ways to access your home than with the use of a mechanical key. The lock was released on the market October 14, 2014, with an updated version following a year later. The August lock can now be found in thousands of homes throughout the United States, but it may not be prepared to take on the much-anticipated Gate Smart Lock. This Smart lock is embedded with various components that will enhance its functionality:

  • Two-way speaker system
  • Motion-activated 720p camera
  • LED-lit touch keypad
  • Call button
  • Onboard rechargeable battery pack (4-month run time)
  • Keyway for manual entry

Gate Smart Lock


Gate Labs is the brain behind the Gate Smart Lock, comprised of two former Google engineers. Ehsan Saeedi CEO of Gate Labs hopes the lock will be the access solution that many homeowners have been waiting for, especially for those that spend a lot of time traveling and away from home. Instead of being forced to hand over a mechanical key to the dog walker or plumber, you will be able to provide them with a temporary e-key code or remote access.

Once the Gate app is downloaded to the iOS or android device, homeowners will be able to lock/unlock their front door from anywhere around the world. The “Call Button” will allow unexpected visitors to contact the homeowner and the two-way speaker system will allow the two to communicate. The homeowners will have the option of providing the visitor with a temporary e-code, which can be input into the keypad for instant access.

The tiny 720p camera will provide homeowners will visibility of the area in front of their home. Also, a live-stream video is available, just by accessing the app interface. When the motion sensor is activated, an alert will automatically be transmitted to the app-enabled device. Users will also be alerted when the battery reaches the minimum power level, but just in case you forgot to recharge and the battery is completely dead, the mechanical key will act as the emergency backup.

If you are interested in the Gate Smart Lock, be sure to head over the Indiegogo website. As of today, the campaign has raised $79,289 from 317 backers. You can support this innovative idea also by contributing a small donation or snagging an Early Bird Special, reducing the retail price by as much as 40%.

If you are looking for a good alternative, be sure to check out the Kwikset Smart lock at Amazon today.

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