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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Internet of Things is classified as “Smart”, but only with the use of a gateway and Wi-Fi connection. Each has its own language, so it may or may not be able to communicate with the Smart devices connected to a home network. This is where the Smart hub will come into play, because it knows several languages, so it can communicate with innumerable devices.
August Home, a leading provider of Smart Locks, adds yet another product to their Smart Lock lineup. The August Smart Lock Mortise Kit will convert most mortise-style locks and single-cylinder deadbolts, utilized in North America, into a Smart Lock. Mortise locks are commonly utilized in high-rise buildings and newer construction.
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.