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.
Apple submitted an application to the FCC last fall for a wireless, low-powered device, as it is described in the application. Of course, rumors were running wild that the device could be an AirPort router or new version of the Apple TV, but no one could put their finger on what the device could be.
Many consumers prefer used products to new products, because they are sold at half the original cost. Of course, there are some risks that go along with investing in used products, but overall it is genuinely a save investment. However, this cannot be said about used Smart Locks and other Smart Home gadgets, such as thermostats, doorbells and cameras. These devices have a companion app, which acts as the remote control, giving users the ability to create rules to control the device.
In order to utilize the companion app, it must first be downloaded to an iOS or Android device. In some cases, the process will require the creation of a personal account, with a unique PIN. This will require inputting your personal information and if the app utilizes geofencing to find your location, your home address may also be exposed.
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.
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
Bolting your bike to a rack just isn’t enough to keep it safe. Of course, you can always throw in a traditional combination bike lock into the equation, but this will only delay the process.
A group of engineers from South Korea think they have the solution and that would be the Bisecu Smart Bike Lock. The lock utilizes a Bluetooth 4.0 chipset to communicate to the connected phone. It features a 100dB audible alarm, accelerometer, waterproof design, military grade encryption, gyroscope and patent-pending locking mechanism. If a thief tampers with the lock, an alert will be transmitted to the connected phone and the audible alarm will be activated. This will alert the owner and the people in close vicinity of the event.
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.