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.
Virtual keys can be created and shared with friends, family, co-workers and public service providers at no extra cost. The keys can be given on a permanent or temporary basis.
The August Smart Lock retrofits with a wide array of common deadbolts, offering a DIY or professional installation. To extend the Bluetooth range, just invest in the August Doorbell Cam or August’s Connect Wi-Fi module. This device will act as a Wi-Fi bridge, extending the Bluetooth range significantly.
The August’s Alexa integration already allows users to request Alexa to check the door to see if it locked/unlocked. With the recent update, users will be able to ask Alexa to unlock the door, adding a higher level of functionality that users have been wanting for so long.
The main reason why Amazon delayed this Alexa skill update was because of inherent security concerns. The concerns are with the audible command, which could be utilized by someone standing on the outside of the home. However, August requires users a unique 4-12 digit PIN to disarm the Alexa command.
Another key point is the August 2nd Generation Lock also works with Apple’s Siri-based HomeKit platform. This will give users two voice control access points, but for remote control capabilities, users will need to invest in an Apple TV.
When Alexa is asked to unlock the August Smart Lock, she will immediately ask for the user’s secret PIN, which can be added in the Alexa app.
To learn more about the August Second Generation Smart Lock, please click on the following Amazon link.