A smart lock is by far the most important part of a truly modern, connected smart home. Not only do smart locks allow you to come and go as you please, it also provides the added security of monitoring who enters your home and when for additional security. Some models simply let you use your phone to open and close doors while others let you assign special privileges to friends, family members, or maintenance staff. There are even models of smart locks that can be activated using voice commands or triggers from other smart devices and services.
One of the first things you’ll want to realize about the smart lock will usually be the price difference, but don’t let that scare you off.Although a smart lock cost more than the standard-issue lock you can pick up at the local hardware store you can always find a lock that will fit your budget that comes with less features. For a lock that you can control from anywhere, with features such as voice commands, push and email notifications, and tamper alarms, expect to pay somewhere in the $200-$300 price range.
Many smart locks offer a mobile app that allow you to lock and unlock doors with a simple icon tap and others can integrate into a app on your desktop or tablet. Most apps let you add permanent and temporary users and set access schedules for specific days and times. This kind of control not only provides peace of mind to yourself, but allows friends and family safe access and a sense of security knowing that intruders can be easily detected.
The latest smart locks offer things like voice activation, geofencing, and auto-locking features. With voice activation, you no longer needs keys as voice recognition will distinguish the sound of your voice and issue commands such as locking and unlocking doors. With geofencing, you’ll never have to worry if you locked up before you left the house; just use the mobile app to set up a perimeter around your house, and use your phone’s location services to pinpoint your exact location. When you leave the your home, office, or apartment, the app will automatically signal the lock and make sure that your home or office remains secure. Similarly, an auto-lock feature will have the lock automatically engage after it has been unlocked for a specific period of time.