By David Pate.
If you dig around in your pockets or purse for your keys that just don’t want to be found and then fumble around trying to unlock the door – maybe you should install the August Smart Lock for your front door. You don’t want to know how many times I have had to call a Locksmith or call my friend at 2am for the spare key..
The August Smart Lock is the secure, simple, and social way to manage your home’s lock. Now you can control who can enter and who can’t—without the need for keys or codes. And you can do it all from your smartphone or computer. Now that’s tech savvy. The lock uses Bluetooth to connect to an iOS and Android app on your smartphone – so it’s not limited to one platform or the other.
Not only does it get rid of the search for keys – you can designate special, encrypted smart lock keys for specific friends or family members. With August Smart Lock, you can allow access and deny access at any time – for any period of time.
The smart lock device will not be available for purchase until later in the year, but you can head on over to August’s site to reserve! It is retailing at $199 USD – which doesn’t seem too ridiculous of a price at all. The base station attaches to your door and attaches to your deadbolt. The company claims: “the deadbolt adapters and faceplates accommodate 90% of locks on the market.”
Also, this smart lock uses batteries – which means your lock stays on even if there is a power outage. Sensors will let you know, with indicators, and via email, when the batteries need replacing. You can always use a good old fashioned key as a back up – don’t worry!
Here are some of the fancy features according to August:
August’s encrypted locking technology is safer than keys that can get lost and codes that can be copied.
You can see a Log of who’s entered and exited—and exactly when they did—remotely from your phone or computer.
You control when people have access to your home. For example you can issue a key that works 24/7 for a family member, or one that works a couple of hours a week only for your cleaning person.
It doesn’t matter if your power, cable or Wi-Fi goes down. August has standard batteries that keep it running in any circumstance. When the batteries get low we’ll even send you reminders.