How Smart Locks Are Changing Security
A Q&A with Lockly
Q: What elements are most important in an efficient smart lock system?
A: The most important element in a smart home and certainly in any smart lock system is the security aspect. Technologies such as fingerprint sensors and the ability to share a unique code is seen in residential homes and rental listings as a form of security, as well as convenience. Convenience is being able to use a fingerprint to access your home in the same way most of us have locked and unlocked our smartphones for years, but on a larger scale, for one of the most highly valued investments in your life. Reliability is another priority element in delivering users an efficient and trustworthy system for their needs. Extended battery life upwards of 10 months or more, the shareability of access codes, and no WiFi needed to function are some of the disruptive reasons why LOCKLY is now leading the industry by becoming a reliable smart lock for home and business owners.
Q: What are the benefits of a smart lock when there are multiple family members or office employees?
A: Smart locks can allow family members to easily monitor who is coming and going at all times with the use of a mobile app. A smartphone-friendly smart lock gives home and business owners the ability to add or remove eKeys, as well as provide unique codes for visitors, employees, and service providers. Users can have peace of mind knowing they’re able to check the door lock status, receive tamper notifications and more, from anywhere via their smartphone. Smart locks are reimagining the accessibility and convenience of technology at your fingertips.
Q: What innovative technologies can we expect in the future from smart lock brands?
A: We will definitely continue to see more integration with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and HomeKit over the next few years. The category of smart video doorbells has also seen an uptick in the last year or so with innovations such as LOCKLY Vision, an industry first that combines a highly secure smart lock with an HD video camera that streams live footage to any iOS or Android mobile device. Having multiple smart home devices cluttering your front door that requires extra installation and multiple platforms is not the 2021 way of doing things. LOCKLY Vision was developed as an all-in-one solution for homeowners, business owners, and rental property managers. It offers a combination of LOCKLY’s award-winning security features such as a 3D biometric fingerprint sensor and PIN Genie technology® (randomized digital keypad), with a built-in microphone and HD video camera, to serve as the property’s first line of security.
Q: How can businesses specifically benefit from the ease of use with smart locks?
A: With an efficient smart lock system, business owners can set time restrictions for access in the building or office, as well as helps reduce the risk of lost or stolen keys. Whether it’s being used for buildings, Airbnb, VRBO, or in multifamily homes, LOCKLY’s devices work in conjunction with the LOCKLY Access Portal to efficiently manage all of one’s smart locks and properties in one easy-to-use platform.
Q: With summer vacation for students around the corner, should homeowners with kids consider different smart lock features than those without kids?
A: Families should consider installing a smart lock with multiple points of access because, in the case of an emergency, there will be more than one way to unlock or lock the door with ease. Today’s ability to install smart locks gives potential burglars limited to no entry options through the deadbolt, helping guard your property and family no matter the time of year or season. Both groups of homeowners can take their security measures up a notch with a video smart lock that provides visibility of the front door via a mobile device, so everyone can feel safe while at home.
Q: Is a smart lock that is professionally installed more secure than a smart lock that has a DIY installation?
A: The type of installation is not a determining factor in the security of your smart lock system. This is a personal choice that does not impact the overall safety of the home and most smart locks available on the market will offer instructions to set it up all on your own. LOCKLY smart locks include an easy guide and the option to download the BILT app for step-by-step directions with images. In most cases of DIY installation, there are smart locks that can be attached to the existing deadbolt systems as an added layer of security. There is also the option of completely replacing your system so your new smart lock serves as the door’s only deadbolt. DIY Installation for most smart locks should take no more than 20-30 minutes, however when adding multiple smart locks or if you are living in an apartment, you can consider hiring a professional to properly install your devices for extra peace of mind.
Q: How can a smart lock be an effective addition to rental properties from an owner and a renter perspective?
A: Due to the popularity of businesses like Airbnb©, with the use of one’s smartphone, rental property owners are able to offer instant help to renters while still being able to securely control the door’s access, from anywhere in the world. Smart locks are a renter-friendly solution that requires minimal work from the renter’s perspective and convenience for the homeowner as they can change eKeys after every guest, give access to service providers such as groundskeepers and delivery workers, and more.
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