Smart locks are becoming fairly standard in commercial buildings. That market has sped up the development of the technology, which is finally making headway into the home market. Give us a call if you want to learn more about your smart lock options. Here are a few interesting technologies and products that have recently come on the market.
If you’ve got $1,200 or so to spare, you can get a secure lock that will only let a very exclusive set of people enter your home. Locks that require a code to be entered and a fingerprint scan do just that. We don’t think these are really practical yet for exterior entrances. What are the dog-walker or babysitter going to do? What about houseguests? We do think, however, that these locks could be fantastic for securing secure rooms or spaces in your home. If you’ve got guns, chemicals, valuables, or other things that need to be kept very securely behind a locked door this kind of lock could be an excellent choice.
For around the same price you can also get a facial recognition lock. We’ve seen good and bad reviews of this tech. It seems like a great idea, but some tests show that it isn’t very tough to fool. And if, for some reason, it stops recognizing you, you had better have another way to get into the house. We think we’ll wait for the next generation of this technology before trying it out.
We are fans of the new keypad systems that let you set codes for individuals, put time-limits on those codes, and have other handy features for managing your home and access to it. If someone is going to be coming by and watering the plants while you are on an extended trip, you can give them a code that only works for the three weeks you’ll be gone. Each family member could have their own code. And whenever a change needs to be made, it’s just a matter of a simple reprogramming. No new keys to make, no new locks to install. Give us a call if you’d like to talk more about having this type of security system added to your home.