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Going keyless: Your smartphone is your key

02/03/2014 @ 1:28pm

The days of fumbling with your keys are over. Virtual key technology is a growing trend, as companies vie for a place in the market. Here are four offerings that are set to release in 2014.


Kwikset Kevo

Kwikset has partnered with UniKey Technologies to develop a deadbolt that communicates with your smartphone to unlock with a simple touch.

“Kevo is a game-changing door lock that uses modern technology and the convenience of touch to evolve the traditional key,” says Greg Gluchowski, president, Hardware and Home Improvement. “It’s something that has never been done before.”

The Bluetooth-enabled deadbolt allows for an entirely new interface for keys. The Kevo mobile app turns your smartphone into an electronic key (eKey) and allows the deadbolt to recognize and to respond to the touch of a finger.

“UniKey’s touch-to-open system creates a platform for how you will interact with locks in the future,” says Phil Dumas, president, UniKey. “By uniquely combining existing mobile and Bluetooth technologies, we’re bringing your front door into the digital age without compromising the look or the security of the lock.”

Kevo includes UniKey’s patent-pending intelligent positioning technology that detects whether an authorized user is inside or outside before granting access. It also uses multiple levels of encryption to increase digital security. The lock contains Kwikset’s patented SmartKey rekey technology.

The app is available for most Apple devices. It is being developed for Android and Blackberry devices.

Suggested retail price of the system is $219.


August Smart Lock

The August Smart Lock replaces the interior portion of your existing deadbolt and does not require you to change your exterior door hardware. You control and manage it from an iOS, Android, or Web app. Bluetooth technology syncs your phone directly with your August Smart Lock. Suggested retail price is $199.


Goji Smart Lock

The Goji Smart Lock fits over your current lock on the outside of the door, which means you will need to replace your entire locking system. Two features the others don’t have are an LED screen that displays a greeting when entering or leaving and a built-in camera that takes a photo of the person activating the lock. Retail price is $278.


Lockitron

The Lockitron fits directly over the deadbolt on the back of your door. It works with any smartphone using a mobile Web app that lets you lock and unlock your door with a tap. The lock has built-in WiFi, so it can send you notifications no matter where you are. You get keyless entry if you own an iPhone 4S or 5, since the lock recognizes when you walk up via Bluetooth 4.0. Suggested retail price is $179.

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