Monday, November 18, 2013

Is Bluetooth Keyless Home Entry Right For You?

Keyless home entry sounds cool, but it may not be the right solution for everybody. Cool gadgets can be nice, but is it worth the extra cost? While you can get traditional deadbolts for less than $30, keyless locks command higher prices. To address this important question, here are a few scenarios that may benefit from a Bluetooth lock.

Families

Large families have many people coming in and out of their homes. Rather than having a bunch of keys floating around, it may make sense to rely on digital keys with family and their friends coming and going.

Large Homes

Owners of large homes often rely on contractors that require frequent access to their properties. Giving them a physical key works, but it's hard to control. Digital keys and access logs make Bluetooth deadbolt locks a viable solution that offers enhanced control over access to your home.

Lots of Guests

Whether you are an Empty Nester with children and grandchildren coming in and out of your home or you are a twenty-something professional with college buddies frequently coming through town, if you have a lot of transient guests then the flexibility offered by digital keys may be an ideal alternative to several copies of keys.

Property Management

As a condo owner, I understand how problems can arise with the use of mechanical combination locks to nt enter secured properties. Over time, residents give the code out. While this may be innocent, over time this can lead to a compromised security situation. The digital keys and activity monitoring may enhance the security of managed properties.







Vacation Rentals

For owners of vacation rentals, relying on key or combination entry can be burdensome in terms of security. The ability to send digital keys that expire and monitor activity as well as the adding other features like a digital guestbook can improve the security and enhance the relationship with guests. 


Businesses

Businesses rely on deadbolts for security just like homeowners. And just like families, business owners may have several employees coming and going from secured areas like cash offices and file rooms. Adding a Bluetooth lock to access locations may allow for more flexible control and the ability to monitor access that other options do not permit.

Monday, November 11, 2013

The Keyless Deadbolt: What Are Your Options?

The deadbolt has evolved over the years, from the traditional key entry to the now coming era of Bluetooth deadlocks. While this blog has focused on the latest technological innovation in deadbolt design, keyless entry has been around for some time now. The keyless concept is indeed a practical need for many. The ability to share and have flexibility in access is a useful feature for many homeowners and businesses. And while past posts have discussed the Bluetooth-enabled options, I think now is the time to step back and discuss all four options of keyless entry that are available to you.


Lockey 3210MG Marine Grade Keypad

Mechanical Keypad

The oldest technology in keyless entry, the mechanical keypad lock is the equivalent of a combination lock fitted to your deadbolt. This deadbolt ushered in the age of keyless locks, finding a niche for businesses that required wide access. The benefit of the mechanical deadbolt is that it does not require batteries. This means that it does not require a key override in case of battery failure, so you can rely solely on the combination for access, which can be changed as needed. Since deadbolts can be compromised by lock picking techniques, this may be considered an added benefit for some. 

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E-Digital E-910R Electronic Deadbolt with Remote Control








Electronic/Digital Keypad

Electronic, or digital, keypad deadbolts were the next generation following mechanical deadbolts. While functionally similar in using key codes, the additional flexibility with using electronic technology was an advancement. Primarily, the ability to use a remote control makes the electronic keypads a little more convenient than traditional and mechanical keypad deadbolts.

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WiFi

WiFi has been a more recent technological innovation for deadbolt locks. These locks use keys, fobs and security codes like the types mentioned above. But what sets this line apart is the integration of the Internet to remotely control the locks from anywhere using your computer, tablet or smartphone. This technology allows you to grant access to anyone and monitor whether the door is locked from anywhere.

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Kevo by Kwikset

Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)

Bluetooth 4.0, or Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) is the latest technological innovation to be integrated into deadbolts. BLE offers the most advanced Bluetooth technology. Combining much of the same functionality as the WiFi locks, Bluetooth deadbolts offer many advanced features that are not available in prior generations of deadbolt technology.

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