How to Be Smart About Smart Locks

How to Be Smart About Smart Locks

4 Essential features that your smart door locks should have

by Lily Dixon

Safe, efficient and futuristic. These are just a few words that can be used to describe smart door locks. Many homeowners are ditching traditional keys in place of smart systems that allow for keyless entry. But with so many options in the market, how can you know that you've made the right purchase?

It's first important to have an idea of what smart door locks are. These locks essentially transmit and receive data from a mobile device. Such a device may be your smartphone, a key fob or a keypad attached to the lock itself. Signals can be sent to the lock to trigger an opening or closing motion as necessary.

There are four important features that your smart door locks should have.

1. Instant notification when doors are locked/unlocked

For your smart locks to be a truly safe option for the home, they should be able to send notifications straight to your mobile phone/tablet. You can set these notifications to be sent out anytime the doors are opened/closed so as to monitor movement patterns in your home.

This feature also allows you to control the door locks when you're away. For example, if you forgot to lock the door on your way to work, you can simply access the application on your mobile phone and arm the door locks remotely.

2. Bluetooth/Biometric connectivity with digital displays

There are many ways through which smart locks can receive signals. Most initial models would use radiofrequency signals (RFID) to open or close the locks. While useful, more efficient signalling technologies are now available. For example, Bluetooth signals have a wider range of connectivity, and they allow you more control options for the locks.

Bluetooth locks may also come with digital displays that give you access to a wide variety of features.

3. An integrated alarm system in case of tampering

Another important feature for your smart locks is an integrated alarm system. The alarm system should be automatically triggered if anyone tampers with your door locks. For example, when forced entry is attempted, the alarm should go off and notify you (as well as others who may be nearby).

4. Activity logs to keep track of entry/exit patterns over time

Your smart locks should also keep a log of when your doors were opened or closed. The log should be stored within a mobile application where you can retrieve it when needed. The log comes in handy when determining who's been entering your home and at what times. 

For more information, contact your local locksmiths service today.


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How to Be Smart About Smart Locks

I just thought my front door lock had to be strong. I didn’t know it could be smart. My old lock became so secure that it just plain fused into the locked position. Secure, but not convenient. When I knew I had to upgrade (unless I permanently wanted to use the back door), I was surprised to learn just how many different kinds of smart locks are on the market, and how they’re not as expensive as I thought. The locksmith quickly installed a new lock, one that allowed me to open it with my smartphone and even had a video intercom (fantastic for when I want to pretend I’m not at home). But there are so many different types of smart locks, with many different capabilities, so it was great to find all the information compiled on a single website so I could make an informed decision.