Electronic door locks hit the home electronics market a few years ago, and since then have skyrocketed in popularity. Over the years they’ve also gotten smarter, and easier to integrate into a complete home automation package. Naturally, they offer a new level of home protection, but when tied to a home automation system they can also be the “trigger” point for many interesting automation scenarios.
One of the most common features that a home systems integrator can unlock (pardon the pun) is having the smart lock text an alert to you whenever someone disengages it. Since smart locks can be programmed open only when certain preset codes are entered, the text can tell you specifically which code was used to open the door. This way, you’ll be able to confirm if it was the kids, the babysitter, the housekeeper, your mother-in-law or someone else.
Through proper integration of the lock and programming of the automation system, an unlock signal can also trigger certain lights in the house to turn on, motorized draperies to open … anything at all that makes your house feel more welcoming. When you leave and engage the lock, the opposite can happen: all lights off, drapes closed, etc.
Embedded with wireless technologies like Wi-Fi and Z-Wave, electronic locks are able to communicate easily with any other device on these networks, making them a fairly easy addition to your home. They don’t look too shabby, either. New models feature built-in touchscreens and illuminated keypads for aesthetic appeal and improved usability.
Of course, locks will always be a mainstay of a well-secured home, but with new technology built-in, they’re capable of so much more. Be sure to discuss all the options with your home systems integrator.