FAQ: Everything You Need to Know About Smart Locks
Find Out How to Design a Successful Access Control Solution for Your Home
There are a variety of smart locks and access control solutions to choose from these days. Some give you the option of swiping your smartphone, using a mobile app, or entering a code to unlock the front door. Others let you access your system remotely and include two-way communication so you can see who’s at the door and interact with them. Below we answer some common questions so you can figure out which features make the most sense for your New York property.
What is the difference between smart locks and access control?
In the simplest of terms, smart locks are a component of access control. While you can purchase standalone smart locks to upgrade your home’s deadbolts, most often they’re used as part of an integrated access control solution. For example, Schlage Connect locks can link up with your home automation and alarm systems. When you enter your code in, the door unlocks, your security system disarms, and the lights turn on in your entry way.
How Do You Want to Control Your Locks?
There are a lot of options when it comes to managing your locks. You can use personalized access codes, mobile apps, voice control, or even biometric data like fingerprints or eye retinas. By working with a professional, you can design an access control solution that incorporates all your favorite options.
There are also a variety of ways you can see who’s at the door and let them in. You can use a mobile app, door stations, entry monitors, and video phones. Seidle even offers wireless video phones so you can stay on the move while you figure out who’s at the door.
Do You Want to Include Two-Way Communication?
You can invest in an access control solution that includes audio and video so you can see who’s at the door and communicate with them. Once you’ve spoken with whoever’s at the door, you can use that same app, entry monitor, or touchpad to let them in. If you have more than one smart lock on your property, you can use video entry monitors to manage all your entry points. Comelit entry monitors, for example, make it easy to swipe the screen to access video images for various access points and choose which you want to interact with.
Is Your Smart Lock As Safe as a Regular Lock?
After a study came out last year stating that almost 75 percent of smart locks could be hacked, there was reasonable suspicion when it came to this technology. But many of the security risks associated with smart locks can be resolved by using a professional. House Systems can help you prevent hacks in the following ways:
- Secure Your Network: We upgrade your router security settings, change your default network name and password, create dedicated VLANS, and install extensive firewalls.
- Prevent Tampering: Many smart locks like the Kwikset Kevo include tamperproof features. You receive a notification if anyone tries to access or damage your lock.
- Buy the Right Locks: Work with a professional that knows which are the most trusted brands and avoid using Bluetooth locks if possible, as they are the most vulnerable.
If you’re ready to upgrade your locks with the latest smart technology, House Systems can design a custom access control solution that meets your unique needs and preferences. To get started, contact us online to set up a consultation.