Home Tech Q4 '19


Technology has made a lot of things redundant: high street travel agents, DVD players, doing a ‘big shop’ at the weekends... And with the advent of smart locks on our homes, we can now consign great big bunches of keys to the technological history books, too. Here are five of the best keyless entry systems.

▲ Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt Z-WAVE PLUS
Schlage smart locks work with your Amazon Alexa-enabled devices via a compatible hub. Lock your door with a hands-free speaker like the Amazon Echo or check its locking status using the Amazon Alexa app on your smartphone. Alexa? make life easier please!

▲ August Smart Lock 3rd Generation Keyless Door Lock
One of the slicker looking devices on the list, you can lock and unlock your door from anywhere and give secure digital keys to guests, all from your phone. August Smart Locks attach to your existing deadbolt so you can still use your keys. August automatically unlocks when you arrive and locks when you leave. And of course you can control your August Smart Lock with your voice.

▲ Nest and Yale Lock
The Nest x Yale Lock combines Yale’s 177 years of experience with Nest’s industry-leading connected home technology. Lock or unlock your door from your phone, give passcodes out to friends and family, never lose a key again, and it looks pretty nifty, too.

▲ Kwikset Kevo Bluetooth Smart Lock
If you’re not quite ready to say goodbye to your keys for good, the Kevo might be a good option for you. You can use a key, but you can also use the one touch Bluetooth connected option and tap your phone to get in and out of the house. Other features include notifications when the kids get home, and the ability to send people an ‘ekey’ if you want someone to check in while you’re away.

▲ Yale Assure Lock Touchscreen Deadbolt with Z-Wave
If you’re not quite ready to go fully wireless, you can go for this super strong lock that lets you lock and unlock your door using the backlit touchscreen keypad. The lock can also be integrated with many home automation and alarm systems.