For several years now, each of the parts of our home has been adapting, with greater or lesser success, to modern times. How? Digitizing even more processes: light bulbs, blinds, plugs, etc. All this is done under the nickname of “intelligent” – for example, smart light bulb – and, among the most curious uses of home automation, are smart locks .
Electronic or smart locks have been on the market for a while and are becoming more common in modern homes. These, as a general rule, facilitate the opening and closing of our doors , in addition to giving some more possibilities, and even not worrying about carrying the keys with us.
Now, keep in mind that a smart lock does not make the home a safer place , at least not by itself. Simply, as we have mentioned before, it facilitates the closing and opening of our house.
At Consumption Claro we explain what exactly they are, their advantages and disadvantages and we suggest some interesting models.
What is a smart lock
Smart locks are the logical evolution of traditional locks. Far from what we might believe, these types of locks are analog with Internet connectivity.
This smart lock basically expands the ways in which we can open or close a door, since it will not be necessary to have the key or put it in the lock, but rather we can open it from the mobile . In addition, in many models, we can do it both from the door itself and from several kilometers away.
Now, what happens if there is a blackout or our internet goes down? Actually, nothing. Smart locks do not make the use of keys impossible . As we have mentioned, it only gives us more options.
Smart locks can be distinguished between different types based on two parameters:
Depending on the installation. They can be substitutes, which completely replace the traditional one and require total installation, or complementary, which are usually installed on the lock and open (or close) it from the inside.
According to the opening system. Within this cataloging, we can differentiate:
- Biometrics: these work with our fingerprint, so we will have to place them every time we want to open the door.
- Wifi: the most common, we use an app from the mobile to open or close our house.
- Invisible: this can be considered a subcategory of Wi-Fi, since it is usually opened from the mobile or using a card. The difference is that they are smart locks that try to hide in plain sight.
Advantages of smart locks
Why are these types of locks becoming popular? Because they offer different advantages over analog ones, although there are three of them that stand out among the rest:
- Most lock applications allow you to create “schedules” and user profiles. In this way, we can set an arrival time for some of the cohabitants -something ideal if we have children-. In addition, many also allow us to open the house wherever we are, so it can get us out of trouble if we have a visitor and we do not arrive for whatever reason.
- Through the app, we can check if the door is closed or open , so we will save more than one scare.
- If we lose the keys or we leave them inside , if we can access our house from the mobile. In the same way that if we lose our terminals, we can ask someone for the phone or a computer to enter our user profile and thus open the door.
Disadvantages of smart locks
Of course, this type of lock also offers some disadvantages that must be taken into account:
- Like any other electronic device, smart locks have programmed obsolescence , that is, they have a lifespan determined by the manufacturer. Once this comes to an end, they will have to be changed. At the same time, most models have batteries, so from time to time, we will have to renew them.
- If the electronic lock has a keyboard, depending on the material, there is a possibility that the numbers begin to fade with use. This means that, if our access is a numerical code, the keys used can be distinguished. Something that may pose a security risk.
- Like any other aspect of home automation, the use of smart locks is subject to software updates . If the lock is stopped being updated because, for example, the manufacturer goes bankrupt, then it will eventually stop working.
- In addition, it is sensitive to computer attacks .
Some models of smart locks
Nuki Smart Lock 3.0
This is one of the best-selling locks on the market, especially among iPhone or Alexa users. This smart lock’s main feature is “automatic opening”: every time the lock detects, via Bluetooth, that the mobile is nearby, it will open by itself. It also allows you to create different profiles and keep track of entries and exits, so that we will know who is in our home at all times.
Ruveno smart lock
This smart lock offers us, according to the manufacturer, a 3-in-1 model: it can be opened both with the keys -traditional model-, as well as with the mobile app or Bluetooth -wifi- and with our fingerprint -biometric-. An advantage of this Ruveno lock is that it does not save any data in the cloud: inside it we find a small hard drive that is where the information is stored; this helps us prevent hacking.
ZKTeco smart lock
A complete option and, in addition, compatible with both Alexa and Google Home. This ZKTeco lock allows us to open the house in many ways: with the phone, with a fingerprint, with a PIN password and, obviously, with traditional keys. It has an “extra” security for the PIN code: it allows us to enter random numbers before and after entering the real digits, so that we can “fool” possible onlookers.