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Gadgetry: August Smart Lock


By Albert Ornelas
DIGITAL MEDIA SPECIALIST

This modern twist on the old-fashioned front door lock can lock and unlock the door and keep track of who comes and goes—all from an Apple or Android smartphone.

REALTOR® Safety Month is an ideal time to explore a modern twist on the old-fashioned front door lock. The August Smart Lock, which attaches to an existing deadbolt lock, can be controlled entirely by either Apple or Android smartphone technology.

This door lock for the modern home is not only about keeping the bad guys out but also about allowing the good guys—including family members, friends, and service providers—in. And the lock can be controlled with the August Smart Home App, which enables you to lock and unlock your front door no matter where you are.

With the August Smart Home App, you never need to copy a key again. Your smartphone is now your key. And you can create virtual keys for family members and guests. You can grant access for a few weeks, a few hours, a few minutes, or even for specific dates and times. The 24/7 activity log can schedule when someone will arrive or leave your premises. And you can delete guest access any time in an instant.

All of this can be done using the August Smart Lock with your Apple or Android smartphone. Ask Siri, Amazon Alexa, or the Google Assistant. The August Smart Lock operates through a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) enabled locking mechanism and interacts with the mobile application that activates the security encryption at the launch of the app.

Another convenience is the Auto-Lock and the Auto-Unlock feature. No more fumbling for keys in pockets or purses. August Smart Lock auto-locks behind you for peace of mind and automatically unlocks as you approach. Turn this feature on or off whenever you want.

The August Smart Lock is compatible with all standard deadbolts, attaches to your existing deadbolt on the inside of your door, and can be installed in less than ten minutes. All you need is one August Smart Lock, four AA Batteries, the mounting plate(s), three lock adapters, a Phillips screwdriver, and an Apple or Android smartphone to download the app.

But for if you want a little help, August has developed a network of more than five hundred locksmiths across the United States who have been trained and certified as August installers, and calling one of them is always an option.

The August Smart Lock is made of solid aluminum and has been carefully crafted into a circular shape that fits into the palm of your hand. It is available in two colors, silver or dark gray. Because the lock runs on battery power, no electrical connection is needed. And when it’s time to replace the batteries, you’ll be notified by the August Home App.

The August Smart Lock is part of the August Smart Home Access System. All August Home products work together to make homes simple and secure.

Another popular home safety item these days is the doorbell camera. August Home, Inc., also sells the August Doorbell Cam, which comes with a subscription service called August Video Recording and alerts your smartphone whenever something is happening at your front door.

In June 2017, August Home, Inc., announced that Amazon Alexa now talks to the August Doorbell Cam.

All users need to do is say, “Alexa, show me the front door,” and they will be able to watch live video of visitors outside the door on any Amazon Echo Show.For those who may be unfamiliar with the Amazon Echo Show, it is a video version of the Alexa Echo Dot and Echo Two-Way Smart Speaker products from Amazon.

The ability to control the August Doorbell Cam with Alexa is available immediately through the August Smart Home skill within the Skill section of the Alexa App. All users need to do is pair the August Doorbell Cam with the Alexa App. The service includes thirty days of video history. After the promotion, August Video Recording is available for $4.99 a month or $49.99 for a one-year plan.

To learn more about the August Smart Lock or other August products, visit www.august.com.