AUGUST: The New Smart Lock

Home security systems have always been part of a big market, but now the home automation market is really starting to take off, and surprisingly door locks are becoming the biggest area of interest, especially keyless entries.

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August, the brainchild of Yves Behar and Jason Johnson, combines elements of smartphone technology and deadbolts to design a simple smart lock. The basic way of unlocking an August-equipped door is through an app that pairs with the stylish mechanism via Bluetooth.  It’s capable of operating without an internet connection, and if the batteries die, you can still use the old, everlasting, ever reliable….key.

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August’s encrypted locking technology is safer than keys that can get lost and codes that can be copied. You can control when people have access to your home.  For example you can issue a key that works 24/7 for a family member, or one that works a couple of hours a week only for your cleaning person.  You can see a log of who’s entered and exited, and at what time.  It doesn’t matter if your power, cable or Wi-Fi goes down.  August uses 4 AA batteries that keep it running in any circumstance.  When the batteries get low you’ll get a reminder.  August senses your approach and magically unlocks your door for you, without having to reach for your phone.  It will automatically lock your door behind you so you never have to worry if you left your front door unlocked.  The August smart lock is easy to install.  It replaces the interior portion of your existing deadbolt and does not require you to change your exterior door hardware.

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The lock is made of durable anodized aluminum, LEDs and your choice of color and finish. It does not need an internet connection to work, and Bluetooth technology syncs your phone directly with your August lock.  There’s no need to wire or connect August, it uses standard batteries.

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The August Smart Lock is the safe, simple, and social way to manage your home’s lock. Now you can control who can enter and who can’t, without the need for keys or codes.  You can do all this from the comfort of your smartphone or computer.  The gadget costs $249 will go on sale and be available in Apple Stores this week.

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