It’s not home if it doesn’t feel safe. We are witnesses to the surge of latest additions in surveillance and safety technologies. The first wave of these found their home, ironically, in the hotels. We all remember the first time we’ve been given a card instead of a key at the reception desk.
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From then on, it’s all about the slots, number pads and digits. These smart door locks have slowly crept into residential buildings, starting with the overall building entrances, and proceeded to “conquer” our homes. Nowadays, these smart door locks, the high-tech features for protecting your home, have become a commonplace.
We’ve gone digital
Smart door lock innovations are happening every day. In order to keep up with this, each one of us has to have at least an elementary knowledge of digital technologies, more specifically – software. The crucial difference between a regular lock and a smart door lock is that we’ve transferred from mechanical to program controlled lock systems.
This might sound like a potentially risky choice – most people tend to be old-fashioned and trust the previous generation of “technology”, something familiar and “reliable”; a programmed system sounds like an unreliable middleman that got stuck in the simple process between a man and a lock.
The operating systems
These days, however, programming has become more reliable than ever. Moreover, even mechanical locks have been known to break or malfunction from time to time. Nowadays, when locks can be controlled via Wi-Fi network, we have to think about staying in touch with the times. Digitalization is towards what the world is heading.
On the one hand, the operating systems between different smart door locks might not be compatible. This might sound reasonable enough – it’s like different locks that work with only one specific key. On the other hand, it doesn’t exactly work that way, especially if you want to include the Wi-Fi control. Make sure that all the locks you own use the same operating system, be it iOS, Android, Windows or some other. The technology has gone as far as to offer a customizable welcoming note on your lock or an optional camera that snaps a photo of the person in front of it.
It’s a brave new world for everyone
Should some sort of malfunction happen, each of us needs a trusted professional who will be there in the blink of an eye and deal with the problem efficiently. Yes, in order to keep the craft alive, most locksmiths have actually diversified and are certified to repair both analog and digital locks across the board.
Most smart locks have to be installed separately from the regular ones; only some can be mounted on an already existing regular one. However, the majority of people tend to opt for the first choice anyway. They find it more prudent to have both locks just in case – an analog alternative if the digital lock stops working. In any case, having a reliable 24-hour locksmith to come to the rescue is always strongly advisable, as in this way you can rest assured that the security of your property is in good hands.
The problem that leads to this – most of the time – is the fact that many of the smart door locks are battery powered. The best way to circumvent potential problems with depleting batteries is to pick a system that can easily be changed, or the one that has an additional external battery as a backup.
This is where most of the industry is trying to find a workaround. Additional features are being brought to the table – like being able to track the movement of people who enter and leave the household, as well as mark the exact time of it. This system might seem too Orwellian to some people, but still, many have embraced it – especially since it can integrate with the entire “smart house ecosystem” that might just lead towards a more energy efficient future.
You don’t want the keys to your kingdom to be easily accessible to everyone. New technology enables us to feel more secure whenever we leave our home. Smart locks are just another puzzle-piece that builds towards an evolution in housing, which is still barely noticeable on the horizon.
By Lillian Connors