The Smart Lock That is Rethinking Home Security
The smart lock industry is changing the demands in tech and security. A smart lock is simply a lock that interacts with your smartphone, and integrates with other smart devices. The control that a user has over their smart lock will depend on the specific brand and product. Some can open the lock within a certain proximity to the door with Bluetooth signaling. Others use WiFi communication to be able to open the lock from anywhere in the world. The possibilities seem pretty endless for the applications and integration of these particular smart devices, but what is possible is not the same as what is available.
The Story So Far
Before we can start talking about re-imagining a marketplace, it is important to give a bit of background on the existing status quo. Currently, the smart locks, which are available for consumers to purchase, are made by established lock brands such as Schlage.
So I could add to the blog post: There are specific models in the Kwikset, Baldwin and Yale product line which have the added advantage of integration with a Crestron® control system, allowing doors to be locked and unlocked from any touch screen in the house or remotely from your computer or mobile device. The most prominent and successful smart lock brand that does not have an established presence in the security community is the August Smart Lock. Other smart locks that have been available for purchase are either no longer manufactured, or not manufactured yet. There are some cars that come standard with pre-programmed tech, which allows a phone to unlock car doors, but this trend has yet to transfer over to residential doors. There are still many smart locks you can pre-order. That means you can pay for them before they truly exist.
The Haven Door Lock
All of the locks that exist have one thing in common. At the end of the day, they are a standard lock with a few more bells and whistles. They are updating existing technology, certainly. But they are not rethinking it. But,the Haven Door Lock is.
When you think of a lock, you think of a keyhole on a door. With other smart locks, the keyhole may only be on one side, or it may be obscured slightly, but it will have a lock cylinder that can be opened by a physical key. Not the Haven. The locking mechanism is not accessible from outside of the home, and a physical key will do you no good.
Where an average lock will extend a bolt into the frame of the door, the Haven rests on the leaf of the door (the path that it takes when the door swings towards you). It is not placed on the door itself. Essentially it works by elevating a small steel barrier to secure the door from the bottom. This is different from something like a barrier that may rest in the middle of the door (similar to those used to secure castle doors). The bottom of the door is the strongest part of the entryway. By securing this point, the user has strategically increased their security.
This type of technology could not exist before the time of wireless data transmission. The device cannot be opened unless you have the correct wireless key, or unless you are inside the home. With a foot press release, the user can elevate and lower the locking barrier without the use of their smart device. This is perfect for quick egress in times of emergency as well as added convenience for anyone who wants to quickly open their door without grabbing their phone. The lock can also work with a fob, so you do not have to use a smartphone.
The real way that this lock is re-imagining home security is by preventing forced entry while simultaneously making surreptitious entry (lock picking, lock bumping, bypassing, etc.) next to impossible. Criminals will need brand new methods to commit their burglaries, and if the software is ever hacked, the physical lock cylinders are not going to open. The door’s protections will not be completely undone by the compromising of the smart lock. These features make the Haven a good home automation investment.
Is this the future?
To learn anything about the future, you have to turn to the past. For the past is only the future with the lights on. What this means to the consumer is that perhaps the Haven Company itself will not be the one to produce the final product that takes the market by storm, but they have certainly introduced a new idea into the security world. I believe this is a jumping off point for further advancement. Innovation is still innovation, even if it takes the world a while to catch up.
A lag in consumer interest is mainly due to the fact there is no guarantee that the product will see the light of day. All it will take is a recognizable company or person exploring this idea in a more public way, and then it will begin to catch on. Just like the electric car and self-driving technology, people want it, but in order to buy it, the product needs to be affordable and readily available. Once those issues are solved, this style of lock will start to become the new norm and a staple in smart homes.