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What Is a Smart Lock?

Keys have been with us for a long time. The ancient Egyptians were the first to secure their doors with keyed locks—with the first instance of a lost key doubtless occurring soon after.

While lock technology has always evolved, only recently did it become smart enough to ditch those keys altogether. Thanks to smart home security technology, we can now enjoy keyless convenience with better awareness and control of who enters our homes.

What does a smart lock do?

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An smart lock, such as the new Yale Assure lock pictured here, gives you keyless access control from its numerical keypad or from your phone.

It also offers smartphone alerts about who's coming and going, and automatic triggering of other smart devices like your lights and security system. You can unlock and lock it from your couch, your car or from work.

Goodbye keys; hello smarter front door.

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Why choose an smart lock?

Installed as part of an security system, a smart lock gives you the following:

1: Smarter user codes. lets you retire your spare keys and replace them with four-digit user codes for family and trusted visitors.

It's easy to create a code for each of your kids, your dog walker, or a contractor who needs access. Unlike a spare key, you can easily delete a user code or give it an expiration date.

2: Awareness and peace of mind. smart locks can generate smartphone alerts when people unlock the door with their user code.

If your kids come home before you do, you can get an alert every day when they arrive. can even send you an unexpected activity alert if your door is unlocked at a strange time.

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3: Voice-controlled security. With, you can lock up at night simply by talking to your Google Home or Amazon Echo device.

With our updated Skill for Alexa, you can securely unlock your doors too, using a Secure Command with a four-digit PIN.

4: Scenes automation. It's easy to include an smart lock into a Scene, where a single command controls many devices.

Activate our pre-set Away Scene, for example, and your security system arms, your front door locks and your garage closes, giving you a smoother getaway from home. —with the first instance of a lost key doubtless occurring soon after.

How do I get smart locks?

Upgrade your front door as part of a professionally delivered smart home security system from an service provider. Our service providers carry a range of best-in-breed smart locks, built by trusted hardware manufacturers including Kwikset, Yale and Schlage.

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