What is a smart lock?
Smart locks are the easier way to securely control access to the properties you look after and the easier way for users to access them
Smart locks have an electromechanical element which enables the lock to be interacted with through other technologies, such as a smartphone app.
There are two main types of smart lock - adapted smart door locks which utilise the existing lock and simply add smart technology, and native smart door locks which require a completely new lock to be installed that has smart capabilities.
The type of smart lock you choose means the smart lock will look different. Adapted smart door locks look the same as traditional locks whereas native smart door locks are larger and more noticeable.
Depending upon requirements, there will be use cases where smart locks work well.
If you’re thinking about getting a smart lock, you can find out how much a smart lock costs for your property.
Traditional locks require a physical key to take a lock and unlock action. Therefore someone needs to be present in order to insert the key into the lock and physically turn the key. This process has been the same since locks were first invented.
Smart door locks
Smart door locks are more suited to today’s world, where flexibility is cherished.
The fundamentals of a smart lock are still the same as with a traditional lock - the smart door lock is able to lock and unlock a door. The major difference is that it also includes a ‘smart’ component so the lock can be controlled from your phone, through smart technology or an integrated smart system.
Discover more about the components of a smart lock.
Flexibility, control and convenience
Smart door locks enable you to interact with your lock in a more flexible way, thereby giving you and those responsible for the lock far greater control and convenience of who can lock and unlock it.
Smart door locks and access control
Smart door locks and access control is often talked in relation to specific properties or venues, for example:
- Short let properties
- Commercial and retail units
- Shared spaces such as halls, gyms and studios
These venues have a higher footfall than a standard residential home and different people will likely require different levels of access, quite possibly at different times. In these situations, having an access control solution as a process to manage access to the location means the benefits of smart door locks multiply substantially.
Adapted smart door locks
The beauty of adapted smart door locks is that they look the same as your existing locks - they are after all, just your existing locks but with a ‘smart’ component added to them to make them smarter.
For example, a Klevio device would be installed at the property but this is a small, discreet unit that can be hidden far from the door itself, so the locks won’t look any different to how they are now.
Native smart door locks
Native smart door locks usually look a lot larger than a traditional lock and often include an input mechanism such as a keypad. In addition, they include a battery and the lock mechanism.
The input mechanism would be placed on both sides of the door and so it becomes more prominent than a traditional lock.
How much does a smart lock cost?
To find out how much a smart lock solution is for your specific requirements, please go to our price calculator.