In the world of mobile technology, there’s an application for almost anything that you want to do. You can play games, identify songs on the radio and even watch movies. Pull out your mobile phone and you can take notes, set reminders and get directions. If you’re like most people across the country, you’d be lost without your phone. If you’ve ever locked your keys in your house, left them in your desk drawer or misplaced them while shopping, your mobile device can now help you gain entry into your home. Here are new deadbolt apps that will eliminate your need for house keys altogether.
New Deadbolt Apps for your Smartphone
The LiNK system, by lock giant Schlage, sells a special deadbolt device that you can unlock with your cell phone. The technology works across both the iOS and Android platforms and is more useful than you may think. If you have a friend coming to stay, you can text them a virtual key that they can use to enter your home. Your kids can call you on their way home from school and you can unlock the house for them from wherever you are. The virtual keys that you send can be set to expire after a certain period of time or can be stored indefinitely.
Just like the LiNK system, Lockitron is a deadbolt kit that allows users to remotely access their home from their mobile device. The system is manufactured by Apigy Inc. and works with almost any type of entry door, allowing homeowners to enter their homes with the tap of an icon. Users can use their “key” from anywhere in the world, unlocking their house for the pet sitter, house sitter or even emergency services if need be.
Sold for under $200, this is one of the most affordable systems on the market, though it is not available for individual purchase as of now. The system also comes with a physical key in the event of a power failure in your home or dead batteries in the mechanism. Like with other systems, you can send a virtual key to anyone you choose for as long as you choose.
While these digital keys are an obvious step forward in our modern world, they aren’t without their drawbacks. Users will have to maintain a set of physical keys in case of power failure and, because the system works with your home’s WiFi signal, you will have to maintain an internet connection. If you’ve been dragging your feet on adding WiFi to your network, you’ll have no choice if you want to utilize a digital key system.
Physical drawbacks aside, many people worry that a digital key system will make it easier for thieves to enter your home. In truth, a digital entry system makes your home no more at risk than a traditional lock and key mechanism. If a thief wants to break into your home, they’ll find a way in. If you want to try out one of these gadgets on your own home, you can feel perfectly safe in doing so.
Sheri Bivens is a guest writer for locksmith.net where you can find the best locksmith Houston, TX.