A new smart doorbell and door lock has hit the market in Australia. The aptly named Doorbell Camera Smart Lock comes courtesy of Lockly, and is designed to help people integrate the front door into the rest of their smart home or smart building setup.
Like other smart locks, the Lockly offering negates the need for physical keys, which can easily be lost or misplaced. The lock itself can be opened with either a PIN code or a biometric fingerprint scan. The keypad is designed to thwart bystanders that try to peek, and the lock reads registered prints with the built-in 3D fingerprint scanner.
Owners can also control the lock with a mobile app on their phones. The app allows them to lock and unlock the door remotely, or set PIN codes that guests can use to gain access to the premises. The app can communicate with the lock as long as there is an internet connection, though the lock does have an offline mode that grants users access to the lock setup as long as they have the proper code. The feature ensures that the lock will still function in areas that do not have an internet connection.
Assuming that the Wi-Fi is working, the Doorbell Camera Smart Lock has a plug-and-play hub feature that makes it easier to find and establish a network connection. It is compatible with other Smart Home systems, which means that homeowners can go through a virtual assistant to lock or unlock their door without using their hands while they are at home.
Finally, the Lockly lock comes with an HD video camera that allows people to monitor their front door in real time. Owners can view the stream from the camera on their smartphone.
Of course, the Doorbell Camera Smart Lock is not the only smart lock currently on the market. For example, Kami, Swann and Tuya have all released smart doorbells with facial recognition capabilities. However, Amazon has come under fire for sharing footage from its own Ring smart doorbell platform with police departments.
Source: Digital Journal