Smart locks add a level of convenience, as they let you leave your keys behind and grant access to guests remotely. Unfortunately, many of them are bulky, and often use a Bluetooth connection, which could require a separate hub. With the announcement of the Wi-Fi Smart Lock, August wants to address these issues, with a more compact device that connects directly to the Internet.
Owners of the August Doorbell Cam and Doorbell Cam Pro are now able to review captured video for 24 hours. The new feature could add significant value to August's offerings, considering saving video to review later was previously an exclusively paid feature.
"A smart lock?! No, I'll never trust the security of my home to anything smart!" That was my thought until I sat down and considered the potential benefits: unlocking remotely for someone you trust (children who get home early from school, or visiting relatives waiting for you while you're stuck in traffic) or in case of emergency (fire, water leak), locking remotely if you forgot to or think you may have forgotten, checking the log of activity and being notified in case of suspicious unlocks, and the mere fact of using your keys less means you're less likely to lose or misplace them.
There are a few smart home device types that your Google Assistant/Home can control natively. Lights, plugs and switches, and thermostats were some of the first, but recently we've seen the addition of dryers, washers, dishwashers, vacuums, fridges, and even scenes. However, one type of device I've been personally waiting for are smart locks. Up until now, all smart locks were, uhm, locked into using the Assistant apps for integration, and not the native smart home capability. So users of August locks had to "ask August to lock the door," and those with Vivint had to "ask Vivint if the door is locked," for example.
Assa Abloy, the world's largest lock and access company, already sells smart home products through its Yale brand (one of the world's most recognized lock makers), but now it wants to expand that part of the business. And that's exactly what it's doing, with the announcement of a deal to purchase fledgling US smart lock firm August Home, known for its smart locks and doorbells with cameras.
August Home initially announced its new Doorbell Cam Pro a few weeks back, but as of today, it's now shipping. Whether you pre-ordered one after the announcement, or you're only just starting to consider a smart doorbell, now you won't have to wait to pick one up. This new 'Pro' model also has a few new features worth considering over the original Doorbell Cam.