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August Updates Smart Locks

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August presents a pair of smart locks-- the Smart Lock Pro and the next generation Smart Lock, both featuring DoorSense, a sensor allowing the locks to detect whether the door is open or closed.

August lockAs one might expect from the name, the Smart Lock Pro is the full-featured August smart lock offering. It supports wifi via included Connect bridge, as well as Bluetooth, HomeKit and Z-Wave Plus. It also includes Active Monitoring, a service providing users with "smarter" alerts for any activity at the door, including the aforementioned DoorSense feature.

Meanwhile the regular Smart Lock is a lower-cost version offering basic functionality, if with the addition of DoorSense to ensure the door is securely closed and locked.

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The Smaller Otto Smart Lock

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Startup Otto presents a different take on the smart lock-- the Otto Lock, a circular device much smaller than most other smart locks currently available on the market.

Otto LockFounded by former Microsoft, Apple and Nokia employees, Otto hopes aesthetics will be enough to draw customers to its smart lock. It is around the size of a standard lock, has no keyhole and offers all expected smart features. To unlock the door, users can simply tap the lock with their smartphone within Bluetooth range.

One can also rotate the Otto Lock like a combination lock to punch in a PIN in case their phone is dead, or unlock it remotely via companion app and wifi connectivity. Home automation support is not included on launch, but the maker says it will be adding Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit support later on.

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Schlage Smart Deadlock Works With Android

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Android-using customers get another smart door lock option-- the Schlage Smart Deadbolt. The company also launches the Sense Wifi Adapter, a means to remotely control the smart lock.

Schlage lockAs the flagship Schlage smart lock, the Smart Deadbolt was previously only compatible with iDevices. The companion smartphone app allows users to create up to 30 unique access codes, schedule when said codes are use and monitor past lock activity. The lock relies on keycodes, meaning it cannot be spoofed like some wireless systems can be, and uses Bluetooth to confirm the person entering the code is the one linked to the code in question.

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Ring Intros Spotlight Cams

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Ring makes a trio of additions to the Floodlight Cam outdoor security camera line-- the Spotlight Cams, with models featuring either wired, battery or solar power.

Spotlight CamThe Spotlight Cams are similar to the Floodlight Cam, but feeature a different lighting system in the shape of LED panels that automatically turn on when the cameras detect motion. In addition, they also feature a 1080p camera with night vision, two-way audio and a 110 dB siren. User control and integration with other Ring products come through the companion Ring app.

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Homeit Expands to the UK

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Portuguese remote home access technology startup Homeit expands further in Europe, as its standalone remote access product is now available in the UK.

Remote home accessThe Homeit offering is designed for the short stay market. It integrated directly with platforms such as AirBnB, and can even recommend tested service providers in the property area, such as cleaning, laundry and plumbing. Thus, the home owner can book and grant access from within the Homeit platform.

The system handles more than one property per client, and can provide easy access control management to each door according to the dates guests book on AirBnB. Once fitted, hosts simply paste the AirBnB listing link to the Homeit dashboard to generate codes for the confirmed booking, which in turn can be sent to the guest via SMS, email or the AirBnB messaging system.

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A Bluetooth-Enabled Key Box

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Master Lock has a connected solution for customers wanting a means to store their spare keys-- the Bluetooth Key Lock Box (model 5441EURD).

Key lock boxThe key box is essentially a small safe one can fix to the wall. It opens solely using either a registered smartphone or a correct passcode, and users can manage it via companion iOS/Android Master Lock Vault eLocks app to give contacts access, restrict opening times or lock it down entirely.

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The Ezviz Wire-Free Mini Trooper

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Smart home technology vendor Ezviz takes on security cameras with the Mini Trooper-- a camera featuring a wire-free design ideal for both indoor and outdoor use.

Mini TrooperThe Mini Trooper records 720p video through a 116-degree wide-angle lens, with storage via either microSD (up to 128GB) or the cloud through either wifi or ethernet. A companion mobile app allows users to both view recorded video and control the camera. Construction is weatherproof, and Ezviz says the battery lasts for up to 9 months on a single charge.

A base station allows users to control up to 6 Mini Trooper cameras (or other Ezviz cameras) through a single mobile device, be they wire-free, wifi or wired. The future will also see the addition of voice control through integration with Amazon Alexa devices such as the Echo Show.

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