How Home Security Is Evolving With Tech

Technology touches nearly every aspect of our lives. Many of the things we do daily and take for granted are thanks to advances in computer-based technology. Yet today, nearly all homes still have nothing more than a bolt lock and door handle keeping them safe. Most of us still use a key to unlock our doors, the same as did our grandparents.

That’s changing, though. Finally.

Several systems are on the market to replace (or evolve) the old “bolt lock with a key” forward without requiring a lot of modifications be made to the home. Nearly all of these systems can be installed by the homeowner just as easily as the standard keyed lock can be. Often they’re even easier.

One option you’ve probably seen in your hardware store is the Schlage keypad lock. These have been a popular alternative to key-only locks in commercial applications for years, but are now being seen as a solution for homes as well. They install in much the same way a standard bolt lock does. Other competitors to Schlage are also offering similar options.

These options are evolving forward, though, to include smart phones or keyfobs (or both). The Schlage Connect is the next-generation of the keypad-enabled bolt lock allowing the door to be controlled (locked, unlocked, PIN changed) from afar via a smartphone app.

A similar option from Kevo allows you to use your smartphone as a “keyfob” with the app automatically unlocking the door when the phone gets near. Multiple phones can be used and a keyfob can also be used. Guests can download the app and be granted access for 24 hour periods as well. Automatically. Even if you’re not there.