5 Reasons to Link Smart Locks to a Comprehensive Security System
Get More Out of Your New Purchase with a Custom Solution
New forecasts from Mind Commerce predict that the smart lock market will grow at a rate of 75 percent from 2016 to 2020. To join the new craze, many have opted for standalone smart locks that let you get rid of traditional keys and access your Wilmette, IL homes through mobile apps or personalized codes. Now you can take those smart locks to the next level by integrating them into a security system that offers remote access, different control options and triggered responses.
Expand Your Control Options
Going shopping for smart locks usually boils down to figuring out how you want to control them. If you want to use access codes, you would purchase ones that let you create as many as 20 codes. But if it's variety you're after, you want to get Z-Wave enabled locks that you can link to an Alarm.com smart hub. This way, you can take advantage of the company's various control options, which include motion sensors, codes, mobile apps, geofencing, and more.
Incorporate a Video Doorbell
With a video doorbell from Alarm.com installed in your smart home security system, as soon as someone rings the bell, get a call on your phone where you can see whose there and communicate directly. With a smart lock integrated into your system, from the same screen you can unlock the door to let them in. By combining your video doorbell and smart locks, you can also receive a video snapshot when specific access codes are used so you can know exactly when your kids made it home from school.
Have Locks Trigger Responses
Integrating your smart locks into a comprehensive security solution has another benefit: being able to incorporate other technology. Say you’re using a personalized code. Your Alarm.com system will recognize that it’s you and immediately pull up your favorite settings when the code is used: the alarm system is disabled, the thermostat adjusts to your ideal temperature, and the lights go on in the foyer. Each member can have specific smart scenes for their respective codes, or you can have one for the entire family.
Keep Tabs of Who’s Coming and Going
Your Alarm.com interface also lets you review who is coming in and going. Every time someone uses your smart locks, it's registered in your system. This way you know when the kids got back from school, how long your housekeeper was in the house, or if your contractor showed up on time. From this user interface, it's also easy to add access codes and revoke others. So once your contractor is finished, you don't have to track him down to get your key back. Instead, simply remove their code from the system.
Enjoy Remote Control of Your System
While many smart locks companies come with accompanying apps, few offer the kind of overall control you get from an Alarm.com system. Not only can you pull up your app to open and close locks remotely, but you can also get accompanying video footage.
You can also take advantage of geofencing and notifications. Through Geo-fencing, your system uses your phone to recognize if you’re close and reacts accordingly. If you’re within a two-mile radius, the locks can automatically unlock. Once you leave that range, they lock again. Notifications alert you whenever your smart locks are used, so you are aware of what's happening in your home at all times.
Want to learn more about the benefits of a comprehensive security system? Feel free to call us or contact us online.