August Presents Bluetooth Smart Lock

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Newcomer August takes on the smartphone-controlled door lock with the August Smart Lock-- a lock module and free online service combination allowing customers to unlock doors via Bluetooth low energy (BLE).

AugustMaking the lock module rather interesting is not the striking Yves Behar industrial design (although it does remind us of the Nest thermostat) but its security features. It uses BLE and a paired smartphone or tablet instead of wifi to connect briefly with the August online service. Once the module syncs with the service it assigns an algorithmically generated key to the paired mobile device, thus avoiding the risk of hacking internet connections involve.

Individual "key" management comes through an app (iOS and Android) complete with granular remote access controls, such as allowing access to particular individuals on specific dates/times.

August claims the module takes 10 minutes to install, since it attaches to existing door deadbolts and only replaces the interior latch. Power comes through x4 AA batteries, and should those fail one can still unlock the door through more old fashioned means-- as in a key.

The August Smart Lock should start shipping from Q4 2013 with an introductory price of $199.

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