Smart home accessory maker Netatmo has announced a new Smart Door Lock that comes with Smart Keys. The Smart Keys work like a conventional key in many respects, but they are also lock-agnostic, too.
That means that anyone whose home is kitted out with multiple Smart Door Locks won’t need to carry around keys for each one and instead can simply have one Smart Key coded to work with each lock. Users can also lock and unlock doors using a smartphone app, too.
Importantly, Netatmo says that its lock isn’t connected to the internet and instead uses Bluetooth and NFC to function. That could be a weight off the minds of those who worry about leaving the keys to their castle open to the internet.
“The Netatmo Smart Door Lock and Keys enhance home security and offer our customers unrivaled freedom. They can open and close their doors using their smartphones, and they no longer have to wait hours for a locksmith if they leave their keys at the office or inside the house,” explains Fred Potter, founder of Netatmo and CTO of the Eliot program of Legrand. “Designed to withstand physical and electronic attacks, the Smart Door Lock has obtained the strictest industry certifications. Netatmo’s latest innovation meets a growing user need for useful, reliable, subscription-free products.”
The Netatmo Smart Door Lock comes with three pre-paired keys that are inserted into the lock and rotated to unlock deadbolt the mechanism in the usual way, but they can also be re-coded to work with different locks as well as deactivated if lost using the Netatmo Security app.
Manage and share home access from the smartphone
Users control all the features of the Door Lock and Keys directly from the Netatmo Security app. They can add as many Smart Keys as they like in real-time, to make sure all family members can access their home.
If users wish to share access to their home with guests, they send them an invitation via their app, whether they are at work or on holiday. No need to leave the key with a neighbor or under the doormat as the invitation acts as a door key. In the case of seasonal rental, users send their guests an invitation that can simply be withdrawn at the end of their stay via their smartphone, without having to go anywhere.
A secure and robust Door Lock
The Netatmo Smart Door Lock is designed to withstand physical and electronic attacks. It has obtained the A2P*, BZ+ and SKG*** security certifications, the demanding industry standards met only by the most secure locks in Europe.
The Door Lock works via Bluetooth so is not connected to the internet. It uses Near Field Communication (NFC) to interact with the Smart Keys, which are tamper-proof and impossible to duplicate. If the Keys are lost or stolen, access to the house is still secure: the users deactivate them in real-time with one click on their smartphone, without having to change the whole Door Lock.
Each door lock uses four AAA batteries and offers a two-year battery life. If the user ignores the multiple low-power warnings in the app and the batteries do run out, there’s also a micro-USB port on the lock to provide temporary power.
For those wondering about the HomeKit element to all this, lock users can create customized scenes to connect their Smart Door Lock to other smart devices in their home. For example, when they open the front door, they might decide that all the lights in the house should be switched on.
Two-year battery life
The Smart Door Lock is equipped with batteries that last for two years. When battery power is low, the Door Lock emits an alternative lock/unlock signal, or sends a smartphone notification when users’ phone is within Bluetooth range. If the Door Lock is completely charged down, the user can use a backup micro-USB connection to open the door and replace the batteries.
Apple HomeKit compatibility
The Smart Door Lock is compatible with Apple HomeKit. Users can create customized scenes to connect their Smart Door Lock to other smart devices in their homes.
The Smart Door Lock and Keys launch in Europe at the end of 2020. Netatmo says no subscription is required, but it has yet to confirm a price for the kit, and we’re still waiting to confirm if there are any concrete plans for a U.S. release. Watch this space.