Home security has come a long way since deadbolts, latches, and lengths of studs stuck in window frames were the norm. Today, homeowners and tenants have access to a plethora of smart, keyless security options that are as convenient as they are technologically advanced.
So how can Australian landlords and renters reap the benefits of this new era of home security?
Look for smart systems
Not all smart security systems are created equal, and not all systems require all the bells and whistles on the market. Rather, the ecosystem can be built to include a number of practical security measures, such as motion sensors, cameras, alarms, and smart locks.
Eric Sindel, senior product manager at global access solutions provider Assa Abloy, explains that a consideration often overlooked by consumers who buy smart home devices is where their data is going and how their information is being used.
“As we put more and more devices online, we are opening them up to our home networks… and to personal information,” he says. “So before investing in a solution … do some research on the company [and] understand what types of information they collect [and] how they use that information. You should expect your security provider to behave the same as your bank when it comes to the secure management of your personal data, Sindel explains.
The irony of implementing a system that uses your data in an unclear or inappropriate way is that while your home is physically protected, you could open your information to privacy and security breaches.
“What you see with low-cost solutions online, especially those that are just directly imported, [is that] many of those [privacy concerns] are very loosely defined, if they are addressed at all.
The idea of using a keyless entry system for your home might sound futuristic, but when you think about it, we’ve trusted these types of systems everywhere from hotels to offices to locker rooms to gyms for years. . Using them to protect our homes is the next logical step.
However, it’s understandable that some of us are reluctant to get rid of a system that has worked for centuries.
Sindel understands this hesitation. Assa Abloy Yale Access App partners with a number of the company’s line of lock products, uses geofencing technology to unlock and lock your doors when entering or exiting a given line, and allows owners to hand out “keys” digital to family, friends and those who provide business or cleaning services.
“These keys are actually more secure than the traditional key in the sense that the possibility of compromising them is very difficult,” he says.
The app and digital keys are double encrypted to protect information shared between mobile devices and locks.
“It’s not unlike the encryption you would see when making a transaction through an online banking app. “
Adjusting to a world without a bulky keychain can take time, but Sindel says that a smart lock can actually be the keystone of your home’s smart ecosystem. Yale Access, for example, is compatible with home assistants like Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant, which means anyone with a smart home setup already can close the loop with ease.
“The lock… provides an excellent trigger or interface for [which to connect] all other devices, ”Sindel says. “So if you want to optimize your lighting or heating schedules, you can tie it all to the ecosystem, for which the smart lock can act as a trigger.
“Great flexibility lies in the fact that your locks are smart and that they are part of your ecosystem, in addition to having a truly secure digital product. “
Fencing goes digital
Geofencing technology means homeowners no longer have to worry about physical keys ending up in the wrong hands or forgetting to lock the door.
Technological interfaces use the GPS capabilities of a smartphone to determine your location and secure or unlock your home accordingly. It’s a lot less work than taking your keys out of your pocket or bag.
In the case of the Yale Access app, you don’t have to do anything: the app will automatically unlock your door when you (and your phone) are within five meters, or go into away mode – and secure your home – as soon as you are more than 200 meters away.
You can choose how quickly this happens, with timed options between 30 seconds and 30 minutes available, and can also check the status of your locks remotely by pairing them with a Yale Connect bridge.
If that’s not reason enough to finally eliminate the physical keys hidden under doormats or in obviously fake stones, we don’t know what it is.
Assa Abloy is the world leader in the design and manufacture of mechanical and electromechanical locking and unlocking products for safety and security. Find out how to make your smart system safer with Yale Access.