The first Wi-Fi connected smart lock was revealed at CES 2019 by the Schlage Lock Company and is known as Schlage Encode Smart Wi-Fi Enabled Deadbolt. This smart lock allows you to store up to 100 permanent, recurring, and temporary codes for the lock with the feature of configuring the codes for specific time and date access schedules.
If the Amazon Key deliveries are available in your area, then the Schlage Encode Lock can be paired with an Amazon Cloud Cam. When the lock is used for Amazon Key delivery service, and the delivery person opens the door to put the package inside, you will receive an alert. Through a live feed from the Cloud Cam, the delivery person’s entry and exit can be seen.
There is no need for Cloud Cam to use the lock with Amazon Alexa through the Amazon Key Alexa skill. Utilizing the Alexa skill, the Schlage Encode lock’s status and its locking and unlocking can be done from anywhere in the world if you have an internet connection. Even if the deliveries through Amazon Key are not available in your area, you can still watch a live video feed or view video clips only if you have a Cloud Cam in your Alexa devices network. The Schlage Encode lock is also compatible with the Ring app. It can be used with Ring Camera or Ring Video Doorbell, and you can lock or unlock it directly through the buttons available in the live video feed in Ring’s app.
According to Schlage, the installation process of the Encode lock is simple. The lock works with a door that has a thickness between 1-3/8-inches and 1-3/4-inches and has a standard deadbolt, which is mounted separately from the door handle. When the lock is used for regular access activity, the battery can last for six months. It alerts the user through its low battery indicator long before the battery fails.
Currently, the Schlage Encode Smart Wi-Fi Deadbolt is available on Amazon for pre-order in its Schlage’s typical Camelot style. The smart lock costs only US$250 and when bundled with Amazon Could Cam kit, the price goes to US$300 (a discount of US$70 when the camera and lock are purchased together). The lock and the camera are scheduled to ship on March 5, 2019.
h/t: Digital Trends