“I am confident that the majority of all private residences will be converted to smart door locks during the next decade,” Assa Abloy President and CEO, Johan Molin, recently claimed. Assa Abloy is the largest lock company in the world. We stock many of their locks in our store. We also service and install their electronic security devices, including Arperio Access Control and Yale’s smartphone-compatible home alarms. (Assa Abloy are Yale’s parent company.) Major companies, such as Amazon and Google, have teamed up with Assa Abloy to explore the future of electronic security. This week, Amalgamated Locksmiths look at what this may mean for the future of home security, home delivery, and your front door.
The Benefits of Electronic Security
Electronic and keyless entry solutions are convenient, quick security alternatives that are becoming increasingly popular not just in Melbourne, but around the world. Once reserved for hotels and tech offices, smart locks are now becoming increasingly common in offices, apartments, dormitories, townhouses and homes.
Electronic security solutions, such as the Lockwood 001Touch, are useful, versatile security alternatives for a range of different homes and businesses. Homes with only a few users, or companies with high staff rotations can both benefit from electronic locks. We’ve already written about their benefits for AirBnB properties. Having an electronic lock on one door is also a great spare key solution, for kids (and adults!) who misplace their keys.
Amazon, Google and Home Delivery
Entrance codes can be set to work once only or for short periods of time. And the technology doesn’t stop there: certain smart locks are app-compatible; owners can update security preferences in real time, allowing and denying users access on the spot; electronic security allows for built-in cameras and memory devices to track who opens the door and when. Deadlatching and one-touch locking options are also available.
All of these advantages add accountability, and its this aspect of Assa Abloy’s electronic security that’s arousing Amazon’s interest. Already, Amazon have teamed with Assa Abloy to develop Amazon Key, a front door lock designed for safer home delivery. Amazon and Assa Abloy created Key to prevent packages left on the lurch from being stolen. Deliverers can use a one-time code to open your front door, monitored by you via camera, to pop your package inside. Amazon Key is not yet available in Australia.
Electronic Security and Amalgamated Locksmiths
Years ago, smart locks and keyless entry solutions were only the purview of our commercial locksmiths. But as electronic security is becoming cheaper and less intrusive to install, and as more homes realise its potential, our domestic locksmiths are installing more than ever. Maybe Johan Molin was right: perhaps the future of domestic security is electronic.