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Four Ways To Use Your Smart Lock

smart lock security device on a slightly open front door.

With keyless entry and smartphone-controlled locking, a smart lock turns your humble front door into a hi-tech access point to your home. If you want a smart front door, however, you need a smart lock powered by BrightSuite.

Linked to the other smart devices in your home, automated and controlled through our smart security platform, and able to trigger alerts and actions on your behalf, smart locks give you more versatility and value every day. Here are four (smarter) ways to use them:

1. Verify A Visitor, Then Unlock

All smart locks let you unlock your door remotely. With BrightSuite, you can also unlock securely, using your doorbell camera to see exactly who you’re letting in. This, in turn, makes things very convenient.

Say you’re expecting a valuable delivery but can’t stay home from work. No problem. When the delivery driver rings your doorbell, you’ll get an alert that turns into a video feed. You can verify and talk to the driver, then unlock your door—all from the same screen—and have them leave your delivery safely inside.

Doorbell Camera

2. Control Your Lock With Scenes

Scenes are useful commands, with names like Home, Away, and Sleep, that activate several different devices at once.

With smart locks, Scenes can include access control. Tapping your Home button as you arrive home will unlock your door and disarm your security system. Tapping the Sleep button last thing at night will lock your doors and arm the system, as well as turning the thermostat down.

BrightSuite Scenes

3. Get Automatic Reminders for Extra Security

Did you know that one in three burglaries involve no forcible entry? In the USA, 500,000 burglaries a year are made easier by homeowners who neglect or forget to lock their doors and windows.

As part of a BrightSuite-powered home, your smart lock becomes a proactive defense against unlawful entry, triggering a smartphone reminder if you (or your family) leave home without locking up, or haven’t locked up by a certain time of day. These reminders come with a ‘lock’ command included, so you don’t even need to open your app—much less turn around and come home.

4. Give User Codes for Access and Awareness

The smart lock has a numerical keypad so your family and trusted visitors can open it with a personalized user code.

User codes make access easy—eliminating both the problem of spare keys and the need for you to remotely unlock your door. You can customize them so they only work at certain times of day (good for a dog-walker) or expire on a given date. As well as making things convenient, user codes help you stay aware of who’s coming and going, with custom alert options that can tell you exactly who just unlocked your door.

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