A common security layer that’s often overlooked by homeowners and property managers is self-latching doors. By ensuring that your doors are self-latching, you greatly increase your property’s security, as it acts as a safeguard against absent-minded forgetfulness to ensure that every time anyone leaves the property, the door will lock behind them. Here is a guide to the best types of electronic self latching doors, as prepared by the residential security and commercial security experts at Nonstop Locksmith.
August Smart Lock
This keyless lock doesn’t use access codes, meaning potential burglars can’t use keyloggers to copy your codes and sneak their way into your property. The August Smart Key lock is a great replacement for single cylinder deadbolts that allows property managers to maintain security and access control throughout their commercial or residential property, allowing for property access via all forms of iOS or Android devices. The lock can work either independently, through BlueTooth connection, or through a local Wi-Fi connection – and it sends out a reminder if it’s batteries are low, making sure the lock can always operate even if power goes out. Virtual key codes can be sent to tenants or visitors and programmed for all forms of access parameters – setting certain access codes to only work on certain hours or days, while other can work all the time. The August Smart Lock allows property owners to manage detailed log records that show all access moments – and it can be paired with the August Connect smart device that allows one to control the lock through any internet device from any distance.
This was one of the first smart deadbolts advertised, and uses a combination of BlueTooth and RFID technology that allows doors to be unlocked with smartphones or seperate key fobs. It works with both iOS and Android phones even without internet access, and can automatically unlock via BlueTooth when your smartphone approaches. Two devices can be programmed with full access ekeys, and an unlimited amount of programmable guest ekeys can be shared. You can monitor all lock activity remotely as well as manage ekeys through the app remotely, as well as engage a lost phone reset option that disables access to the lock with your phone in case an access device is ever lost. This lock can also be paired with the Nest Learning Thermostat to adjust property temperatures upon arrival for customizable comfort.
Yale Real Living Electronic Touch Screen Deadbolt
This lock can be programmed to maximum customizability ideal for property managers, and paired alongside other smart devices. It has the high end aesthetic geel of other Yale locks, with both a push button keypad as well as a modern touchscreen – and is available in either deadbolt or lever lock designs. It contains up to 250 user programmable codes, as well as allowing for entry with a typical physical key. This lock works with Z-Wave and Zigbee independant mesh networks, as well as the unique infiNET Ex network by it’s maker Crestron which allows for connection with any smartphone, tablet, or PC without the need to use Wi-Fi. It can also integrated with an entire bevy of smart devices by brands including Honeywell, Control4, Alarm.com, Elk, and many others.
SoHoMiLL YL 99 Keyless Electronic Keypad Lock
This simple and affordable electronic lock is perfect for property managers on a limited budget. It doesn’t have Bluetooth connectivity, but is a fantastic replacement for normal door knobs and can be programmed with up to 8 custom passcodes, which can then be controlled through a master passcode held by property managers. It’s a fantastic option for properties with many units that all require keyless entry lock upgrades. It contains a low battery signal feature that tell property managers when batteries need to be replaced – and also boasts automatic locking functionality that locks the door upon shutting after 3 seconds.
Schlage Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt
This fantastic keyless entry electronic lock marries strong security with ease of use. It has ANSI Grade 1 security certification, meaning it’s one of the most secure locks on the market based on it’s levels of latch length, longevity, and ability to withstand forced entry attempts. The Schlage Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt has an alarm sensor feature that tells you when the door is opened, as well as a fingerprint resistant touch screen that prevents the possibility of smart burglars to calculate what your codes are via guesswork or complicated burglar software algorithms. The deadbolt can be programmed by property managers to automatically lock when the door is closed, minimizing the security risk posed by tenants who forget to lock their doors. Schlage allows this device to be integrated with Z-Wave automated home products to allow for remote access control and monitoring – but this will require purchase and membership of the Nexia BR100NX Z-Wave Home Intelligence Bridge – which can in turn be paired with other aspects of smart homes, including lighting. This makes it ideal for application within luxury condo units. The lock can also be programmed with codes from a distance online, and tracks thorough logs of user data, so property owners can monitor when the lock is being used. Of course, full customizable code functionality including temporary or time-based codes, as well as master codes, are a feature of the Schlage Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt – giving it potential for maximum security and ease of access.