Smart locks have been around for a long time, but for various reasons, it may be hard to make the switch. Smart locks can often be expensive, or people can easily forget the passcodes, and getting locked out of their own homes. Other, like me, might find that the gadgets can’t seem to read your fingerprint properly. If that’s the case for you, you might want to check out Ultraloq UL1 – a new smart lock by U-Tec that’s affordable and user-friendly.
Three Ways to Lock – Bluetooth, Fingerprint, or Fob
With Ultraloq UL1, there are multiple ways to gain access, so there’s no fear of being locked out just because you forgot the code, or you had a paper cut and your fingerprint won’t register. You can unlock the door with a thumbprint, and one-touch access is made possible by the scanner, which is built into the handle. The lock can also be unlocked via Bluetooth: simply shake a connected phone within range (around 5m). And if you would rather carry a physical key of some sort, you can choose to use the contactless key fob.
Remote Access Monitoring
Apart from the Bluetooth shake-to-open feature, Ultraloq UL1’s mobile app gives you remote monitoring of your home. You can easily see who gained access into your home, at what time, and how they did it. If you or a family member lost a key fob, you can disable that fob’s access via the app, too.
Add-On Deadbolt for Extra Security
For added security, you can purchase the AutoBolt: an add-on deadbolt and latch that gives you extra security. It connects wirelessly to your UL1. When you unlock with your fob, fingerprint, or via Bluetooth, the AutoBolt grants access, and relocks automatically when you leave. You can check its status via the mobile app mentioned above, so you don’t have to worry about whether your front door has been locked.
Dual Data Encryption
To keep your home safe, a functioning lock isn’t everything. You need to make sure that the data you have stored in the app won’t get stolen easily. That’s why Ultraloq uses a dual encryption process to ensure information security. The Ultraloq uses Bluetooth 4.0 to communicate between your phone and the UL1 lock. These communications are encrypted using bank level 128-bit AES via an embedded hardware coprocessor.
Switching to Ultraloq UL1 is a cinch. It requires no wiring and no drilling, so you don’t need to hire an electrician, and can get it done yourself in minutes. It only takes 5 screws as well. The handle is reversible to fit both left- and right-handed doors. It should fit any standard American door of regular thickness, regardless of material.
A basic Ultraloq UL1 kit, including the main UL1 lock and two key fobs, are available at USD145. Each extra key fob will cost USD5, while the add-on deadbolt will cost you USD59. They are now available for pre-order on Indiegogo.
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Video Credit: U-Tec
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