All About Doorbells and Smart Locks, Most Common Brands, and Why They Are Great When They Are Combined.
Are you looking to install the perfect doorbell or smart lock system in your home?
If you are, it is important that you get the right information about these technologies. Doing so will ensure that you get the right product for your needs and will also give you peace of mind knowing you have a high-quality system that works.
Both smart lock and doorbell technology have undergone significant technological development. Doorbells, in particular, have a long history of development.
Of course, the word ‘doorbell’ reflects the fact that the original doorbell systems were actual bells. Usually made from brass, they would have a ball or bar inside that would be knocked against the bell. This would cause the bell to vibrate and the bell shape would amplify the sound.
In 1831, the inventor Joseph Henry developed the first ‘electric doorbell’. In fact, it was a normal doorbell that could be rung from a distance using electrical wires.
But it was in the 20th century that doorbell technology really took off. In this period, doorbells developed using closed circuits. However, more recently, doorbell technology has developed to include wireless options.
In a wireless doorbell system, the doorbell button transmits a radio wave that is picked up by one or more receivers, which then rings. From this point, things developed a lot in doorbell technology—motion sensors, heat sensors, video streaming… We will cover all of it in this article.
One of the true innovations to home technology and security has been the development of the smart lock.
Smart locks work by using Bluetooth or WiFi connections. A smart lock is basically a digital lock on your door that can be unlocked without a key. Instead of a physical key, different smart lock products allow unlocking through fingerprint scanning, voice recognition, number codes, or smartphone app integration.
Now that we have an introductory understanding of the development of these home technologies, let’s look a little deeper at each one.
Doorbells have come a very long way from the original bell-and-ball designs. We are going to take a look at some of the common doorbell systems on the market right now. In particular, we will look at their many features and benefits.
Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus
The Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus incorporates the standard features of a smart doorbell: motion sensor, video recording, two-way talk, and smartphone integration. But it has a very handy Pre-Roll feature, which gives you a 4-second preview of whatever has activated the sensor.
The Ring system also allows for customization of motion zones for optimal integration with your home’s layout. If you are looking for a Ring installer near me, just get in touch.
Google Nest Hello Video Doorbell
Google’s Nest Hello Video Doorbell is another top-of-the-line HD video doorbell. It can be fully integrated with any Google Assistant-enabled smart speakers or displays, such as the Google Home Hub.
This means you can do things like 24/7 stream the doorbell video feed from your television display and get visitor announcements over your home audio system.
SimpliSafe Doorbell Pro SS3
This is another video doorbell system. However, it is unique because it doesn’t use standard motion detectors. In fact, it features two separate sensory systems.
One checks for heat signatures, while the other one checks for human shapes. This means that you can get notified on your smartphone anytime someone comes to your door, but you won’t get notified for unnecessary things.
August View Door Bell
The August View is another product with a two-way video and audio connection. It can be connected with an August Smart Lock so that you can let visitors into your home from wherever you are.
That has a lot of practical benefits. For example, you can tell a delivery person to leave your package in a hidden spot, or let the kids in if they have forgotten their key.
Wisenet SmartCam D1
Another high-tech video doorbell, the Wisenet system actually uses facial recognition technology. This means it can tell you who is at your door if it is a face it recognizes—or it can tell you it is a stranger.
Audio recognition also tells you when new and unusual sounds have been detected.
What Are the Benefits of Smart Doorbells?
Doorbells are no longer just a way of notifying you to open your front door. They have become the frontline of your home’s security system.
You can keep you and your family safe by screening anyone who comes to your door, whether they ring the bell or not.
You can also interact with anyone at your door remotely. This not only improves safety but also convenience.
Lastly, this kind of technology does not require expert guidance. You can buy these systems and install them all on your own, giving you easy and cost-effective access to advanced home security technology.
The next innovative technology improving your home’s security and convenience is the smart lock.
Smart locks are a way of allowing access to your home without using a key. There are various entry mechanisms that a smart lock will allow you to use instead.
In particular, different systems will allow access through voice recognition, fingerprint scanning, code entry, or smartphone.
Smartphone activation is particularly useful as it allows you to let people into your home even when you are not there. For example, you can let the kids in when they forget their key or let a delivery driver drop a parcel inside.
You can install a smart lock on any home or business door. Use it to control access to your home, or use it for specific rooms and building areas.
Yale Assure Lock SL (YRD256) Connected by August
This Yale system allows you to use a digital keypad to open the door, but you can also set voice recognition. Additionally, you may choose to open your door automatically as you approach it with your smartphone.
Ultraloq U-Bolt Pro
The Ultraloq system allows keyless entry through digital code or fingerprint. But it also allows you to control the door remotely through your smartphone.
The system also includes a mechanical key option so that you have multiple options to open your door.
Yale Assure Lever (YRL256) Connected by August
Yale’s lever system uses a traditional lever opener instead of a deadlock. However, the unlocking technologies are the same.
The system also integrates with Alexa, Siri, and Goole Assistant to allow voice recognition opening.
Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt
The Schlage system uses a digital code system. It features technology that allows you to generate one-time codes for guests or delivery drivers.
The system pairs via WiFi with the Schlage Home app, as well as Amazon Key. Amazon Key is a technology that allows Amazon drivers to notify you when they are trying to make a delivery. You can approve the delivery and let them in to drop your parcel safely.
One of the main advantages of Wyze Lock is that the system can be integrated with existing deadbolts. This means you can get an advanced security system without replacing the hardware on your door.
The system integrates with Alexa for voice recognition and keeps a log of all your door entries.
Smart Locks Pair Well With…
Different smart lock systems offer integration with particular voice assistant technologies. The main pairings include Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri. However, many of the smart lock technologies available come with their own integrated apps, meaning you can turn any smartphone into a digital key.
You can also pair your smart lock with other home security features, such as doorbells, video cameras, automatic garage doors, and lights. With all of these elements joined together you can turn your smartphone into an advanced security hub offering you complete control anytime, anywhere.
We can assist you with installing and integrating all of the smart locks above, as well as Doorbird installation and many other products.
We can also support you in setting up cloud access control. You may want to do this for a single doorbell or smart lock system, or you may want to set up a full system across multiple doors and sites.
Combined with electric security gates and smart garage doors, these systems can be extremely powerful tools to help you to operate your business or control home security.
You should now have a good idea of the key smart lock and doorbell technologies. So many technological advancements have now been made that you can have complete peace of mind in your home’s security.
If you are looking for a smart lock installer or doorbell installer, we are here to help. We will not only help with the technical aspects of your installation but can also provide expert advice on how to set your home security system up for optimized integration.
Why not get in touch with us today to work out what the best home security solutions are for you and your home?