August Home announced this week a series of new features for the products that make up the August Smart Home Access Solution – August Smart Lock, August Doorbell Cam and August Smart Keypad. The features reinforce the company’s goal of providing customers by continually adding new capabilities to the products August customers rely on daily to control access to their home.
Auto-Unlock is a magical experience unique to August Smart Locks – the door unlocks automatically when arriving home, eliminating the need to reach for a phone or keys. Nearly half of all August Smart Lock customers use Auto-Unlock as the primary way they enter the home. New Auto-Unlock contextual alerts give users real-time updates such as when Auto-Unlock is triggered and actively communicating with the August Smart Lock.
Contextual alerts also let users know when they leave the “neighborhood,” setting Auto-Unlock to Away Mode. Users who already use Auto-Unlock can activate the new “You left your neighborhood” alerts in the August Smart Lock Settings menu.
August Smart Lock owners can now choose to assign Temporary, Recurring and Always On entry-codes for increased control over access to a home or rental property, from a smartphone. Temporary entry code delivers a time-bound entry code that allows access for a specified time period and automatically expires; recurring entry code offers a weekly entry code that allows access for a specific time period that repeats weekly; and Always On entry code that works all the time until the owner disables the entry code.
Settings are now all available from a single menu, making it easier to update house settings such as the house name and photo or manage multiple August products.
Doorbell Cam image preview alerts on iOS requires an iPhone 6S or higher. Setting Temporary and Recurring entry codes for the August Smart Keypad requires a 2nd generation August Smart Lock. Remotely setting entry codes require an August Connect Wi-Fi Bridge or an August Doorbell Cam.
The August Smart Lock, August Smart Keypad and August Doorbell Cam, create the complete August Smart Home Access Solution that turns a smartphone into a command center for the front door, allowing people to manage their front door from anywhere.
The August Smart Lock turns a smartphone into a smart key where consumers can lock and unlock their door, create virtual keys for guests and keep track of who comes and goes with a 24/7 activity log. The August Smart Keypad also lets users create unique entry codes for family, friends and service providers to unlock an August Smart Lock without a traditional key or smartphone. The August Doorbell Cam lets consumers see and speak with visitors at the door, from anywhere, using a smartphone.
“We’ve designed our products to take advantage of technological advancements and deliver value over time, automatically,” said Herve Letourneur, vice president of products for August Home. “Whether it’s a more
intuitive user interface, a completely new feature or a new partner integration, we’re constantly updating our products to improve the customer experience.”
Last week, August Home announced that Amazon Alexa works with the August Doorbell Cam. August Doorbell Cam users can ask, “Alexa, show me the front door,” to watch live video of visitors or motion outside the door on any Amazon Echo Show. The ability to display August Doorbell Cam video on Echo Show is an expansion of the August Smart Home skill. August Smart Lock customers using the first generation or second generation lock can already use voice commands with Alexa-enabled devices to control their lock and check the lock status.