Apple gets exclusive smart door lock made for iPhone or Apple Watch users
Apple has partnered with a smart home company to create an exclusive “home key” system for iPhone and Apple Watch users who want to unlock their doors without a physical key.
Level Home Inc., a home automation technology incorporation based in Redwood City, Calif., announced that it has created a Level Lock+ line, which is “only available at Apple,” according to a press release the company issued Friday, May 21. October.
Apple users who own an iPhone or Apple Watch will be able to lock and unlock their homes when they hold the device near an installed Level Lock+ door lock.
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Level Lock+ is compatible with Apple Wallet, a digital wallet app that stores payment cards, ID cards, coupons, tickets and keys. It’s also designed to work with Apple Home, a smart home control app that offers remote adjustments for speakers, TVs, lighting and security systems, thermostats and more.
When Level Lock+ is connected to both apps, users will get a unique Apple Home key to enter and exit the home, which can be quickly accessed through Apple Wallet’s automatic or double-click functionality.
“Our habits are more digitally intertwined than ever,” John Martin, co-founder and CEO of Level Home, said in a statement.
“Consumer behavior has evolved to rely on technological improvements to make secure access more convenient,” he continued. “Level Lock+ couldn’t come at a more perfect time – this is something iPhone or Apple Watch users can use, and we’re seeing people ready to integrate smart locks into their daily routines.”
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Level Home uses Near Field Communication (NFC), short-range wireless technology that initiates a function between a machine and mobile device, in Level Lock+ and its other smart home accessories, according to the company’s press release.
The company claimed that the Level Lock+ works in “the harshest external conditions” and that it is powered by a CR2 battery hidden in the locking bolt.
Level Home added that iPhone users have a power reserve feature that provides “up to five hours” of Apple Home key access when the phone’s battery is low.
Other features that Level Lock+ owners will want at their fingertips include full in-app control of the smart lock, shared access with guests, and auto-lock and auto-unlock settings.
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Varied home entry options are available, including the ability to enter with a single touch of a finger, a key card, or an optional level keypad accessory.
Level Lock+ is only available in Apple stores in the US and currently retails for $329.
At a minimum, customers must have an iPhone XS running iOS 15 or later or an Apple Watch Series 4 running watchOS 8 or later to operate Level Lock+.
The global smart lock market was valued at $2.55 billion in 2021 and is expected to grow to $7.13 billion by 2030, according to a market research forecast published by Verified Market Research, a global research and consulting firm in Lewes, Delaware.
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Verified Market Research’s August 2022 smart lock forecast reported that the “major players” in the smart lock market include Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc., a diversified home appliance company in Madison, Wisconsin; Onity, Inc., a security and building automation company in Salem, Oregon; Allegion Plc, an American Irish domiciled home security company; Assa Abloy AB, a Swedish home security conglomerate; and dormakaba Holding AG, a Swiss security group.
In the US, smart lock brands commonly seen on retail shelves in electronics stores include SimpliSafe, Nest, Yale, Lockly, August, Wyze, and eufy Security.