Founded by Jason Johnson and Yves Behar, the August Smart Lock is unlocking the future of home security. Safe, simple, and social, August lets you control who can enter your residence and who can't, without having to give out physical keys or codes. From your smartphone or computer, configure when certain people have access to your home – for instance, you can issue a virtual key that works 24/7 for your brother and one that works only a couple of hours on Fridays for your cleaning lady. August also lets you see who has entered and exited your place and exactly when.
August retrofits to existing single-cylinder deadbolts, the most common type of lock in North America. An August system comprises a small smart lock device and a mobile app compatible with iPhone and Android (Blackberry and Windows Phone 8 versions are in the works). You can still use your physical keys with an August Smart Lock installed, should your phone battery die. And in the event of an Internet or power outage, August will continue to keep your properties secure as it does not rely on WiFi or power cables. The lock runs on 4 AA batteries, and you'll even receive reminders when they start to get low.
Using the same communications technology employed by financial institutions for online banking, the August Smart Lock ensures that only invited guests have access to your home and that changes take effect right away. The system is safer than conventional locks and keys, which can be lost and duplicated without your knowledge. There is no need to replace your August Smart Lock in case your phone is lost or stolen – simply log on to August.com to remove access authorization for that device.
Currently in development and scheduled for release in 2014, August can be pre-ordered at an introductory price of $199. <