Lockitron iPhone Keyless Entry Works with Your Home’s Preexisting Deadbolt (video)
A keyless entry system for your home always meant an extensive, and cumbersome install process. Generally speaking you have to remove the door’s entire locking system, which requires some esoteric knowledge. That’s why we’re so damn excited about Lockitron’s newest keyless entry system.
What makes the new Lockitron so attractive is that the install process couldn’t be more simple. It works with your prexisting door’s dead bolt. You simply remove the deadbolt knob located on the inside of the door and replace it with the Lockitron box. Once its fixed into place you’re in business.
After that you can manage user access using a handy web remote login, which connects to the Lockitron box via WiFi. So you can remove and add users as you see fit, provided they’ve got a smartphone app. It’s ideal for anyone sharing a space, or renting our their place on a site such as Airbnb since you don’t have to hassle with exchanging keys or concern yourself with the thought of duplicates floating around. And for those without a smartphone, you can always resort to sending the box an unlock text message.
And for those of you that lined up for the iPhone 5, you’ll be pleased as punch to hear that the Lockitron box is Bluetooth 4.0 compatible. In other words, when the box senses your approach (as in your iPhone 5s Bluetooth signal) it will automatically unlock the door. Other features include a push notification warning system when someone enters your home or when the batteries beging to run low after almost one year of use.
Lockitron will ship sometime in March of 2013. You can preorder one now for $149.