Hot Market? Residential Electronic Locks

This article is an interesting read on the emergence of residential smart locks opening up a new market for 'access control'.

A residential lock sunshine pumper Kwikset Director talks about how development of wireless networks, BLE / NFC, and home automation have converged at the right time to make electronic access appealing for residential buyers.

I can agree with that part - products like Kwikset's KEVO and the proliferation of Z-Wave/Zigbee devices make it clear that home automation is no longer expensive, obscure, and just 'high-end'. Smartlocks routinely cost less than $230 per lock, a pricepoint that seems approachable by many - at least among those willing to pay ~$250 for a thermostat.

However, the wheels come off the article after that point. Even the title "Unlocking New Revenues With Electronic Locks" suggests that dealers have a vast new market to tap into for installs and service. This is just pure bunk in my opinion, as those products are aimed at the DIYer, not the installer channel.

What do you think? Are residential smartlocks changing dealer's target markets?

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