Revolutionary Door Lock? (Lockitron)

By Brian Rhodes, Published Oct 07, 2012, 12:00am EDT (Info+)

This could be the biggest thing to hit access control in years. A Silicon Valley startup has developed a low cost 'smart' adapter for existing locks allowing users to remotely open and close their door from their smartphones. In just the first few days, they have sold over $1 Million of these units, online direct to customers. How big can this get? In this note, we examine its positioning, potential weaknesses and contrast it to traditional locks and Z wave mobile enabled door locks.

[Update 2014: Lockitron Tested]

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****** **********'* ******** ********** *******(***** **** ** *********), *** *** Lockitron ** *** * **** ** all. ******, ** ** * ********* thumbturn *** **** ********* ** *** of ******** ********. ***** **** ** Bluetooth, *** ********* *** ** ******** remotely **** ****** ******* ** ******** browsers **** ** ********** *** ******** to ****/****** *****.

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*** ***** ******** ** *** *** unit *******:

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  • * ** ******* *******:******** ********* ********* *** ********* ** last **-** ****** ** ****** ***.
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  • ****: ********* *** *** *** ********** Lockitron *** ********* ***$***, * ******* *****, ********* ********. After *** ******* ****** ********, *** unit **** **** *** $***.

*** ****** ******* ** ********* ** in ***-*****, **** *** ***** ********** run ******** ** **** ** ** 2013. *** '*** ***' ******* *** the **** ****** ************* ******** ** the ******** *******, *** ** * newly ******** ***** ** ********.

Potential ********

*** ****** ** *** **** ***** it ********** ** ******** ******* *** breakage. ****** ********** ***** **** ******** designed *** ******** ** ******, *********** grade ******** (***** ***** *) ** commodity ***** *** ******* ********. *** only ** ** ***** ** ********** breakage, *** ***** ******* **** **** warping *** ***** ******* *** ***** the ******** ** **** *** ** difficult ** **** **** ****.

*** ********* ***** ** ********* ***** how ****** *** ****** *** **** applies ** *** ********** *********, *** unless ** ******** ******** ** ****** turnable, *** ********* ***** **** ********** operating ** *** ********* ***** ***** faster **** ********.

Doorlock *************

************ ********* ** ******** ******** ***** also ** * ******* ********* ** what ***** **** ** *********. ********* is ***** ** ******* *** ******** only, *** ***** **** '***** *****' or '**** *****' **** *** ** able ** *** *** ******. ** a **** ** ******** **** * secondary **** ** ***** ****** ****, it **** ** **** ******** *** the **** *** **** *** ******** used ** ****** *** ****.

************, ** * ******** *** ** linked ******** ** **** *** ****** must **** ** ******* ** ****** the ****, *** ********** ******* **** be ******* ** *** ******** ********* independently ** *** ******.

*** ************'* ***** ***** ***** ***** types ** ******** *** ** ****:

*** '***** *********' ********** *** ***** compatibility *********, ***** *** '****** *' can ** **** ** ******** ********. The '*** *' ******* *** ****** be **** **** *********, ** ** mounting ******* ** ******** ** *** thumbturn *** *** ********* ****** ** be ******* ** *** ****.

Competitive **********

***** **** *********** ******* ** **** are:

  • ******* **** *** ***
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  • ********** ****** *******

******* **** *** ***

******* **** *** *** *** *********** 'free' ** **** *** ********* ******* in *****. *** ***** *** **** basic *********** ********** ** ******* ** do ******* ** ***** $*** ** add ********* ** ***'* ******** *****.

*** ****** ****** ******, ***** *******, or ********* ********** **** ******** ** workout *****, ********* ****** * **** more ********** ******** **** ****** ******* to **** * ********* *******. *** only *** ***** ** ******** ********, they *** ** ****** ** **** afar ** ****. **** *********** *** save ************** **** ****** ** ****** doors. ** *** **** *********** ****** the ********* *** **** ***** ** need, *** **** ******* ********* ***** will ** ******* ** ******* ********.

*** *********** *********, ***** ********* ** home ***** **** ******* *** ***** keys ** ****, ************ ******* ******** out ** *********, *** ***** ** no **** ** ********* ** ****** 'emergency ****' ***** ******* ** *********. Considering *** $*** ***** ** *** an '***-**' ****** ** ******** ***********, but *** ********, ********* *** ******** to ** ******* ******* *** '****/******' crowd, *** **** ** ******* - may ** *** ****** *** **** younger **********. ***** **** *****, ***** professionals ***** *********** ******* **********, ** older ** ****-*********** ***** *********** ******* mobile ******* **** **** * ********* time ********** *** ******* **** *********.

*-**** **** *****

***** ***** '****** *******' **** ***** are *********, **** *** '*-****' ******* ********* *** *********. ***** the ******* ******** ** **** ******* (using ****** ****) ** *** ********* concept *** **** ******* ****** ** an ******** **********, *** * **** model ******* * ******** **** ****/********** that **** ******* $** - $*** to *** **********.

***** *** ********* ** * ********** component ** ******** ********, *** *-**** units *** *********** ********. *** **** must *** **** **** *** ****** cutouts, *** **** **** ** *** - ***** ********* **** **** *** 'commonly *****' ********.

**** *** ******** **********, ********** * Z-Wave **** *** **** ******* $*** - $***:

********** ****** *******

********* ** ********* *** * ****** replacement *** *** ***** ** * centrally ******* ********** ****** ******* ******. However, ** ** ** **** **** expensive *** **** *********** **** **** a ************ ******, ** ***** *** smaller ********** **** **** * *** doors ******** ****. ***** **** ** unlikely ** ** * ******* ****** to ******** *********, *** ********* ********** in ****** *******, ** ***** **** address * **** *********** ******* ** the *** ******.

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*** **** *** *** ******* *** existing ***** ***** *** *** ********* solution **** ********* ** *** ***** consumer *** ***** ******** ******. ** think *** ******* *** * ****** to ************* ****** *** ***** ***** access ******* ****** *** ****** * disruptive ****** ** ********, *** ********** segment. **** ***** ******** *** ********* to **** ***** ****, ** **** certainly **** **** **** *** ****** could *****. ***********, **** ** *** most ********* *** ****** ******* ***** we **** **** ** **** *****.

Future ****

** **** ****** **** **** **** feedback *** ******* **** *****-** ******* once ***** ***** ********.

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