Consumers have been asking for this from the time of the Echo’s original launch, and it’s finally here: August Smart Lock integration!
Most consumers are concerned about home security, and it won’t be long before smart locks are a standard part of any smart home setup. With an August Smart Lock, Connect Hub and the new August Home skill for Alexa, you can now use your voice to lock your doors or check the status of your locks.
Once your devices are set up and named (for example, “the front door”), go to “Skills” in your Alexa App to enable the August Home skill and link your account. Then you can use these Alexa voice commands:
Ask August to list my locks.
Ask August to check the front door.
Ask August to lock my front door.
If you’ve got an Alexa-enabled device in the bedroom, that last one would be very handy for those times when you’ve already turned in for the night and don’t remember whether or not you locked up.
Note: There Is No Unlock Command As Of This Writing
Some have given the skill a negative rating because it lacks voice commands for unlocking. I can’t say if this is something August will add in a future update or not, but I can see where it could be a conscious decision on the August company’s part.
It’s not difficult to imagine scenarios where that capability could lead to unforeseen and terrible consequences: anyone who can get close enough or loud enough for your Alexa-enabled device to hear them could theoretically gain access to the premises.
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You can now control the August Smart Lock HomeKit Enabled with Alexa! Available in gray (shown) or silver, this smart lock currently (as of 8/2/16) has an average review rating of 4/5 stars and is currently priced at $216.73. Features include: Your smartphone is now a smart key—and more; August Smart Lock auto-locks behind you for peace of mind and automatically unlocks as you approach – turn on or off whenever you want; Control who has access and when, from anywhere; Create and manage temporary guest “keys”; Know who enters/exits with 24/7 activity log; Compatible with most standard deadbolts. Requires an August Connect hub.
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