Smart Locks: What You Need to Know

If you’re looking to improve your home security, a smart door lock should be at the top of your list. Thanks to advances in technology, the latest smart locks are more secure and flexible than ever before.  Here, UAP explains everything you need to know.

How does a smart lock work?

A smart lock provides keyless entry into your home. This can be achieved in various ways, including a smartphone App, fob or keypad.

How safe is a smart lock?

There are various smart locks on the market and not all often the same level of security. It’s important to do your research to check for any vulnerabilities before making your choice.

Thankfully, the most recent smart locks have been manufactured to avoid any hacking risks. The IONIC electronic lock is one of them, offering the most advanced security encryption on the market. The IONIC fobs can’t be cloned, and the fob codes can’t be stolen by intercepting the signal in the same way thieves target keyless cars.

The IONIC smartphone App requires Face recognition to access and also enables the user to see who has opened the door.

Can I still open the door without my phone?

A smart lock such as the IONIC doesn’t just rely on a smartphone. The lock can also be opened using a fob, a push button on the inside, a thumb turn, or an override key if there is an emergency.

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Does a smart lock have to be used with a certain type of door or handle?

The IONIC can be installed on timber, composite and aluminium doors and with a vast range of door handles, including the popular lever on rose.   

What happens if there is a power cut?

The IONIC is powered using a wireless unit, which fits easily to a door frame and connects to a control unit. Customers can either use a USB wire with a plug or a power pack to charge the lock via this system. If there was a power cut, a charged lock can operate for up to four weeks without a power supply.

Can a smart lock be used by multiple people?

Most smart locks are designed to maximise flexibility and convenience with the option of adding several users. This can be particularly beneficial for homeowners that rent their properties via Airbnb for example.

The IONIC can be provided with up to 16 fobs for each lock and each user added to the App. Time-limited access can also be set up for tradespeople, cleaners or carers.

Can a smart lock be accessed remotely?

An electronic lock like the IONIC can be set up with a WI-FI bridge to enable access remotely, from anywhere in the world. Without the WIFI bridge, the App must be within around 12ft of the lock.

How long does installation take?

The IONIC is quick and easy to install, taking only approximately 30 minutes longer than a normal door installation.

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