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Click! You can unlock that front door by text or NFC

My do-it-yourself smarthome system may be getting an upgrade with an Internet connected front door lock. Lockitron just caught my eye for a few reasons, but the main one is support for near-field communications or NFC. I already use the NFC chip in my Galaxy Nexus for wireless mobile payments and with the $295 Lockitron deadbolt system, I could wave my smartphone near the front door to unlock it. Here’s a look at how the system works:

While the NFC support is appealing to me, I also like that you can remotely unlock the door with a mobile app or by text message. That’s handy for when you need to let someone in the house or have a package dropped off inside. Of course, I wouldn’t open the door for just anyone; that’s why I have a web-connected camera too.

Installation of the Lockitron appears to be a snap as well because the lock doesn’t require any wiring for power or connectivity. Instead, 4 easy to replace AA batteries are used in the lock and it receives wireless commands over a home Wi-Fi network. Most other wireless locks I’ve investigated require some electricity rewiring, which I’m not looking to do. After installing the Lockitron, you simply connect a small server unit to the wireless router in your home.

Obviously if the lock’s batteries run out or your home loses electricity — and therefore, the wireless network — you can’t open the door with an app or text. In that case, you’ll still need a key, but I don’t mind carrying one around in my wallet. And for all of the services to work — key issuing, revoking, access from any internet connection — the lock must be in communication with Lockitron. However, the company is working on a software option that allows homeowners total management of the lock on their home network.

4 Responses to “Click! You can unlock that front door by text or NFC”

  1. Beautiful. All the privacy and security of the Internet, brought to your physical home.

    Next thing you know, Ford will let Microsoft products manage their cars’ entertainment and cabin comfort controls. Hahahahah! What? Oh…. How’s it working out? Yeesh!