A Better Front Door: What Will It Take for Smart Locks to Succeed?
Even if IoT is the next big thing, various hurdles must be overcome before society can coexist with massively ubiquitous, intelligently connected devices. Important questions revolving around security and safety need to be addressed before widespread adoption can take place; even with current home IoT products, such as smart thermostats and lighting, privacy and security issues abound.
Smart locks — smartphone and/or app-controlled door locks — are a particularly interesting example. Though various smart lock products have been on the market for some time now, consumers have been relatively slow to adopt the technology—and that’s understandable. Before trading the security of the traditional lock-and-key combo for the convenience of a smart lock, consumers have to be convinced that these locks are valuable enough to enable them to overcome insecurities and reservations. Here are some of the key features that may be required to move smart locks into the mainstream.