SimpliSafe shook up the home security scene in 2006 when they began selling affordable security systems with DIY installation and professional monitoring. The award-winning system requires no contracts and has no hidden fees, which is why SimpliSafe is the security system of choice for more than three million people. SimpliSafe aims for whole home protection, but to protect the entire home, the company needed to offer smart locks. SimpliSafe does not manufacture a smart lock, and they do not include a smart door lock in any of the security packages. That’s why in 2018, SimpliSafe partnered with August Home, a leader in the smart home industry, to integrate one of the best smart door locks on the market into the SimpliSafe system.
Locks by August Home
August Home specializes in securing your front door, and they offer all the products to make that happen. A smart door lock from August gives you the control you want. This unique smart lock attaches to the inside of your door using the single-cylinder deadbolt that is already installed. Since the lock is on the inside, you still have the option to use your existing keys. You can control August locks through either the August app or SimpliSafe app, which gives you the ability to lock and unlock your door, grant access without the need for keys, and log who comes and goes. You can send secure, digital keys to your welcomed guests via your phone.
The August smart lock is one of the smartest on the market. It automatically locks when you leave and unlocks when you arrive. You can also control the lock with your voice using Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa. Smart locks from August use the patented DoorSense technology that uses a sensor to let you know from afar if your door is securely closed and locked. It doesn’t get easier than that.
Auto-Lock and Auto-Unlock
The automatic-lock and -unlock feature is unique to August smart locks. Auto-unlock uses technologies on your phone (the August app, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS) that are regulated by your phone’s operating system, which talks to your August app. The app determines when to auto-unlock by using two defined states: Home and Away. When you are home, your status in the app changes to Home Mode. In Home Mode, your system will not auto-unlock, because the app is waiting for you to leave. When you travel farther than 200 meters from home, your status in the app changes to Away Mode. If you approach your home while the app is in Away Mode, your phone will begin searching for your August smart lock. Once you are 20 meters from your door and your August app recognizes your smart door lock, your door will auto-unlock and your app re-enters Home Mode.
Integrate an August Lock into a SimpliSafe System
To use the August Smart Locks with a SimpliSafe system, you must also use the August Connect Wi-Fi Bridge. The Connect Wi-Fi Bridge is the essential equipment that gives you remote access to the smart door locks and allows you to communicate with voice control platforms such as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
The seamless integration between SimpliSafe and August Smart Locks gives you all the control you want for your smart door locks from the SimpliSafe app. When you arm or disarm your SimpliSafe system, the August Smart Lock automatically locks or unlocks. By keeping your SimpliSafe system in synch with your August locks, you have the peace of mind that your home is secure.
Specifications for August Smart Door Locks
Security features are built into each August smart door lock. These include two-layer encryption, a two-factor authentication, and an indispensable lost phone feature. The two-layer encryption uses Bluetooth Energy (BLE) technology encryption and an additional method of encryption. The lost phone feature is especially important, since smart locks are controlled through a mobile app. August allows you to quickly and easily disable your August app and all virtual keys on any August devices if you lose your phone.
August offers two smart door locks: the Smart Lock and the Smart Lock Pro. The August Smart Lock allows you to control the lock with your voice using Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, and the Smart Lock Pro also integrates with Siri. The Smart Lock is controlled through the August app, but the Smart Lock Pro comes with Apple HomeKit enabled. You can access and control the Smart Lock Pro through your iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, Apple TV, or HomePod. The Smart Lock Pro utilizes the cutting-edge wireless technology of Z-Wave Plus, which integrates with a wide range of home security systems and products.
SimpliSafe Security Packages with Smart Lock Options
In May 2018, SimpliSafe integrated the August smart lock into its security system. The August Smart Lock and the Smart Lock Pro are available to SimpliSafe customers who subscribe to professional monitoring. An August Connect Wi-Fi Bridge connects the August lock, powered by Bluetooth, to Wi-Fi.
SimpliSafe has the most transparent pricing of any home security company, because they don't hide their pricing behind the ”Get a Free Quote” email or phone call. The transparent pricing gives you all the control you want over your home's security without pressure to purchase a package.
Equipment packages from SimpliSafe range from $196 to $417. SimpliSafe integrates with August smart locks, but you have to purchase the locks separately. The August Smart Lock is $149 and the Smart Lock Pro is $219.