Amazon has revealed the addition of a new smart lock to its list of Amazon Key compatible devices, confirming the newly supported product is the Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt. The Zigbee-certified lock is available in two different styles including a more ornate 'Camelot' or a modern chic 'Century' design as well as five colors including Aged Bronze, Bright Brass, Bright Chrome, Matte Black, and Satin Nickel. It also ships either in a kit with an Amazon Cloud Cam for $269 or at $199.99 for the lock by itself. Either configuration is compatible with both Amazon Alexa and Amazon Key and features a fingerprint-resistant touchscreen for code entry in a package that can be installed with nothing more than a screwdriver.
Background: For clarity, Amazon Key actually launched back in 2017 and rolled out nationwide at the beginning of this year. In summary, the service centers around connectivity feature found on compatible locks and a dedicated Amazon Key smartphone application. Those are linked up with or without an Amazon Cloud Cam to give users granular control over their doorways. For example, a homeowner can use Amazon Key to set a list of trusted visitors and schedule access for those people with a variety of options for the frequency of that access ranging from temporary to 'always'. Guests have their own access codes that are only usable for scheduled periods and can access the home using the locks’ outward-facing keypad.
Users are also notified anytime their door is locked or unlocked and, with the included camera that’s available in the full kit, can go further to see who those individuals are. In addition, to live viewing and two-way communication with anybody entering the home, clips are saved to the Key App in order to ensure that unwanted intrusions are captured. Moreover, the locks are Alexa compatible through the Alexa application and appropriate Alexa Skill, enabling voice functionality and intelligent Alexa Routines integration for smart home automation. Perhaps better still, Amazon Prime members in select cities around the US can use Amazon Key opt-in to have their Amazon-delivered packages left just inside their door rather than leaving valuable items sitting on the porch or out in the weather. The camera activates automatically in those circumstances and the delivery professional is given one-time access instead of a code to enter the home. Better still all of those features work over the cloud so homeowners have access whether they happen to be on the same network as the system or not.
Impact: The new lock brings the total number of door-securing gadgets compatible with Amazon Key to ten, giving Amazon a not-insignificant boost in terms of consumer choice. Pricing ranges from around $200 to $300 per kit and, aside from the new Schlage lock, options are also available from Yale and Kwikset. So there are more options available than ever, ranging in coloration and style to suit just about any home decor or personal preference while still offering a high level of security and peace of mind with or without a Prime subscription.