The keyless security expert TurboLock introduced a new line of smart home digital door locks.
“We believe the ‘Internet of Things’ trend is going to be a dominant smart lock feature moving forward,” Don Stefanovich, communications director for TurboLock says. “Having a unified app that can control the majority of your smart home features is on the horizon.”
Model TL115 and TL117 include Bluetooth wireless technology that allows the door lock to connect to the TurboLock Plus app. With this free app, users can control “multiple TurboLock devices, share encrypted eKeys with other users, lock and unlock devices from the app, receive real-time push notifications when the lock is accessed and more.” In order to use the Bluetooth technology, the app and locks must have internet access.
“The convenience offered by smart locks are certainly a desired feature that is quickly growing in demand,” Stefanovich says. “Although the TL115 and TL117 are more expensive that the the non-Bluetooth versions, they have considerably outsold the non-bluetooth models.”
Each model has a standard keypad with the ability to program 10 individual passcodes “with more than a million combinations,” according to the company. For added safety, permanent codes must be created within range of the keypad. To make a code for someone out of range, such as an aunt dropping by to watch a dog, users can program temporary passcodes that work for up to three times. They can also use the “passcode disguise” feature which allows up to 12 extra digits before or after the passcode to trick people who are snooping. As long as the correct sequence is entered in order before or after those random numbers, the code will still work.
“You could easily generate a specific code for your mailman, gardner, neighbor or children,” Stefanovich says. “And as an additional security feature, you can track individual code use via the TurboLock Plus app.”
For close friends and family, owners can generate an encrypted key that is stored on the intended user’s app. Because of an e-key’s short-range, one-to-one connection that times out quickly, Stefanovich says the app is protected against a man-in-the-middle attack, which is when one party pretends to be another and steals information. Other features on the Bluetooth-enabled models include the ability to instantly cancel an e-key and a mandatory validation of e-keys before use (internet access is required for these).
Built to withstand extreme weather, locks are available in nickel or bronze finish. They take 9-volt battery that can power locks for up to a year and include a micro-USB port that can connect to a power bank in case of emergency.