“Smart home technology today is rapidly on its way to mainstream; however, there are still many challenges that customers and service providers face when it comes to simple, secure home access. With August Access, our partnerships with top home service providers, and a new line of products, we’re solving the problem of bringing trusted services into the home in a secure and convenient way,” said Jason Johnson, co-founder and CEO of August. “It’s been exactly one year since the launch of the August Smart Lock, and we’ve seen exponential growth in daily usage with 5 million lock operations in the past month, signaling that our customers are providing access to their home at a rapidly growing rate and are ready to take it to the next level. Today we’re unveiling the next major step in our mission to deliver a complete system to manage, monitor, and control home access from anywhere.”
Through the August app for iOS and Android, customers can discover and sign up for new services and then control and monitor what is delivered to their homes. This means customers no longer need to be home to receive deliveries because trusted partners can securely enter the home using the August Smart Lock. Customers are informed every step of the way with real time notifications, and with an August Doorbell Cam, you can see who is at the door and speak to them prior to providing access. Partners at launch include Sears, Postmates, Pro.com, Handy, Fetch, Shyp, BloomNation, Envoy, Rinse, HelloAlfred, Wag!, Pillow, and Doorman.
Here's a look at the three new products...
● The August Smart Lock - HomeKit enabled integrates with Siri giving customers voice control to lock, unlock, or check the status of their door at anytime. It also has a modified industrial design with a magnetic faceplate, new micro-patterns to improve grip and rotation of the lock, and a slim, chrome indicator at the top of the device so people can visually see if it is locked or unlocked.
● The August Smart Keypad, which works alongside the August Smart Lock, enables an easier point of entry that doesn’t require a smartphone. Unique codes are auto-generated for one- time use or for regular use by friends, family, or trusted service providers. The device is slim and discreet so it can be easily placed near the entryway or hidden away. The Smart Keypad is battery-operated and can be self-installed within 10 minutes.
● The August Doorbell Cam allows customers to see and speak with visitors at the door from anywhere, completing August’s home access system. It is equipped with a one-way, 140 degree HD video camera and two-way audio to ensure privacy. Intelligent motion detection captures images of visitors even if they don’t ring the bell. Through the August app, customers can view a live stream of the activity at their door, receive instant notifications when motion is detected, communicate via audio, and buzz visitors in via the August Smart Lock. The Doorbell Cam is Bluetooth low energy (BLE) and Wi-Fi-enabled, allowing for secure connection to the August Smart Lock and remote access from anywhere. It can be self-installed, and replaces the existing doorbell with the same wiring.
Pricing and Availability:
The August Smart Lock - HomeKit enabled, Smart Keypad, and the Doorbell Cam are available for pre-order today on August.com, BestBuy.com, and Amazon.com. Select products will be also be available at Apple. The August Smart Lock - HomeKit enabled retails for $229, the Smart Keypad is $79, and the Doorbell Cam is $199. The existing August Smart Lock is now available for $199.