devices, you will want to secure that investment. What better
way to do so than with a HomeKit-compatible lock? Schlage,
a leader in the security hardware industry, has created its
Sense Smart Deadbolt ($229), which is available in a variety
of colors and styles to match your door design. Schlage also
offers a matching handle set in case your front door has a
handle locking bolt along with a deadbolt. This hardware combination will add roughly another hundred dollars to the overall
price, but it’s a worthy upgrade considering what you’re securing behind that door.
If you’re handy with tools and inserting a couple screws, installing the hardware is a straightforward affair. Schlage offers
several videos on its support website to help the process go
smoothly. And unlike much more expensive locks that require
additional electrical cabling for power, Schlage’s Sense Smart
Deadbolt is entirely self-contained since it’s battery powered.
Once you’ve installed the hardware, download Schlage’s
Sense app (free) and enter the deadbolt’s HomeKit PIN (
located on the back of the deadbolt assembly or on the front sticker of the included user guide). Once paired, just toggle the
on-screen icon in the Home app to lock and unlock the door
(or just ask Siri to do it for you). You can also set up a Scene in
the Home app to lock and unlock at certain times as well as
create access codes on the front panel for keyless entry.
The Sense Smart Deadbolt can store up to 30 different access codes, so that each family member, authorized visitor,
and service worker can use their own unique code. That way,
the app can display a log of who opened and locked the door
at various times throughout the day. It can also alert you when
the batteries need to be replaced or if an unauthorized individ-
ual has attempted to force their way in. If you have HomeKit
configured on your spare iPad or Apple TV, you will be alerted
when someone tries to unlock your door in real-time.
Living the Smart-Home Dream
Smart home technology has come a long way. What used
to require hours or even days of assembly and knowledge of
electrical and software engineering has now been reduced
to a few minutes of setup that anyone can do. As more
manufacturers bring their home-related products online, this
remarkable level of convenience will become standard for any
network-enabled home product.
Mike Riley, a professional software developer and emerging information technologist,
is the author of Programming Your Home, published by Pragmatic Bookshelf. Mike is
also a contributing editor and author of hundreds of technical articles and reviews for
a number of popular technology publications. For more information, contact Mike via
email at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @mriley.