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Is The Smart Lock Ready For Widespread Use?

Feb 28, 2020

In the past two years, smart locks have been very popular, but both the stock market and the incremental market are too large, or there are still many people who do not feel the popularity.


Undeniably, smart locks have become a new hotspot application for the Internet of Things. However, both integrators and consumers should understand some key issues before adopting smart locks.


At the Consumer Electronics Show in December, dozens of IoT companies scrambled to showcase new access control solutions. From smart locks to networked parcel lockers. However, despite the popularity of IoT technology, the security of consumer-grade connected devices is still worthy of attention. The smart lock exists to protect your house, business and property. No mistakes are allowed.

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Physical security protection has long been a trade-off between convenience and security. The earliest "smart key" originated from a universal key in the Middle Ages. It can open all the locks in the castle, which is convenient for the feudal aristocracy. They don't want to carry a large number of keys with them, but it is also good for thieves.


In the age of the Internet of Things, we are still doing the same tradeoffs. On the one hand, we want to eliminate the chaotic keychain problem. Makes getting in and out smarter and more convenient. But, on the other hand, we know that convenience often involves trade-offs. There are indeed too many loopholes for new technologies.


So, are consumer smart locks ready for widespread adoption? If you are considering introducing an IoT access control solution for your home, or plan to install smart locks for your customers. Then we need to seriously consider the following issues:



1.How safe is the smart lock hardware?


No matter what brand of smart lock is used, it is important to know that the smart lock hardware used is reliable. Is it able to keep the door firmly closed when it needs to be closed, and easily open it when authorized users need access. This is the most basic requirement for smart locks. easy to say, hard to do. Too cheap smart locks are still not expected.


At CES, McAfee announced a new study. The research shows that some powerful hackers can easily open some consumer-level smart locks with ease. This makes it easy to get into your home.


However, I don't think consumers need to worry too much. First, not all smart locks can be easily destroyed. And all that was easily killed were some substandard safety and cheap smart locks; How can there be so many technical Daniels living near your home. Such smart people generally don't do such things. Isn't there still some basic lines of defense like community security, access control systems, and security cameras? Property fees are not paid in vain.


Therefore, for ordinary users, choosing a reliable brand and reliable smart lock is basically not a lot of security concerns.

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2.Who is in control?


From a consumer perspective, you also need to be vigilant about companies that may be "ulterior motives." At least understand the basic rules of the game. For example, VOLIBEL is one of the largest participants and promoters of consumer smart locks. They are working to promote smart locks, not only to meet users' security needs, but also to simplify their delivery services and lock consumers into their retail ecosystem.


In addition, some companies may also use users' private information to make a profit. For example, data about who entered the user's house or company; it may even limit the functionality of some smart locks. Unless users choose to use their other relevant value-added services.


Therefore, those businesses that focus on business and simply buy locks may be relatively safe. As consumers, we don't want our doors to be controlled and our data to be used.

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3. How secure is your data?


According to an ADT survey, 92% of consumers expect vendors or integrators to protect their data. Consumers expect integrators or vendors to protect their data privacy in terms of smart locks. Do you really want everyone to know who is visiting your home, or when is your house vacant?


At the same time, consumers can reduce risk by using appropriate cybersecurity measures. For example, don't use the default password or simple password. Set a more complicated password to unlock.


But it's also important to understand how your smart lock company handles your data. Certified Read the data privacy clause to see if your data will be shared with third parties. At the same time, you need to pay attention to how to store your data. For example, if your information is stored on an insecure server, this may leave you vulnerable to attack or disclosure.


But what I want to say is that at this stage all of this is inevitable. Once consumers buy a smart lock, they can only accept it passively. Consumers can only expect that the smart lock makers they choose will truly keep their promises as they claim. Because, all suppliers will not stupidly tell you that they want to use your data to do things that you don't want to know.

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4.How safe is the smart lock in real applications?


Even the most secure tools can easily be defeated by their own users. For example, when a user enters a password in social software or tells someone your password over the phone. In fact, hackers have already been given a chance (but most people are not worthy of being hacked, and it is not profitable to hack). Suppliers can reduce these risks by increasing user training.


For example, last year ADT announced a consumer privacy plan. This is an industry-level plan. Designed to unite the smart home security industry. Provide clear guidelines and best practices on how security providers manage consumer data and protect their privacy. Over the past year, organizations such as ADT, Alarm.com, the Electronic Security Association (ESA), the Security Industry Association (SIA), the integrator Vector Security, and others have jointly developed basic industry-wide guidelines for consumer privacy .

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Take security seriously


The Internet of Things will dramatically change the access control experience for businesses and consumers. However, there is still a long way to go before it can be widely used by both suppliers and consumers. And inevitable errors will occur in the process.


To avoid and mitigate various security issues, vendors should provide users with enterprise-level security. Users should take security and privacy issues seriously.


The most important thing is that smart building technology will definitely continue to exist and evolve. If we take the right steps, the living environment for all of us will be better. However, for consumers, when choosing technology products such as smart locks, it must be noted that security is much more important than convenience.

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