Companies like Yale Locks and Schlage have been offering touchscreen and internet accessible/automated doors locks for awhile now. The problem is systems like the Schlage LiNK system add an additional layer of tech hardware (wireless bridge) and a monthly subscription fee; installation can be a bit more involved than your traditional lock system.
Yale's inTouch model is a simple touchscreen deadbolt without all the bells and whistles of an online/mobile accessible system, while supposedly touch as nails according to the video above. We bet a competent burglar could pick the lock without too much trouble. But then again, the number of truly gifted thieves are likely not going to be visiting our humble abode any time soon unless they want a 1st gen iPod and drawers full of USB cables.The latest deadbolt device unveiled at CEDIA EXPO 2010 had us wondering if it was time to upgrade. The Yale Real Living series (available in capacitive touchscreen and simple button models), can be used with Zigbee or Z-Wave networked systems, giving users the ability to lock, unlock and monitor from afar the state of the lock. Partnered with an home automation system like the Control4, the locks become a piece in an overall security and monitoring system we could only dream of as renters. With up to 250 user entry profiles, we would have had more than enough options to get back in if we locked ourselves out with one of these locking solutions. At $299/$399 (but no monthly fee) these type of locks are still in the realm of the affluent, so we'll likely continue to rely upon what most people still use today: lock and key. At least until the next time we lock ourselves out.
How about you? Have you considered or already installed a touch screen and/or internet accessible home locking system? We'd love to hear what you like and dislike about these systems. Was it worth the cost? Was installation simple or a hassle?