August Home Inc, a leading provider of smart locks and smart home access products and services, announced it added the ability to unlock the August Smart Lock with a voice command using Alexa-enabled devices. Users are able to ask Alexa to "unlock my door," using a secure voice PIN code in addition to locking and checking the status of an August Smart Lock.
"Last year, we launched the August Home smart lock skill, which allowed users to lock their door and check the status of their August Smart Lock from an Alexa-enabled device," said Jason Johnson, CEO of August Home Inc. "Before adding the unlock feature, we needed to be sure we could maintain our standard for security. Now users have the convenience of using Alexa to unlock their door using their voice and a secure voice PIN from anywhere in the home."
August Smart Lock customers using a 1st generation or 2nd generation lock can begin using Alexa by enabling the August Smart Lock skill within the Alexa app. The unlock skill requires users to set a 4-12 digit PIN code during the account linking process.
Most smart locks require users to use a third party hub or buy a special component/service in order to get remote access to lock and unlock a smart lock. In order for owners of August Smart Lock to use Alexa-enabled devices to lock and unlock their door, you will be required to connect your August Smart Lock to the Internet using either the August Connect Wi-Fi Bridge or August Doorbell Cam. All three products are available through the Amazon Launchpad program for startups. And if you don't any of these August devices, no worries. You can ask Alexa to order August products from any Alexa voice-enabled device.
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