smart lock

Smart lock maker Latch teams with real estate firm to go public via SPAC

This week, Latch becomes the latest company to join the SPAC parade. Founded in 2014, the New York-based company came out of stealth two years later, launching a smart lock system. Though, like many c

The Level Bolt and Level Touch smart locks are a cut above the competition in design and usability

Level is one of the newer players in the smart lock space, but with a design pedigree that includes a lot of former Apple employees. The company is already attracting a lot of praise for its industria

Level Home introduces Level Touch, a sleek smart lock that doesn’t advertise its intelligence

Hardware startup Level introduced their first product earlier this year, and now they’re already following it up with a brand new smart lock. The original Level Lock broke new ground in the smar

The new August Wi-Fi Smart Lock is now available, and it’s the connected smart lock to beat

It’s been a few years since August introduced any new hardware, but its August Wi-Fi Smart Lock, which it debuted at CES this year, is now available. This is the new flagship in the August lineu

Security flaws in a popular smart home hub let hackers unlock front doors

When is a smart home not so smart? When it can be hacked. That’s exactly what security researchers Chase Dardaman and Jason Wheeler did with one of the Zipato smart hubs. In new research publish

Smart lock maker Otto suspends operations

Otto showed the world its digital lock in August. Four months later, the company has suspended operations. Hardware is hard. It’s a cliche for a reason. The company made the decision just ahead of t

Latch touts first deliveries via NY Jet.com smart access tie-up

In July b2b smart access startup Latch announced a partnership with ecommerce platform Jet.com to install 1,000 of its smart locks on residential apartment buildings in New York. It's now announced t

The canaries in a coal mine

I’ve seen startups come and go over the years and I was particularly interested to see what happened to August Home today. The company originally tapped Yves Behar to make a better smart lock,

Swedish lock giant Assa Abloy acquires smart lock maker August Home

The smart home market continues to heat up, and the legacy giants do not want to get locked out: quite literally. This morning, Assa Abloy, the $23 billion Swedish lock giant that owns Yale and many o

August announces new smart locks and a smart doorbell

August has updated its smart lock line with a new Pro version with Bluetooth, HomeKit, and Wi-Fi support, as well as the more basic model for $149. They’ve also announced the Doorbell Cam Pro fo

Otto is betting people will pay $700 for a premium smart lock

What’s the biggest thing holding back smart locks? Pricing? Consumer awareness? Security concerns? Bay Area-based startup Otto believes the issue is due, in part, to aesthetics. Today the company sh

Latch adds HomeKit-approved smart lock to its enterprise suite

Enterprise-grade smart lock startup Latch has added a third product to its portfolio. The 'Latch C' is notable as its first smart lock to be certified to work with Apple's HomeKit.

Update bricks smart locks preferred by Airbnb

A subset of smart locks made by Lockstate have been bricked after an update. The smart lock vendor is part of Airbnb's Host Assist program, and integrates with the accommodation rental platform so, f

August Home raises another $25 million as it expands service partnerships for its smart locks

When August Home raised its last big round nearly two and half years ago, the smart lock maker was targeting retail expansion. That’s still part of the plan for the company’s new $25 million Serie

Jet.com is installing Latch access systems in 1,000 NYC apartment buildings for easier deliveries

Jet, the online retailer bought by Walmart last year, has struck a deal with smart access provider Latch in an effort to make deliveries easier for its customers in urban areas. Over 100,000 residents

Enterprise smart lock player Latch snags another $10M

New York based Latch has topped up its Series A with a further $10 million in external funding, bringing on a new investor RRE Ventures. Existing investors also participated.

Latch tools up with second smart access product for offices, apartment blocks

New York-based smart lock maker Latch, which targets the enterprise market, selling its locks plus a subscription digital entry management service to building owners wanting to offer value-add service

Bitlock crowdfunded a smart bike lock in 2013. What happened next?

Two and a half years ago Bitlock set out to crowdfund a smart bike lock at a time when hype around connected devices was surging and goodwill in crowdfunding platforms was buoyant. Since then both cat

After Two Years In Stealth, Smart Lock Maker Latch Talks Funding, Features

On the surface, the smart lock space can seem pretty crowded already, with names like Lockitron and August and Kisi apparently in play for several years. But New York based Latch contends it's mostly

August Debuts Three Products And Its Partner Platform ‘August Access’

Unlocking your door might not sound exciting, but once you've seen an August Smart Lock in action, you'll change your mind. The company behind it, August, is doubling down on the connected home with a
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