Here at Nonstop Locksmith, we’ve seen all of the latest security innovations implemented in both residential and commercial locksmith contexts. Now, in the crossroad of both these contexts, the managers of many residential buildings in New York City are beginning to implement a wide smart lock system in their properties for both the practical convenience of their tenants, but additionally in order to bolster and increase their home security. Here’s a brief guide to these latest and greatest changes.
Keyless entry offers great convenience for tenants walking up to their apartment door with arms full of packages – as well as those who have regular services that require apartment entry privileges for others, like cleaning services, dog walking, or deliveries. Smart locks allow for these visitors to enter your home with a temporary code that you choose, set to only work at a specific time.
Recently, many apartment developers and property management companies are implementing smart locks at their properties, avoiding the work of having to replace locks or lost keys by upgrading their tenant’s locks. Real estate companies including Corigin and Pan Am Equities are implementing keyless entry systems like Latch or KISI in properties ranging from East Village walkups, to 431 unit luxury doorman Chelsea buildings, and even a 570 unit condo development on Staten Island.
The main benefit of these upgrades to residents is both control and convenience, so instead of giving out keys to people like guests, pet sitters, or contractors, you can give them virtual keys. This helps dismiss all concerns about extra keys that were never returned floating around potentially unsavory hands.
These keyless entry systems also help landlords and property managers track the comings and goings of deliveries, employees, or apartment guests. If, for any reason, a tenant doesn’t pay rent or moves out, their key code can be disabled – and access codes to any special building features like pools, lounges, gyms, etc can be easily activated or deactivated.
Latch, for example, works with mortise locks. Above the normal keyhole is positioned a discreet camera embedded under a touch screen. It records who’s at the door, utilizing BlueTooth technology to communicate with your phone. You can open a door through the app on your smartphone, input a key code on the physical touchscreen on the door, or even utilize a physical key. The door can also be set to automatically unlock when the phone in your pocket is nearby.
Access codes can be set on a permanent, temporary, or schedule-based basis, and keeps a detailed log of every entrance and exit. One great benefit of key code based smart locks is that you won’t get locked out even if you don’t have your phone – since you can memorize a custom key code, or even deactivate the code by logging into your account if your phone is lost or stolen. You can also turn your smartphone itself into the key, choosing to either tap a button on an app or directly touch the phone to a code reader on the lock like at a turnstile. These smart lock systems are becoming ever more popular, as can be seen by their implementation in vast real estate contexts.
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