14 Smart Door Locks at CES 2015, 4 Big No-Shows, 0 Wi-Fi
CE Pro has scoured the CES 2015 show floor and found 14 manufacturers of automated door locks that employ Z-Wave, ZigBee and/or Bluetooth (BLE). Plus, we found some notable no-shows like Goji.
Julie Jacobson · December 31, 2014
This whole smart lock business was just a blip only a couple of years ago and now there are about a couple dozen makers in the category. I did a thorough review of the CES 2015 exhibitor roster and found at least 14 makers of digital locks that employ ZigBee, Z-Wave and Bluetooth Smart (Bluetooth Low Energy or BLE) plus home automation hubs for integration and remote access.
No, I didn’t forget about Wi-Fi.
As far as I can tell, no makers of Wi-Fi locks are (formally) exhibiting at the show, although I have received invitations to meet with a couple of them separately, which I’m not doing.
To date, I believe only Lockitron (not shipping) and LockState (shipping) have promoted Wi-Fi door locks. While LockState has an interesting method for stretching battery life on its locks, Wi-Fi is a power-sucking technology generally unfit for door locks. Both Lockitron and LockState are no-shows this year at CES.
So where does that leave us for CES 2015? Here’s what I found, along with booth numbers. Highlights are below, or simply flip through the slideshow below for images and details of all products (working).
One of the more interesting products - cell-based OEM product from M2M Key Corp. SEE ALL PICS IN GALLERY BELOW
RF technology unclear (presumably BLE) but SimpliciKey has its own cloud service called KeyCloud that requires a hub
Some electronic door locks with point-to-point keyfobs are shipping, but not the Internet-connected version with KeyCloud service
Details & images
Maker of MyQ Wi-Fi garage door controllers, Chamberlain is taking “innovations from the garage door to the front door - shown for the first time ....” according to a press teaser. Perhaps a lock?
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Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at email@example.com
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