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, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Email Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org
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