Is Goji the Smartest Deadbolt Lock Ever?

Smartphone-activated, Bluetooth-based Goji Smart Lock greets homeowners by name and captures images via a built-in camera.

Is Goji the Smartest Deadbolt Lock Ever?

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Jason Knott · July 9, 2013

This just might be the highest tech door lock of them all (including the nine other smart locks discussed here), or at minimum it is the most unconventional. Goji, a crowdfunded developer of advanced smart locks, has introduced the Goji Smart Lock, a smartphone-connected electronic security deadbolt with a built-in camera that sends real-time picture alerts and emails for visual confirmation of who is opening the door. (UPDATE: Inside the Goji Lock: What’s Up with that Camera?)

The sleek-looking lock recently made its debut at the Pacific Coast Builders Conference in San Francisco. The contemporary-looking lock is a modern disc in brushed metal with a subtle blue-text LED display that welcomes users by name. The Goji Smart Lock works with Bluetooth low energy mobile phones and also works through the home’s Wi-Fi network.

The device replaces a key with a smartphone, activating the deadbolt lock when the homeowner approaches the door. Homeowners can grant day- and time-specific access privileges to people, for example, to visiting friends and family; service professionals such as contractors, house cleaners and dog walkers; and to short-term renters who use services such as Airbnb. Goji digital keys are encrypted using bank-level encryption and cannot be transferred, stolen or copied like a mechanical key can. In case the homeowner misplaces his phone, Goji offers 24/7 customer service to provide assistance.

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Featuring patent-pending technology, the UL-listed Goji Smart Lock consists of the battery-operated deadbolt lock, which homeowners can install themselves in the place of an existing deadbolt, four digital keys and two conventional keys. Programmable fobs are also available.

The device is expected to be available in December on Goji’s website for $278. Pre-orders are being accepted at Indiegogo. Discounts will be offered.

Product features include:

Picture Alerts: The lock has a built-in camera to send the homeowner real-time picture alerts via text and email that show who is activating the lock. All activity and photos are recorded in a log that the homeowner can access from the Goji mobile app or their Goji-account web page.

Day and Time Parameters: Homeowners decide exactly when someone can access their home by sending someone day- and time-specific access rights via text or email, and they can revoke them through the Goji app or website.

Sleek Design:Goji Smart Lock’s has a circular form and brushed-metal finish. There is no keypad or visible keyhole. A subtle blue LED display welcomes people by name.

24/7 Customer Service: Goji offers live telephone assistance and a network of locksmiths in case the homeowner misplaces their phone and needs assistance.

Bluetooth and WiFi: The lock and digital keys use bank-level security algorithms, 128-bit encryption.

Key Fobs and Backups: Although optimized for use with a mobile phone, the lock also offers programmable fobs for those who don’t carry a mobile phone. For backup, the lock also operates with a conventional key by pulling back the digital display to reveal the keyhole.

“The centuries-old deadbolt lock is undergoing a radical metamorphosis right now that promises to give us previously unimagined control over access to our homes,” says Gabriel Bestard, founder and CEO of Goji, “Being able to send someone a digital key using your mobile phone is just the start. With the Goji Smart Lock, we’re already taking it further by sending picture alerts of anyone who enters your home using their Goji digital key and greeting them by name right on the lock. The future of locks is now.”

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  About the Author

Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990. He joined EH Publishing in 2000, and before that served as publisher and editor of Security Sales, a leading magazine for the security industry. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He is currently a member of the CEDIA Education Action Team for Electronic Systems Business. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Jason at [email protected]

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