It may seem a little odd, but the smart lock might be the next big competition ground. With August launching last week, Goji has introduced this week the Goji Smart Lock. It's the first electronic deadbolt to provide a new level of home-access control and information-including picture alerts-via smart phones so that homeowners feel more confident and secure about who is coming and going from their homes. The Goji Smart Lock is the only lock that has a built-in camera to send homeowners real-time picture alerts via text and email to give them visual confirmation of who is activating their lock.
It's just another step in home automation becoming more mainstream. The Goji Smart Lock works with Bluetooth low energy mobile phones and also works through the home WiFi network, which enables homeowners to operate the lock from anywhere in the world. With the Goji Smart Lock, homeowners no longer need to carry a conventional key. Instead, their smart phone activates the deadbolt lock when they approach 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.
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. The company expects the lock to ship in December for around $278, while pre-orders are being accepted now.