Lockly Secure & Secure Plus Cleverly Make Homes More SecureBy - 12/06/2018
Most automated locks are smart in a sense that they can detect your presence and automatically lock and unlock themselves as you come and go. But Lockly is different. It’s more than smart; it’s clever. To underline what I mean, let’s take a closer look.
There’s a good chance you haven’t heard of Lockly yet, but you might have heard of its former brand name “PIN Genie.” PIN Genie launched their first smart lock on Kickstarter back in 2016 and successfully delivered the finished product in 2017. Shortly after that, they rebranded as Lockly, and now, they’ve launched two new smart locks: Lockly Secure and Lockly Secure Plus.
Lockly Secure and Secure Plus are similar smart locks. Both are available in deadbolt and latch versions, and both come in Satin Nickel and Venetian Bronze finishes. They are also both designed to install on the external side of the door and can support doors that open either left or right. However, Lockly Secure Plus sells for $50 more than Lockly Secure because it offers 3D fingerprint scanning. More on that later.
Lockly Secure & Secure Plus Features
As the two smart locks from Lockly offer the same set of features (except for fingerprint scanning), for now, I’m going to refer to the two locks as Lockly.
Locking & Unlocking Your Door
Lockly supports Bluetooth. From the app, you can remotely lock and unlock your door. Of course, that’s just one way you can access your door. You can also use a conventional key, an eKey (unlocks when your phone approaches the door), or enter a unique PIN. To make using a PIN a touch easier, Lockly’s digital keypad automatically lights up when you approach it.
Entering a PIN to unlock your door is a common smart lock feature, but Lockly has a clever way to ensure that intruders can’t use your PIN to breach your door. They call the feature “PIN Genie.” You know how in the movies they dust fingerprint patterns off of access control systems to figure out the PIN code? That won’t work on Lockly. Instead of a numeric keypad, Lockly features a 4-button dynamic digital keypad. Each button uses a three digit combination. The layout changes every time you try to unlock Lockly, which means even if others see which buttons you press, the combination won’t be the same when they try to copy it. The only way they can unlock the door is if they know your actual PIN.
Safe-Mode is another clever feature Lockly uses to deny unauthorized entry. If an unwanted guest enters a wrong PIN three consecutive times, the keypad will disable for a set amount of time. It’s kind of like entering the wrong passcode to your iPhone. If you do this ten times consecutively, it will lock you out.
There are only three ways to deactivate Lockly’s Safe-Mode. First, you can use either of the two physical keys that ship with the smart lock. The second method is available via the Lockly smartphone app. You simply have to be within Bluetooth range to use your smartphone to unlock your door. If you can’t use either of the first two methods, your last resort is to wait for the digital keypad to reactivate and then enter the correct PIN two consecutive times. If you successfully enter your PIN, your door will unlock and disable Safe-Mode. However, if you enter the wrong PIN, the digital keypad will again disable for a longer period of time which can be up to an hour.
Granting, Revoking, And Customizing Access
Using the app, you can grant and revoke access to your door. You can issue eKeys or temporary PIN codes to guests. You can customize the validity period of each eKey or access code, or you can even set up codes or eKeys for one-time access. Of course, you can also revoke access at any time.
Lockly also features a unique patent-pending feature that I’ve yet to see offered by any other smart lock: Offline Access Codes (OAC). With OAC, you can grant access codes to guests even if your smartphone is offline. Better still, your guests won’t need the Lockly app to gain access.
For OAC to work, you need to set up the feature using the Lockly app. From there, you can issue up to 50 access codes, which will be saved to Lockly’s internal memory.
When you need to give a guest an Offline Access Code, simply visit the app, and activate OAC. At this time, you will also set how long the code should remain active. The app will then generate directions for your guest on how to activate the code.
The directions will ask your guest to enter a 6-digit code, a 4-digit code, and another 4-digit code, pressing the matrix-like button after each code. The 6-digit code is what your guest will use to unlock the door once the OAC has been activated. The first 4-digit code is an app-generated code that tells the lock how long the access code will be valid. And the last 4-digit code activates the OAC.
Once you’ve used all 50 codes you initially set up, you will have to issue a fresh set of codes before using the OAC feature again.
Another clever feature, although not as unique as PIN Genie or OAC, is Auto-Lock. After you unlock your door from the inside or outside, Lockly automatically locks itself after a customizable amount of time. This ensures that you never leave your door open when you leave your house or go to sleep.
At-Home Privacy Mode
Lockly can also provide you well-deserved privacy when you need it. If you activate the “At-Home Privacy Mode,” Lockly disables all means of unlocking your door except for the physical key. That way, only those who have the key can open your door.
Year-Long Battery Life & Emergency Battery Backup
Let’s talk about Lockly’s battery life. Lockly’s batteries are said to last for up to a year. You also don’t have to worry about coming home to a dead smart lock because you can monitor Lockly’s battery life using the app. When it needs replacing, all you need are four AA batteries.
Unfortunately, replacing the battery requires access to the part attached to the interior side of your door. If you’re ever locked out, you have two options: First, you can unlock Lockly using your physical key. Second, you can keep a 9V battery with you and use it to power Lockly temporarily. There’s a terminal for a 9V battery on the underside of Lockly’s external unit.
Lockly Secure Plus’ Extra Feature: 3D Fingerprint Scanner
Finally, let’s discuss Lockly Secure Plus’ extra feature: 3D fingerprint scanning. Lockly claims that this feature is special because it’s more than just the ability to recognize fingerprints. They say that it uses a capacitive fingerprint reader instead of the optical scanner most fingerprint readers use. Because of that, it won’t be fooled by lifted or printed fingerprints. It only accepts actual fingerprints.
Lockly Secure Plus can remember and give access to up to 99 fingerprints. You can also manage each fingerprint to limit or even revoke its access. Of course, if a fingerprint was used to unlock the door, you’ll also be able to monitor whose fingerprint was used.
Lockly Secure Pro: A Wi-Fi Enabled Smart Lock
Lockly Secure and Lockly Secure Plus are just the beginning. During CES 2019, Lockly released Lockly Secure Pro for pre-order, with a pre-order price of $249.99. It will retail for $299.99. You can pre-order it on Lockly’s website.
Lockly Secure Pro has all of the features of Secure Plus, but with the addition of Alexa and Google Assistant integrations. Lockly also claims that it will gain HomeKit compatibility later this year. They’re planning to ship pre-ordered Lockly Secure Pros within the first quarter of 2019.
Lockly Secure & Secure Plus Pricing
For now, only Lockly Secure and Secure Plus are available for purchase. The Lockly Secure Deadbolt edition sells for $199.99, while the Latch edition sells for $229.99. On the other hand, the Lockly Secure Plus Deadbolt edition sells for $249.99 while the Latch edition sells for $279.99.