Today August announced the August Smart Lock Pro and August Smart Lock, our newest smart locks, which include the newest August innovation, DoorSense™.
What is DoorSense?
DoorSense is the first intelligent, integrated sensor that tells you if the door is open or closed.
Why does it matter?
Many people leave home thinking their door is securely closed and locked when the door is actually ajar and the deadbolt unable to properly engage. All other smart locks tell you whether or not your deadbolt is thrown and that’s how they determine whether your door is locked. If your door is slightly ajar those apps may tell you the door is locked even though your door is open.
With DoorSense on your door, your August Smart Lock can detect when your door is open or closed in addition to whether or not the deadbolt is locked. If you accidentally leave the door open as you are rushing to work in the morning, you will receive an alert through the August app.
How it works
Today, August Smart Lock users are familiar with the open green circle in the app to indicate unlocked and the closed red circle for locked. With DoorSense, two new states have been added, a broken yellow circle indicating your door is open and unlocked as well as a broken red circle to let you know your deadbolt is thrown and your door isn’t properly closed.
If you have an August Connect Wi-Fi Bridge you can see when the door was was left open through the Activity Feed and with August Active Monitoring Beta you can set up push notifications that will alert you if the door is left open for a set period of time.
New Instant Auto-Lock
Now that your August Smart Lock can see whether your door is open or closed, Auto-Lock is even smarter. Your door can be set to lock immediately once your door is closed. Enable this feature in the Settings menu.
Just like the August Smart Lock, DoorSense is easy to install. You can choose to use a surface mount with the double-sided tape provided or a flush mount inside your door frame using a drill with a ⅝” drill bit.