August Home Ships 2nd Generation Smart Lock with Apple HomeKit Review


August Home Ships HomeKit Enabled 2nd Generation Smart Lock

New Smart Lock uses voice commands such as “Siri, is my door locked?” to lock, unlock and check the status of doors

SAN FRANCISCO, April 28, 2016 — August Home Inc, the leading provider of smart locks and smart home access products and services that make life more simple and secure, today began shipping the 2nd generation smart lock, featuring HomeKit support. The August Smart Lock HomeKit enabled is available immediately at and from Best Buy stores for $229.

The August Smart Lock HomeKit enabled includes the ability to use Siri™ to lock or unlock doors and check the status of doors using voice commands such as “Siri, lock my door,” or “Siri, is my door locked?” on an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple Watch and 4th generation AppleTV. The 2nd generation Smart Lock is also compatible with third-party HomeKit apps including Insteon+, Lutron and iDevices that can be set up to turn on or off lights and appliances as the door is locked or unlocked.

“We are committed to providing value by partnering with companies such as Apple to deliver the features our customers are asking for, including HomeKit integration and support for Siri voice commands,” said Jason Johnson, CEO of August Home Inc. “We will continue to develop best-in-class products and partner with leading smart home companies to add convenience to consumers’ daily lives and new smart security features that are an essential element of the connected home.”

The August Smart Lock 2nd generation has a modified industrial design with a magnetic faceplate to easily access the battery compartment and HomeKit code, new micro-patterns to improve grip and rotation of the lock and a slim, chrome indicator at the top of the device so users can visually see if the door is locked or unlocked.

The August Smart Lock HomeKit enabled, August Doorbell Cam and August Smart Keypad create the complete Smart Home Access System:
· August Smart Lock HomeKit enabled

The 1st generation August Smart Lock introduced the concept of a smart lock with the ability to turn a smartphone into a smart key where consumers can lock and unlock their door, create virtual keys for guests, and keep track of who comes and goes with a 24/7 activity log – all from a smartphone. In addition, the Smart Lock offers Auto-Unlock/Lock, making it incredibly easy to enter a home without having to fumble for keys or a smartphone and leave the home secured with the door locked behind them.

The Smart Lock replaces only the interior side of most standard deadbolts; the exterior door hardware (lock) stays the same, which means consumers can use a traditional key at any time.

· August Doorbell Cam

The August Doorbell Cam lets consumers see and speak with visitors at the door, from anywhere, using a smartphone. Users know who’s at the door, even when they’re not home. It is equipped with two-way audio and one-way video using an HD camera, which gives a clear view of visitors from a smartphone, while ensuring privacy. Through the August app, customers can also view on-demand activity outside their door in real-time.

The August Smart Lock integrates with the August Doorbell Cam. The Doorbell Cam operates as a Bluetooth low energy (BLE) Wi-Fi bridge giving users the ability to securely unlock/lock their door to let visitors in remotely, from a smartphone, from anywhere. The Doorbell Cam is easy to install and replaces an existing doorbell button.

Two additional features being added to the Doorbell Cam include intelligent motion detection and digital video recordings. Intelligent motion will detect movement to identify people at the door and sends an instant alert to a smartphone whether someone drops off a package or is lurking at the door – even if the person doesn’t ring the bell. Users will also be able to record each interaction at their door and replay conversations and video recordings of visitors or a missed visitor or delivery through the August app. In the same way new features were added to the original August Smart Lock, these new features will be delivered to Doorbell Cam customers as they become available through a free, automatic software update.

· August Smart Keypad

The August Smart Keypad lets users create unique entry codes for family, friends, a dog walker, handyman, or guest to unlock an August Smart Lock without a traditional key or smartphone. An accessory product to the August Smart Lock, August Smart Keypad is simple to set up, easy to use, and controls an August Smart Lock via secure Bluetooth. The Smart Keypad runs on two AAA-batteries and does not require any wiring.

Pricing and Availability
The August Smart Lock HomeKit enabled retails for $229 USD, August Doorbell Cam for $199 USD and August Smart Keypad for $79 USD. August Smart Home Access products are available immediately at, from Best Buy stores and For information about additional consumer electronics and home improvement retailers, visit

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August is part of Airbnb’s Host Assist program, making it easy for Hosts to give Guests secure, keyless access to their listing. Hosts simply link their Airbnb account to their August account inside the August app to automate this process, adding better visibility, convenience, and security for both hosts and guests. Airbnb Hosts can use the August Smart Lock and August app or the complete August Smart Home Access System for more flexibility with how they deliver access to their property for guests.

About August Home Inc
August builds smart home access products and services that are safer than traditional keys, make life easier, and put users in control of their front door from anywhere in the world. With August Home products, users can create virtual keys to their home and easily grant access to house cleaners, dog walkers, delivery services, guests, friends, and family—and control how long that access lasts—all from a smartphone. August Home products work together, integrate with other smart devices and services, and are designed to fit naturally and elegantly into the home. Founded by technology entrepreneur Jason Johnson and renowned designer Yves Béhar, August Home Inc is headquartered in San Francisco, California.