Connected security devices have become a boom area for the smart home. You can see and speak with whoever has the audacity to ring your video doorbell, keep eyes on your property from anywhere in the world with a camera and app, or remotely light up your abode like a Christmas tree to spook would- be intruders. However, nobody has yet perfected the smart door lock… until perhaps now. The Ultion Smart from Brisant-Secure is different from the fistful of connected locking systems developed by tech companies, because they’re a lock specialist first and foremost… but that’s just part of the story.
Bad boys what you gonna do?
Regardless of how clever it is, how nicely it plays with other smart home platforms and what features it includes, the fundamental job of a door lock is to keep the bad guys out. The standard Ultion lock – minus its freshly added smarts – has been designed and sold by Brisant-Secure for the past five years. It’s tested to every lock standard available, used by professional locksmiths, and approved by the rozzers.
At the centre of every Ultion Smart is an Ultion lock and with it every element of Ultion security. A nice soundbite, but ultimately meaningless if you’re new to the brand, so Brisant-Secure has put its money where its mouth is, offering a £1000 security guarantee against the most common form of break-in: someone snapping the lock.
It’s got a key
There are multiple ways to use the Ultion Smart – voice controls with Amazon Alexa or Siri through Apple HomeKit, Bluetooth thorough an accompanying app, wireless keypad PIN access, or a proper key. Where other smart locks have ditched key entry entirely, Ultion Smart helps you avoid the humiliation of not having enough smartphone charge to let you into your own house.
So why have a smart lock at all? Using GPS and Bluetooth, the door can automatically unlock when you approach and automatically lock behind you. You can even issue time-limited electronic keys to others – handy for Airbnb landlords, letting in tradespeople, or issuing ultimatums for someone to be home by a certain time. For people with mobility issues you can set it so a slight touch enables the lock to turn.
It looks like a lock
To be honest, we quite like the idea of accessing your house turning into a scene from Blade Runner 2049, but in reality the novelty is likely to wear off, so Brisant- Secure has done the sensible thing and made its lock look like a lock. Either retain your existing external door handle or select one from the Brisant-Secure furniture range with a choice of five external finishes – matching knockers and letterboxes are also available. All handles have an award-winning edgeless design and no external electronics.
Choosing your Ultion Smart Lock
Danish tech brand Danalock deals with the digital encryption. That means an advanced algorithm that’s AES256 secure – the same standard used by the military. The connection between the lock and your phone is also encrypted, while the digital keys authenticating it all are stored in an HSM cryptoprocessing chip so no private info is leaked.
Multiple platforms There are three Ultion Smart locks to choose from: a Bluetooth model supporting Alexa with IFTTT, a Zigbee/Z-Wave model that also supports Bluetooth and Alexa, and a dedicated Apple HomeKit version for iOS users that also works with Siri and the Apple Watch.
Easy installation An Ultion Smart can be installed to an existing door and door handle within minutes. No drilling is required and the batteries are easy to replace – a smartphone notification will inform you if they’re running low. For more info or to pick up a Ultion Smart from £229 visit the website now.