LockSmart Keyless Bluetooth Padlock
Dog and Bone, www.dogandbonecases.com
Battery life, secure, easy to use
The humble padlock, first invented almost 2000 years ago, has barely changed. A key on the bottom, a solid metal shackle and a strong body have been the recipe for security for a long time. But that doesn’t mean this guardian of our gear isn’t ripe for a technological facelift.
Dog & Bone has taken this age old protector and added a wireless twist to create the LockSmart Keyless Bluetooth Padlock.
At first glance, the LockSmart looks like almost any other padlock, albeit slightly more stylish. The polished zinc alloy body safely houses the electronic and mechanical components within. The shackle is made of 8mm stainless steel. There’s a rubber cover over the USB port that’s used to recharge the LockSmart. That also covers a small button that can be used to initiate the pairing process and indicate the battery status via a small LED on the LockSmart’s face.
LockSmart’s boast is that its padlock that isn’t just weather resistant – it’s weatherproof. So rain, hail, snow and sunshine are not a problem, with a working temperature rating of between -20 Celsius and 70 Celsius. Although, there’s a fair bet your fingers will get burned if you’re opening it on a hot summer’s day.
The LockSmart, despite its technical sophistication, is very easy to use.
In order to use the LockSmart, you’ll need to install an app to your iPhone or Android smartphone and create a user account. Once that’s done, you use the LockSmart app to connect to the lock. The app lets you control several LockSmart devices. You can name each one, as well as include an image to make different locks easy to identify. For example, if you have a LockSmart on your shed and another on the gate, you can shoot a picture of each and include it on each lock’s profile.
As well as being able control multiple locks from one instance of the app, the LockSmart can be shared to multiple users – overcoming the old ‘who has the keys for the lock’ problem many households face. Each opening and closing of the LockSmart is logged so you know who opened the lock and when.
As well as letting you unlock the LockSmart by tapping on the screen, the app also allows you use Touch ID or a passcode to unlock the LockSmart if you want to add some extra security. The app also integrates with the iPhone’s notification system so you can be alerted when the battery level is low – although you won’t see too many of those notifications as the battery is rated for up to two years or 3000 opens.
One of the applications we saw for the LockSmart was being able to remotely unlock secured locations without having to fumble around looking for keys. However, one of the challenges is the need to press the power button under the rubber cover. Although it’s not a massive inconvenience a lot of the time – pressing on the cover will activate it – it was annoying finding the button in the dark.
Also, the size of the LockSmart limits its usefulness. The 8mm shackle is quite large and the 388g weight is quite hefty. So, while it’s great for locking up a shed, it’s not suitable for smaller applications such as letterboxes.
As well as the obvious domestic applications, tradies will find the LockSmart useful. A site manager could lock sheds and allocate access to specific people and tradespeople can lock their vans and trailers easily.
In short, the LockSmart is a great example of how technology can improve an old product.