Tech talker: Smart home access


More homes are moving towards keyless entry, and more connected devices and services are available to control access to your home, letting you use your phone to keep tabs on who is coming and going. 

Amazon recently expanded its “Key” services, which are now available in home, car and garage.

With the myQ smart garage door opener, connected to your Amazon Key app, you can open the garage door remotely, then once the courier drops off your package, you can close and lock it, all from your smartphone.

Amazon is also partnering with more smart home devices, including the Schlage Encode wi-fi deadbolt.

“You can create up to 100 unique codes for that temporary, permanent or reoccurring access,” says Schlage’s Brandy Butler.

You can make unique codes and time restrictions for guests or services such as a dog walker or contractor, with real-time notifications

Smart access company Latch has expanded UPS delivery inside apartment buildings to a dozen cities, part of a growing landscape of smart locks, cameras and other devices to control access to your home promising convenience and security. 

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