By: Kalyn Schieffer
I know it may seem a bit early to even utter the phrase, “back to school”, but every year, it creeps up and many people find themselves completely unprepared for the change of pace. Aside from beating the rush at the store for school supplies so your kid can get the perfect binder, there are a few products out there that can help make the back to school transition a bit easier on your family.
One of our clients, Unikey, powers the Kevo, the only bluetooth touch to open smart lock available on the market. Unikey partnered with Kwikset, the well-known North American residential lock leader, to create this innovative and one of a kind smart lock to make unlocking your door quick and convenient. The more I learn about the Kevo, the more I think about convincing my apartment managers that we should have them installed. If being able to unlock the front door with just a tap of a finger could make my life easier, it can certainly make the lives of busy moms and dads a little easier as well.
Not only does the Unikey technology behind the Kevo eliminate digging around for your keys while juggling other things like groceries, a gym bag, or even a child, it can help you keep track of when your children arrive home. During the school year, many parents get home after their child is already back from school, therefore requiring them to entrust their kid with a house key or take the risk of hiding a key under the mat. I’m sure most parents who have tried either of these tactics have replaced their locks several times due to frequently lost keys. With a Kevo installed in their home, older kids with smartphones just need to get registered with the Kevo app and possess an e-key allowing them to touch the lock and walk right in. For younger kids that may not be ready for a smartphone, the Kevo also comes with a key fob that they can keep in their backpack or pocket so they can utilize the smart lock as well.
Now that your kid is inside, they probably forgot to let you know that they got home safe because they are already hard at work on their homework… or watching TV. Don’t pick up your phone to call home just yet, because you can head straight to your Kevo app and check the lock history to see who has unlocked or locked the door. This could even help parents outsmart their teenagers who think they are “sneaking” out. Gotta love technology.
Having a Kevo can not only benefit everyone inside the family when the school year starts, but it can also help out babysitters or dog walkers who need to access your home on certain days and times when you may not be there. Using the Kevo app, you can send temporary eKeys straight to their smartphone so they will be able to get in the house to do their job without you having to come home in the middle of the day to let them in, or give them a spare key. When their job inside your home is done, you can easily disable the eKey you sent so they no longer have access.
Keeping your house and family safe and secure gets more difficult during the school year when everyone has a different schedule. That’s why the Kevo was not only manufactured to be convenient, but also extremely safe and strong. Families have trusted Kwikset locks and deadbolts for 67 years and can continue to do so with the Kevo’s advanced security features. With patent pending intelligent positioning technology, the Kevo can detect whether an authorized user is inside or outside the home before it unlocks to ensure that only the right people can enter your home. After you walk in the front door and your smartphone is still within range of the lock, it will not allow unauthorized users to press the lock behind you and gain access.
Getting used to the school year grind can be stressful for everyone involved. Let the Kwikset Kevo powered by Unikey technology take care of keeping your home safe and secure amidst your family’s crazy schedule. Installing one may even be easier than picking out a new lunch box!
To learn more about the Kevo, visit Kwikset’s website. Find news and updates on Unikey’s website at www.unikey.com or follow them on Twitter. If you have any questions about how the Kevo can help you and your family, feel free to ask me in the comments or reach out to me on Twitter @CasterKalyn or @CasterComm.