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    Are Smart Locks Worth It? 5 Common Smart Lock Myths: Busted

    Sponsored by RemoteLock

    Locks have come a long way. Gone are the days in which a simple lock and key secured your doors. Now, smart locks are everywhere. With progressions in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth dependability plus safety improvements to hardware, smart locks are one of the smartest and safest access solutions for businesses and homes alike. Yet these modern wonders are still often misunderstood. So, let’s clear the air and debunk the most common smart lock myths.

    Myth #1: They’re not safe.

    How much do you trust your online banking portal? Every day—every minute, in fact—your bank secures your personal information and your finances with SSL encryption and trusted password protection. Understandably, you have the same expectations for securing your business, your properties, and even your home, which is why most smart locks employ the same data security measures as today’s online banking systems. And if you’re managing a large number of smart locks across a portfolio, you’ve likely considered investing in an access control platform like RemoteLock, which adds an additional layer of data protection with SSL encryption and industry best practices at all points of interface. As for hacking a smart lock, chances of success are rare considering nearly all smart locks contain a certain method of sequencing to reject a packet or a signal that has already been delivered. When compared to physical keys, which can be lost or stolen, smart locks offer even more peace of mind.

    Bottom Line: Smart locks are secured with the same standards as your personal banking software, and they’re safer than physical keys.

    Myth #2: They’re difficult to use.

    As smart locks have become more advanced, many believe the technology is too intimidating to install or manage day-in and day-out. But the opposite is true: As the technology has improved, so has the ease of use, and many smart locks simply require a screwdriver and a little technical know-how to get up and running. Installation guides from lock manufacturers are readily available online. Access control software providers offer plenty of support, too, when it comes to getting your smart lock connected to your smartphone or laptop. If you’re an enterprise managing many different locks across many different locations, a top access control provider like RemoteLock can connect you with reputable dealers for large-scale installations.

    Bottom Line: Smart locks are easy to install, and dealers can help with more complex installations.

    Myth #3: They aren’t practical for businesses.

    The efficiencies, convenience, and growth opportunities that come along with smart locks are hard for anyone to ignore, especially those in multifamily, vacation rental, and commercial industries. First off, today’s consumers, residents, and guests have come to expect such modern conveniences. Not only do they provide a more enjoyable and efficient user experience, but they also remove the expense and risk associated with routinely replacing lost or stolen keys, or rekeying locks. Enterprise solutions offer cost-effective options for businesses of any size, and a universal access control platform like RemoteLock makes management easy, scalable, and future-proof for ultimate flexibility.

    Bottom Line: Investing in a universal access control platform is one of the safest and smartest decisions a business can make.

    Myth #4: When the power goes out, so do the locks.

    It may seem logical that a power outage also shuts down your smart locks. But the majority of today’s smart locks are designed to operate despite loss of power or a lost internet connection. Battery-powered locks continue to function as normal during an outage, and Wi-Fi-enabled locks, particularly those controlled by a cloud-based software solution like RemoteLock, continue to operate without disruption thanks to their ability to be pushed “to-the-edge”—or decentralized—which enables the doors and locks to operate properly regardless of their connection to the internet.

    Bottom Line: Today’s smart locks, whether battery-powered or Wi-Fi-enabled, are designed to function during a power outage.

    Myth #5: They can only be controlled on-site.

    Smart locks shouldn’t be a hassle. And if you’re running a large business like a multifamily management company, they certainly shouldn’t interfere with your daily operations. Luckily, cloud-enabled software solutions make it simple for property managers to remotely manage all access points from a single platform, from anywhere. These access control solutions eliminate the need for complicated control panels or site visits to update the system, and a solution like RemoteLock lets you rest easy with an intuitive mobile app that doesn’t require an IT team to navigate.

    Bottom Line: Cloud-based access control software allows business owners to remotely manage all their doors and locks from a single, easy-to-use dashboard.

    Interested in controlling all smart locks from one easy-to-use platform? Contact RemoteLock today to see how universal access control can transform operations for your business.

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