A quick install
Unlike some of its competitors, August takes up just one side of the door. It replaces the thumb latch on the interior side of the existing deadbolt. That makes installing the lock a process that takes 10 minutes or less.
Instead of a physical key, users download a smartphone app that securely communicates with the lock over a low-energy kind of Bluetooth. Options include having August autolock and unlock when users are feet away or tapping a virtual button to do the job.
Virtual keys, as you please
The best part? Users can easily grant access to friends and family with in-app invitations. The virtual keys can be customized to work during set hours or to expire after a specific date -- in case, say, the babysitter needs to get in.
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