THE CEDIA EXPO in Denver has been wowed by some cunning gear designed by Schlage which makes door locks that can be wirelessly set or opened via the Internet, from a mobile phone or a computer.
Each of the battery-operated locks have keypads that are locked and unlocked with 4-digit access codes. Users who forget to lock a door and want to enter their code remotely can hop onto a Web portal or use software added to their mobile phones.
Schlage says the wireless signals sent to the locks are encrypted. Kit for the lock, which includes the lock and the wireless bridge to communicate with it will set you back $299. There's a $13 monthly fee to use the applications that let the locks be controlled remotely.
The back up device is still a set of metal keys which is how it has been done for more than 4,000 years. µ