Kevo door locks. Do they work?
Yes they do. These locks are easy to install at least for the physical part. They look like a standard bolt lock and work the same with a key. You can even rekey so all your locks are the same. What changes though is the IoT of them. Outside looks like a bolt lock inside though you get this box that takes place of the inside turn handle. This houses the electronics and the batteries. Yes batteries which are supposed to last the year. We will see.
Once you physically install, which for me was very simple, you need to set up the iPhone app to use it. Currently the Kevo is a Bluetooth device which means no internet access. I actually like this for security. Kevo is supposed to come out with a wifi interface this summer though. The Bluetooth setup is where the fun begins. You can easily set up the app to talk to the lock and then you just need your phone near the lock, touch the lock with a finger and the lock opens. You do need the app running on the iPhone at least in the background, but it can stay in your pocket.
Part of the setup is security. This is where the lock becomes problematic. The idea is that once you are in the house the lock won’t respond to a touch so that someone can’t tailgate in. We have had some success making this work but takes many tries to do so. As extra security a feature is provided where in 15 to 30 seconds if your phone isn’t moving or the key fob they supply isn’t moving the app or fob won’t respond and therefore the lock won’t open. Hopefully they will improve the feature so you can set up with less hassle.
You do get electronic keys that you can send to others so they can enter. A couple of keys are free and then you need to pay a couple of bucks.