Protect America’s security systems, which were already compatible with Z-Wave accessories and its own array of sensors and specialized detectors, are now compatible with August’s Smart Lock Pro.
August announced the partnership, which offers Smart Lock Pro integration. The addition of a smart lock adds a new wrinkle to Protect America’s system, and another layer of security.
According to August, August Smart Lock Pro users will now be able to “use the Protect America SMART app to lock or unlock their door from a smartphone or use their voice with the Protect America skill for Amazon Alexa to automatically lock or unlock the door when their Protect America security system is armed or disarmed.”
August’s Smart Lock Pro works with Wi-Fi, HomeKit, Bluetooth and Z-Wave Plus. The company’s smart locks — both Smart Lock and Smart Lock Pro — work with an existing single cylinder deadbolt, letting users keep their keys. The auto-unlock feature automatically unlocks the door when an August user approaches.
Protect America offers its own equipment, including a touchscreen panel, HD wireless video camera, door and window sensors, a motion detector, and monitored smoke detectors. But the company also hasn’t been shy to embrace home automation and other devices — in addition to the Z-Wave compatibility of Protect America’s systems, the company also boasts Alexa compatibility.
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While this is a big name partnership which will surely be of interest to Protect America users — or August Smart Lock Pro users who were considering expanding their home security — it’s certainly not surprising. In home automation and throughout the Internet of Things, integration between devices is the future. Home security is no different, and expanded compatibility could reap great benefits for users — as long as the devices work seamlessly.