Securam is finest recognized for manufacturing high-grade locks for safes; in reality, it has a product line that’s MIL-STD-4615-certified as able to resisting an EMP assault (for sure, TechHive hasn’t examined these). The corporate is now bringing its experience to the sensible house market with its first sensible deadbolt, the Securam Contact.

The corporate has a robust design aesthetic that informs all its locks: Squat hockey puck-like discs, a vestige of commercial design from the times when locks had been constructed as dials that you simply wanted to spin. The Securam Contact doesn’t spin; slightly, you work together with it through its front-mounted numeric touchscreen or the fingerprint reader constructed into its high. Nonetheless, its beefy, round development (each inside and exterior) has a reassuring look that reminds one in all a bank-vault entrance. Whether or not that performs nicely on the entrance door to your quaint suburban cottage is a query you’ll must reply your self.

This evaluation is a part of TechHive’s protection of one of the best sensible locks, the place you’ll discover critiques of competing merchandise, plus a purchaser’s information to the options you must take into account when buying.

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The Securam Contact’s burly {hardware} makes an on the spot design assertion (prefer it or not)

The Securam Contact installs in your door similarly to every other trendy sensible lock, with two escutcheons that sandwich your door and a management cable working between them. Observe that you will want to make use of Securam’s deadbolt in your set up, because it contains some just a few customizations wanted to make the entire system work correctly. Printed directions usually are not included, so that you’ll must comply with the steps within the Securam cellular app to get all the things going.

The setup isn’t tough, however it does require excessive consideration to element. Positive sufficient, I initially managed to put in one tiny element the other way up: a small “spindle receiver” sleeve that attaches to the tailpiece and which, on additional examination, is engraved with slightly arrow marking which means is up. With the spindle receiver inverted, the lock labored wonderful, however it spat out an error each time it opened or closed, saying the deadbolt couldn’t retract. Tech assist (shortly) suggested me to test the orientation of all the inside elements, and as soon as I discovered the difficulty, all the things started working nicely.

The lock is surprisingly simple to disassemble and reassemble; the whole factor is held along with simply two screws (plus the 2 required to connect the deadbolt to the aspect of the door). Additionally within the field is a magnetic door sensor, an non-compulsory product that lets the Securam app observe whether or not the door is opened or closed; not like with many sensible locks, no extra wiring is required for this element. The lock itself is powered by two 3-volt CR2 batteries as a substitute of the same old AAs. This protects a number of house, although alternative cells aren’t low-cost. {Hardware} is out there in matte black or silver.

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The SecuRam Contact has an atypically spherical inside estucheon.

The Securam Contact is a Bluetooth-only lock, so that you’ll must be up shut and private to work together with it through the app. A sensible hub that bridges the lock to your Wi-Fi community just isn’t but out there, however will price $90 when it’s. Securam’s app isn’t one of the best, with an absence of maturity that feels prefer it’s nonetheless in beta. It isn’t arduous to navigate, however it by no means feels intuitive, and sure choices—such because the default requirement that you simply enter your numeric PIN each time you open the lock within the app, even should you’re logged in through username and password—are a bit baffling. (Excellent news: The app will finally ask you if you wish to disable that characteristic.) Oddly, nevertheless, you continue to should enter a PIN to see the log recordsdata.

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The Securam cellular app’s homepage feels extra like an advert than a person interface.

Including extra cellular app customers is simple (the system sends them an e-mail, prompting them to obtain the app), however if you wish to add offline customers—akin to a toddler who doesn’t have a smartphone—you’ll want to do this through the keypad. Inexplicably, you possibly can’t simply add a PIN code to the system this fashion, you possibly can solely add a PIN together with a brand new fingerprint. If you wish to create a short lived PIN for a visiting relative, you’ll must enroll a spare finger first. The excellent news is that the fingerprint scanner works exceptionally nicely, and in case your new person is on-hand, it’s simple to enroll them this fashion in addition to to make use of a fingertip to function the lock.

The Securam Contact features a configurable auto-lock characteristic, features a distinguished button on the {hardware} that can be utilized to manually lock out all customer codes, and gives a strong logging system (although the timestamps had been mistaken on my app, failing to account for Daylight Saving Time). Every of those options in any other case labored nicely in my testing.