Unlocking Wireless Home Security Capabilities with Smart Locks

10/05/2022 | Sean Scannell | 2 Min Read

As homeowners around the world look for ways to streamline home access, security, and connectivity, smart door lock installations are on the rise. Smart door locks not only enhance home security, but also eliminate the hassle of losing or forgetting physical house keys. These locks can be operated and monitored from a smartphone, giving homeowners peace of mind no matter how far away they are from their home. Smart lock manufacturers are partnering with leading Internet of Things (IoT) technology and security providers, including Silicon Labs and Lockin, to further advance security with edge processing and improve overall reliability.

New Wyze Lock Bolt provides intuitive, advanced smart home security

Launched on April 19, Wyze Lock Bolt smart lock showcases the smart lock advancements that IoT technology enables. The new Lock Bolt allows users to unlock doors in less than a second using a fingerprint scanner. The Lock Bolt can be programmed to work with up to 50 authorized fingerprints, but users have the option to use a code to unlock the door as well. With Wyze Lock Bolt’s anti-peep technology, people don’t have to worry whether someone has watched them enter their code; users can add extra numbers before or after their code and the Lock Bolt will still unlock. 

Silicon Labs supplies secure, low-power edge processing capability

Wyze Lock Bolt smart door lock uses Silicon Labs’ EFR32MG21, a 2.4 GHz wireless SoC optimized for Zigbee applications, which features an integrated security subsystem and is designed to increase processing capability, improve RF performance, and lower active current. This increased processing capability is ideal for the Lock Bolt, since its data is processed at the edge rather than sent to the cloud.

Lockin enables secure, high-speed data recognition

Wyze Lock Bolt is secured with Lockin’s advanced security technology, which specializes in cutting-edge smart lock capabilities. Lockin incorporates standout data security performance and biometric technology with self-learning ability, so the Lock Bolt can achieve a fingerprint recognition speed of 0.5 seconds. The Lock Bolt is an industry leader in safety performance thanks to Lockin’s stable and reliable wireless communication, accurate, low-noise motor control technology, and full communication link data encryption technology. 

Advanced security at the door with edge processing

It’s critical that smart door lock devices use advanced security technology to effectively secure homes. Wyze Lock Bolt is not connected to the cloud, and instead processes data on the hardware itself, which eliminates the possibility of data breaches as information is sent to and from the cloud. Hardware encryption is built into the Lock Bolt, meaning hackers would be unable to access or figure out codes or fingerprint data. Silicon Labs’ Zigbee SoC technology helps power this increased security processing capability at the edge.

Mobile technology enhances security, ease of use

As mobile technology is increasingly integrated into our daily lives, it also enhances the security of our smart home devices. Two-factor authentication within the Wyze mobile app ensures that only authorized users can use the smart lock. The Lock Bolt also includes an auto-lock timer, giving users peace of mind. Users can set an auto-lock timer in their Wyze app, and after that time has passed, Wyze Lock Bolt will automatically lock the door. With Bluetooth connection, app users can also access the history of who has locked and unlocked the door, create and store access codes for frequent users and guests, and set access schedules to only allow access to certain users at certain times.

Smart locks: A market on the rise

While North America is currently the world's largest smart door lock market, demand for the technology is on the rise in other regions of the world including Europe and the Asia-Pacific. With the rapid growth of home automation, the wide scale adoption of smart home devices has been driving expansion of the global smart lock market. IoT-enabled sensors connecting mobile phones and other internet devices to smart locks makes remote access simpler, while integration of AI/ML and cloud computing continues to enhance the end-user experience. As solution developers and providers at the chip level continue to provide more advanced, secure innovations, smart locks will in turn become smarter, safer, and provide a seamless security experience for home owners.

Sean Scannell
Sean Scannell
Associate Product Manager | Silicon Labs
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