August adopts Z-Wave for its latest smart lock

The lock is only available to August’s business customers, but the company appears committed to the standard.

April 18, 2017

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The lock is only available to August’s business customers, but the company appears committed to the standard.

August’s first Z-Wave-enabled lock, the Smart Lock Pro, will only be sold
to business customers for now. Source: August

In a small victory for Z-Wave, smart home company August Home announced that its new August Smart Lock Pro will use the popular connectivity standard. The lock is only being sold through August Pro, though, meaning it's only available through the company's professional distribution channels.

Offering this smart door lock to commercial partners means the product could start showing up in apartments or houses built with smart products in mind. Since Z-Wave is a more open standard used by many different companies, support for the lock could be built into any number of apps that match other “connected” devices. This gives more control to the companies building a certain block of houses or apartment complexes.

August has joined the Z-Wave Alliance, suggesting it plans on supporting the standard over the long term. The company also announced it's looking into joining the ZigBee Alliance, another major smart home standard.

Fragmentation in smart home standards is one of the biggest hindrances to wide smart home adoption. Users prefer to use products with whatever apps or controllers they want. If more companies eventually support both Z-Wave and ZigBee, they would be able to integrate in some way with most smart homes today. This is why these are the standards most commonly used by China manufacturers.

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