locks for the Scandinavian marked has not been the best when compared to other countries of the world. The smart lock for my front door has been a missing item in my goal to reach total control. This post will cover some of my experiences. I will in particular cover the Norwegian Smart Lock IDLock and also how it plays in a Fibaro smart home system.
The first electronic lock i got for my house was the Easyaccess Easy 908. It was not smart in the way that it played well with others but it meant we could throw away the keys. The Lock worked pretty well but was not the safest and it did not really withstand the Norwegian climate. I have been in contact with the manufacturer multiple times and he claims this has not been a common problem with their locks. I do not live close to the ocean or any other common exposure reasons. And the pictures below do not lie though. The other problem with this lock was that it did not communicate with other open systems. It was only an electronic lock with a keypad. Although it has integrations possibilities with wireless alarms this was never opened up to the consumer. They were also talking about Somfy integration or a smarter home controller but this never happened, it was time to move on.
For a brief weekor so i also tried out the Danalock with Bluetooth and Z-wave. This lock is a bit different than the other mentioned in this post. It is similar to the Lockitron, Goji, August, etc. These lock all mounts over the inside key and can then be wirelessly controlled by your smartphone. It the time i tried it the lock was yet to be supported by Fibaro. I did however get to test it briefly against my Vera Lite controller. The lock worked ok but it was very noisy, and somewhat slow. I did not appreciate the need to open the lock with the app every time, it was very time consuming. I appreciate the opportunity to use an outside code panel, fingerprint or wireless key fob instead. I ended up returning this lock because of its lack of control options. Dana lock have got an outside panel on the way, but i have heard talk about it for over one year and have yet to see it come to life. Dana lock have also promised presence bluetooth functionality meaning the lock will automatically open as your phone approaches. I am not sure how well this works though, do you?
The Yale doorman has been a clear choice for many Scandinavians and has become a very popular lock. It does not have Z-wave support yet but does work pretty well with the Verisure system and their Smartbox. But like any proprietary system you are very limited in what you can do. Also in my mind the lock has been falsely advertised in the functionality of the lock and the app.
One of the features they advertised was the ability to see when family members entered the door and receive notifications. This however was not possible. You actually had to manually open the app and check the log. The only notification you would get automatically was if the smart-box lost contact with the lock over a longer period.
One of the reasons i bough the Doorman was that both Yale USA and Yale Norway were promising a z-wave module for the Europeean marked soon. Unfortunately this has yet to be launched. I was able to find several enthusiast who tried to reverse engineer the Yale communication modules . But this was at the time no success i am afraid. The lock itself and the hardware was very good, it was a bit loose to the touch and the design could have been a bit more "sexy" but other than that i liked in very much. So when this lock in the future supports z-wave or any other open protocol it will be a good alternative for many.
In the same time as i was starting to get fed up with the Doorman due to the lack of integration with my Z wave controller i came across a new lock called ID Lock. Several Norwegian media was writing about the lock and how they have developed the electronics for a new smart door. The smart door looks absolutely fantastic in my mind. This is how true design is utilized by actually integrating the lock in to the door itself. Watch the youtube video below.
The door above is a proprietary add-on to the Norwegian Lyse Smartly system. The electronics in the lock though are very much existing in the ID lock, it does not have all of the same advanced features as the door itself but the Standalone lock look absolutely great as well. The build quality is great and when the panel lights up it looks fantastic.
I was skeptical at first to the touch screen display. I may like gadgets and tech but physical buttons on my remote and similar items are a must. The display and touch function worked very well though. It is bright even in direct sunlight and it is very responsive. I am actually able to input my PIN code faster on this then on the physical Yale buttons. And ID lock have been very conscious about the choice of touch screen panel. It is all due to increased weather resistance over time. And i have the proof with my first lock :)
At the time i bought the lock the z wave function was still to be released. But it came with 10 key fobs and a remote control.
The IDLock has a similar system as the Yale Doorman, you can change out the internal radio module to your prefrence. Remote control or Z-wave. ID Lock will launch its own z-wave controller by time. This controller is going to be the communications box for their dedicated App which is yet to be released. The app will however bring along more functionality than using Existing Z wave controllers like Fibaro or Vera.
Adding the lock to Fibaro HC2 was painless. It was detected straight away and worked as it should. The device did not have a template in the Fibaro system, but i have heard that this may be supported directly by Fibaro soon. Giving the lock a template will allow for extended control and logging. At the moment it is only reporting status of the lock and also the option to lock and unlock. It had Event log enabled to logg the lock events in the Fibaro Event panel but for some reason the Lock is not populated in the log.
I have also taken the opportunity to create my own IDLock icon in Homecenter. A strange thing in this process which most likely is a Fibaro bug is that i had to upload the locked icon for the unlocked state and the unlocked icon for the locked state.
It has taken some time and some locks to get were i am now. I am very happy to get a lock with proper z wave functionality, it works very well. Now it is just up to myself and my imagination to program the lock for the full potential, automating it so serve the house. There are a couple of minor issues i have with the workings of the lock though. Thew lock motor is very noisy. I wished they had taken the time to try som noise dampening functions. The ID card reader should have been placed underneath the code panel in my mind. Usually it is kids using the wireless tag reader so it would be beneficial to have it lower down on the lock it self so it was more accessible for smaller people. The last thing is the lock on the inside, although not in use because of the unlock button it rotates the wrong way. Any other lock will be turned to the the opposite way to the ID lock to unlock the door. Other than those three little "minuses" i am very happy with the lock. It looks very good compared to any other competition and it has a lot of possibilities. I will be exited to see how their Smart app will be and i think i have to buy the smart box just to try it out.
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