The field of smart home technology has grown in leaps and bounds over the past several years. The goal of many manufacturers is to create products that allow consumers to have an interconnected home. Innovation is a guarantee in the field of smart home door locks. Although still in the early stages, lock companies are starting to offer smart door locks with facial recognition.

Face Recognition Tech for Door Locks

As far back as 2016, manufacturers started talking about smart locks with face recognition. The buzz has continued to grow as mainstream tech devices with facial recognition like the iPhone X has hit the market. Facial recognition uses advanced analytics to identify a person at the door.

With locks like the FL1000 from ZKTeco, the technology has been designed to allow homeowners to unlock their doors with nothing but a smile. The lock has a dual camera that boasts the ability to recognize faces within 0.2 seconds. Within the application, you can register up to 100 faces and manage their ability to control the locking mechanism within the door. There also other ways to lock the smart door, including a key fob and code.

Another model currently available is the Corum Security CS-100. The company promises that their lock can’t be fooled by images or models and will tell if there’s a live person trying to unlock the door. A code, fob and mechanical key are also available on the locking mechanism. Infrared technology ensures the smart door lock even works in dim and dark conditions.

Future of Smart Door Locks

In the summer of 2017, the International Journal of Engineering Trends and Applications published a research article on the future of facial recognition door locks using Microsoft Face API. Future work in the field included the following:

  • If a blacklisted person attempted to open a smart door lock, the system will send an emergency alert to home or business owner.
  • Eventually the facial recognition technology would be able to differentiate between friends and strangers. Alerts can be sent directly to the account owner to let them know someone they don’t know is at the door.
  • A voice assistant can be added to smart door lock as a way to improve user experience.
  • A cloud-based database can be utilized to store the comings and goings of those who are at the door.
  • Transport layer security can add extra security to smart door locks that include facial recognition features.

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Drawbacks of Smart Door Locks With Face Recognition

A few problems can occur with smart door locks that include facial recognition. For one, accuracy has yet to be 100 percent. Due to this issue, there absolutely needs to be a backup method to enter the home. There’s also the issue of hacker spoofing facial recognition technology for a smart door lock. With the popularity of social media, your picture is likely to appear easily in an online search. With 3D printing technology, a model could even be used to create a replica of your face. If criminals are capable of achieving this, you run into a big issue. Passwords can be changed, your face can’t. If you do decide to use a door lock down the road with face recognition, find out how secure the lock is for protecting your home and what type of backup method is available to get into the home. Interested in home security products? Contact Protect America to find out more about their security products and services. Request a free non-obligation quote online today.