First complete home access system includes the August Smart Lock –
HomeKit enabled, Smart Keypad, and Doorbell Cam to change the paradigm
of home entry
New products are the heart of the August Access platform, launching
with 13 Premier Home Service Partners including Sears, Postmates,
Pro.com, and Shyp
SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–August
Home, Inc., today announced August Access, a first-of-its-kind platform
that provides secure, trusted home access via the August Smart Lock for
top service providers, including home repair, delivery, shipping,
cleaning, elderly care, dog walking, among others. To enable this, the
company unveiled a new line of products: the August Smart Lock –
HomeKit enabled, the August Smart Keypad, and the August
August’s goal has always been to build products and services that enable
people to monitor and manage entry into their homes from wherever they
are, making life simpler and more secure. These new products, along with
August Access, create a cohesive system that revolutionizes the way
people interact with their homes, removing the barriers that currently
exist with home delivery services and overall access, while providing
total visibility, control, and increased security to the front door.
“Smart home technology today is rapidly on its way to mainstream;
however, there are still many challenges that customers and service
providers face when it comes to simple, secure home access. With August
Access, our partnerships with top home service providers, and a new line
of products, we’re solving the problem of bringing trusted services into
the home in a secure and convenient way,” said Jason Johnson, co-founder
and CEO of August. “It’s been exactly one year since the launch of the
August Smart Lock, and we’ve seen exponential growth in daily usage with
5 million lock operations in the past month, signaling that our
customers are providing access to their home at a rapidly growing rate
and are ready to take it to the next level. Today we’re unveiling the
next major step in our mission to deliver a complete system to manage,
monitor, and control home access from anywhere.”
August Access is a new platform available today in beta that provides
secure home access via the August products for top service providers.
Through the August app for iOS and Android, customers can easily
discover and sign up for new services, and then control and monitor what
is delivered to their homes. This provides a new level of convenience as
customers no longer need to be home to receive deliveries; trusted
partners can securely enter the home using the August Smart Lock.
Customers are informed every step of the way with real time
notifications, and with an August Doorbell Cam, they can even see who is
at the door and speak to them prior to providing access. Partners at
launch include Sears, Postmates, Pro.com, Handy, Fetch, Shyp,
BloomNation, Envoy, Rinse, HelloAlfred, Wag!, Pillow, and Doorman.
“As the nation’s largest home services provider, our Sears technicians
visit more than 14 million homes each year to install, maintain and
repair homes and appliances. By teaming up with August, we provide our
Members with the ability to securely open their doors to our trusted
technicians – without having to be home or worry about appointment
windows,” said Ryan Ciovacco, President of Consumer Electronics &
Connected Solutions at Sears Holdings. “The August offering is another
example of continuing our Sears Connected Solutions’ commitment to help
simplify our members’ lives.”
In addition to August Access, August is introducing three new hardware
products that will give customers increased visibility, security, and
control over the access to their home — the August Smart Lock – HomeKit
enabled, the August Smart Keypad, and the August Doorbell Cam.
The August Smart Lock – HomeKit enabled integrates with Siri
giving customers voice control to lock, unlock, or check the status of
their door at anytime. It also has a modified industrial design with a
magnetic faceplate, new micro-patterns to improve grip and rotation of
the lock, and a slim, chrome indicator at the top of the device so
people can visually see if it is locked or unlocked.
The August Smart Keypad, which works alongside the August Smart
Lock, enables an easier point of entry that doesn’t require a
smartphone. Unique codes are auto-generated for one-time use or for
regular use by friends, family, or trusted service providers. The
device is slim and discreet so it can be easily placed near the
entryway or hidden away. The Smart Keypad is battery-operated and can
be self-installed within 10 minutes.
The August Doorbell Cam allows customers to see and speak with
visitors at the door from anywhere, completing August’s home access
system. It is equipped with a one-way, 140 degree HD video camera and
two-way audio to ensure privacy. Intelligent motion detection captures
images of visitors even if they don’t ring the bell. Through the
August app, customers can view a livestream of the activity at their
door, receive instant notifications when motion is detected,
communicate via audio, and buzz visitors in via the August Smart Lock.
The Doorbell Cam is Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and Wi-Fi-enabled,
allowing for a secure connection to the August Smart Lock and remote
access from anywhere. It can be self-installed, and replaces the
existing doorbell with the same wiring.
“Our new products, and more importantly the ecosystem with third party
services we’ve created, are designed not just to provide a delightful
experience but to remove the friction that currently exists with home
access and transform the way people interact with their homes,” said
Yves Béhar, designer and co-founder of August. “We created our products
to be beautiful, impactful, very easy to use and install, and to provide
real value and utility to our everyday lives.”
August Access is a free service platform available today for August
Smart Lock customers. The August Smart Lock – HomeKit enabled, Smart
Keypad, and the Doorbell Cam are available for pre-order today on
August.com, BestBuy.com, and Amazon.com. Select products will be also be
available at Apple. The August Smart Lock – HomeKit enabled retails for
$229, the Smart Keypad is $79, and the Doorbell Cam is $199. The
existing August Smart Lock is now available for $199. For more
information on August products and services, please visit www.august.com.
August builds smart home access products and services that are safer
than traditional keys, make life easier, and put you in control of your
front door from anywhere in the world. With August products, you can
create virtual keys to your home and easily grant access to
housecleaners, dog walkers, delivery services, guests, friends, and
family—and control how long that access lasts—all from your smartphone.
August products work together, integrate with other smart devices and
services, and are designed to fit naturally and elegantly into the home.
Founded by technology entrepreneur Jason Johnson and renowned designer
Yves Béhar, August is headquartered in San Francisco, California.