Apple has partnered with a smart home company to make an exclusive "home key" system for iPhone and Apple Watch users who wish to unlock their doors without a physical key.
Level Home Inc., a home automation technology incorporation based in Redwood City, California, announced it created a Level Lock+ line, which is "available only at Apple", according to a press release the company issued on Friday, Oct. 21.
Apple users who own an iPhone or Apple Watch will be able to lock and unlock their homes when they hold their device close to an installed Level Lock+ door lock.
Level Lock+ is compatible with Apple Wallet, a digital wallet app that stores payment cards, ID cards, coupons, tickets and keys. It’s also designed to work with Apple Home, a smart home control app that offers remote adjustments for speakers, TVs, lighting and security systems, thermostats and more.
When Level Lock+ is connected to both apps, users will get a unique Apple Home key for entering and exiting their home, which can be accessed quickly through Apple Wallet’s automatic or double-click feature.
"Our habits are more digitally intertwined than ever," John Martin, co-founder and CEO of Level Home, said in a statement.
"Consumer behavior has evolved to rely on technological enhancements to make secure access more convenient," he continued. "Level Lock+ could not have come at a more perfect time – this is something iPhone or Apple Watch users can utilize, and we’re seeing that people are ready to integrate smart locks into their daily routines."
Level Home uses Near Field Communication (NFC), short-range wireless technology that initiates a function between a machine and mobile device, in Level Lock+ and its other smart home accessories, according to the company’s press release.
Level Lock+ can only be found at Apple stores in the U.S. and it currently retails for $329.