Avia smart has been teasing the smart lock that will support HomeKit and multi-point locks for what seems like forever via social media. However, Avia are now showing off the smart lock at CES 2020 with a release scheduled for January 2020. Before the offcial release, I got the chance to carry out Avia Smart lock hands-on review and here are my impressions.
Please note – This Avia Smart lock hands-on review is just that, I typically do my reviews on final devices with final firmware. These reviews have more extended test periods and will take place at my location. It would appear from my hands-on time; the device is was still beta stage, however, as always this will not be held against them
You can read more on our review promise, now that’s out of the way, let us get into the detail.
Avia smart lock design
- Comes in different external finishes
- Manual key override
- Ultion TS007 3 star cylinder
- compatible with most multi-point locking systems
On first impressions, the Avia Smart lock looks like a traditional lock on the outside. It is when you look at the internal device, then it is obvious its smart lock of some kind. It does feature a locking manual key entry if the device happens to fail for any reason.
One of the immediate observations is that the Avia Smart Lock is big! I didn’t get the opportunity to measure the lock, but I put a 330ml bottle against it to give you an idea. While you can get different colours for the external fixtures, the internal is a stainless steel finish.
At the top of the Avia smart lock, you find the battery compartment which also houses the intelligent stuff. Just below the handle, you find a button, and this is used to open and close, along with a status light to indicator status of the lock — finally the internal locking.
It is worth noting that the Avia Smart lock will only fit door thickness must be between 44mm – 70mm. Also, the distance between the cylinder centre and the centre of the door handle must be 92mm.
Smart lock features
- Bluetooth 5 connectivity
- semi Automatic Locking
- HomeKit support
- Avia App
- Battery powered
Avia smart lock uses Bluetooth 5, which is the IoT things standard for connected devices. Which should, in theory, give you a better Bluetooth range? However, when I was testing 3 of the 4 test devices was out of action. While this could have been down to the conference facility at the NEC, this would typically affect Wifi and not Bluetooth. However, regardless of the connectivity issues, the device I was using worked without any problems.
One of the stand out features of the Avia smart lock is the semi-automatic locking. When you are leaving home, you “raise the handle” and the lock will automatically close. That I thought was really neat.
I didn’t get any time using the Avia app as it was not set up, but I did ask to see it, and it looks very much like the Apple Home App. So much so the guy showing me around got it confused and showed me the Home app first until I pointed out his mistake.
The smart lock also comes with a Bluetooth fob, which again was easy and straightforward to use. Avia will be bringing to market other devices like facial recognition and keypads that will work with the Smart lock later in the year.
The cylinder lock used in the Avia Smart lock is a Ultion TS007 3 star cylinder, which has lock snapping protection and is accredited by SBD (Secured by Design).
Finally, the unit is powered by 4 AAA batteries, which according to the Avia rep would last for about 12 months based on typical use.
I had the chance to use it with the HomeKit app, and it allowed me to unlock and lock the door. I didn’t get the chance to test and use any of the automation features of the smart lock due to the time I had with the smart lock.
Because you need an iOS device to use HomeKit, then you need an iPhone to control the Avia smart lock for entry. This means that if you are an Andriod user, then you are out of luck for now, but the Avia rep did say it may come later in 2019.
It is also worth noting to use the Avia Smart lock remotely; you would need an iPad, HomePod or an Apple TV always on in the Home connected. But that is no different from any HomeKit device that does not come with a Hub. That being said, its great that you dont need a hub to use the Avia smart lock with HomeKit.
Avia smart lock hands on review conclusion
While I did like the look and feel of the Avia Smart Lock as it gives you a sense of security. It is slightly on the large size, which could put some off. It did remind me of a lock you would get in a secured facility from a sci-fi film.
I liked the fact you had the option of a key override and was able to use the keyfob instead of the app. This would be useful for those that use Andriod.
While I suspect the devices on the demo were beta products and this may have been causing the drop out to the Apple hub, resulting in “unresponsive” state within the Home App. I found this worrying, but for the benefit of this hands-on article, let’s give them the benefit of the doubt.
One of the other key points to point out is that the Avia smart lock does only supports HomeKit. So if you are a Google or Alexa user then you are out of luck. The Avia rep did say this may change in the future, but we will have to wait and see.
Avia smart lock Pricing and availability
While they gave no official release date or price to me by the media team. The rep that showed me around the product said it will arrive in January 2020 at around £320. Which includes, the Avia lock, fob and 4 AAA batteries to get you started.
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Originally posted on activejr.com