August Debuts Home Access Service, Siri-Enabled Smart Locks

One year to the day after the tech company August introduced its first Apple-compatible smart lock, it has unveiled three new smart-home products and a beta service to let homeowners remotely open their doors to service providers.

The new service, part of a platform called August Access, is being offered in partnership with a baker's dozen of home services providers. Among them are Sears, Postmates and

August Access is designed to work in conjunction with a trio of new products announced today by the San Francisco-based firm. Those products include a new Apple HomeKit-enabled August Smart Lock, along with a smart keypad and doorbell camera.

Support for Siri Voice Control

"[T]here are still many challenges that customers and service providers face when it comes to simple, secure home access," said August co-founder and CEO Jason Johnson. Today's announcements represent "the next major step in our mission to deliver a complete system to manage, monitor, and control home access from anywhere," he added.

Currently running in beta, August Access gives customers with installed August Smart Locks in-app access to a roster of 13 home service provider partners. Users can then schedule services such as deliveries, housecleaning or pet care and set up their smart locks so that the responding service people can get one-time or regular access to their homes.

Among the other August Access partners so far are BloomNation, Doorman, Envoy, Fetch, Handy, HelloAlfred, Pillow, Rinse, Shyp and Wag!

With the new products announced today, August customers will be able to use smart locks based on Apple's HomeKit iOS platform, which enables voice control integrated with Siri, Apple's personal digital assistant technology. A companion Smart KeyPad will enable a service person to access a home by inputting a unique code that is available for either one-time or repeat use, while a...

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