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ASSA ABLOY

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Smart locks will play a major part in the move to connected living With a smart front door, home owners no longer have to carry keys or worry about spares

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echnology touches so many areas of our domestic lives. Homes are becoming automated, and increasingly filled to the brim with intelligent appliances. When we’re away, we monitor them with smart cameras, connected alarm systems and other sensors. We back up treasured photos, music collections and more with personal cloud devices. Yet until now, almost all of us have chosen to secure our homes — and their supersmart contents — with a technology invented thousands of years ago. Times are changing, however. The old-fashioned mechanical door lock is reaching its sell-by date, and is set to be replaced… by the smart lock. The smartphone has become a remote control for connected living. With a few swipes on a palm-sized screen, we can order a taxi and buy the latest music; check our bank balance or the sports scores; book a hotel, a train journey or even a private jet. The latest generation of smart locks also make it both easy and secure to open and monitor the front door with your smartphone — whether you’re standing outside your home, or relaxing on a beach a thousand miles away. Convenient security and access control is the smart home function that interests consumers above all others: with a smart front door, homeowners no longer have to

carry keys; there’s no need to get spares cut for a cleaner, the kids or a cat-sitter. With a smart lock, you can let guests in remotely via an app, send them a digital key, or provide them with a temporary PIN code to use at the door. No more worrying if your children lose their key: one swipe of your screen and you can let them in from anywhere. Have relatives arrived early and you’re not home yet? No problem. Just send them a PIN code and they don’t need to wait on your driveway. A cleaner and delivery agent could be given a one-time access code to open your door, if you can’t be there to let them in today. And with a PIN-operated lock, you’ll never get locked out again. Smart locks can also notify you whenever anyone opens or locks your door. They can be unlocked via remote control or even fingerprint, as well as a connected phone or straightforward PIN. A recent report* found a large majority of consumers rate a smartphone or PIN at least as secure as a key when it comes to opening their homes. Between a third and half of respondents to the survey saw a smart lock as a significant security upgrade. After all, removing physical keys eliminates the risk of losing one — by accident or through theft. There’s no screen lock on a mechanical key to provide a line of defence, if it goes missing. It’s becoming much easier to get your

door connected. Smart door locks support several established protocols, and can be quickly connected to existing smart home and home automation systems via “plug & play” setup. Major DIY and electronic retailers offer stand-alone smart locks for self-installation. Leading domestic service companies are increasingly moving their expertise into smart door locks: Turkish security provider Pronet offers a smart door lock; German energy provider Innogy (previously known as RWE) now includes the ENTR™ Smart Lock as part of its SmartHome portfolio; and Swedish smart alarm provider Verisure also offers smart door locks. Specialist smart home system installers can connect locks via a Z-Wave module to existing ecosystems such as Samsung SmartThings. The options for homeowners looking to source these innovative security devices keep expanding. Security and convenience are greatly enhanced thanks to this proven technology. Now there’s a growing range of smart locks that can deliver, and help consumers move smartly into connected living. * “The Smart-Home Security Report 2016”; available to download for free from www. assaabloy.co.uk/smartreport2016.

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ASSA ABLOY

What’s trending in the world of smart door locks? A new study identifies consumer demands for 2016 and beyond

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ard data on the market for smart-home security is scarce, but a new report from lock industry leader ASSA ABLOY and IFSECGlobal.com aims to fills the gap. The new co-published report reveals answers to key questions about the growing market for smart locks. What do consumers think a digital door lock should do? How do they want to access their newly “smart” front door? And what do they really think about relying on digital rather than mechanical security for the most important door in their homes? The full report — titled “The Smart-Home Security Report 2016” — is available free to download from www.assaabloy.co.uk/ smartreport2016. It concludes that, increasingly, consumers understand that a smart home starts with a smart front door lock. “In this survey we polled hundreds of would-be adopters of this rapidly maturing technology from all over Europe, the Middle East and Africa,” explains Adam Bannister, Chief Editor of IFSECGlobal.com. The result is a detailed assessment of the attributes consumers are coming to expect from a smart lock. The report covers multiple aspects of this growing market, beginning with a fundamental question: what should a digital door lock do? And how do consumers want to control the new smart lock on their front

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Autumn Interiors

Autumn inspired show home interiors Show homes offer a style that many aspire to achieve in their own homes. Developers like Redrow are renowned for classic and understated interiors that actually reflect how people live in their homes. When you walk a perspective buyer into your show home, a balance is to chimed between making your perspective buyer feel like they could live there straight away, whilst also feeling like they’re making an aspirational step up in life. The rooms need to effortlessly flow from one to another, the style must be collective throughout the entire home and often, these trends are inspired by the high street. Colour trends are key, decor remains simple and stylish, the living space is homely, while the kitchen and bathrooms are luxurious. In this piece on Autumn Interiors, we have focussed on what’s hot on the high street right now and how this should inspire your show home interiors this season

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Autumn Interiors

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Autumn colours can add some spice to your interior and warm your show home environment for the oncoming colder weather. The browns, oranges, whites, yellows and greens give the home a natural glow that can instantly make it feel like home From Top Left: Sky Planter Recycled Black Orchid, A Splash of Colour, £13.95, Metal Flower Wall Mirror, Very, £39.00, Forest Pendant, Very, £19.00, Heart Light, £10, Primark, Cavalos Mirror, Very, £99.00, Robin Door Stop, Sainsburys, £12.00, Multi Bulb Light, £34.99, Homesense, Display Drawers, £10.00, George Home, RV Astley Ely 3 Seater Sofa, £ 1,260.00, Houseology, Wooden HOME Letters, M&Co;.£18.00, Off Beat Rug, Very, £35.00, Sunflower in Milk Churn, £15.00, Sainsburys, Tarran 2 Seater Sofa, Laura Ashley, £1500.00, Brown & Cream Cushion, £6 Primark

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Urban Fires So you’ve decided you’re going to make the most of your garden all year round, but what do you go for? A Chimnea, outdoor fireplace or fire pit? Tony Young from Urban Fires explains all of the options...

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n outdoor fireplace can be used to make spring, autumn and winter feel more like a summer evening, to draw the family out of doors on cooler, yet still quite nice days and to share some real quality time together. Nothing is more fun than being outdoors with a roaring fire and maybe even seeing snowflakes if you’re lucky, whilst cooking outside in mid-winter. It can be reminiscent of that skiing weekend in Switzerland or your trip to the Pyrenean mountains. But have you ever gone back inside because the night was just too chilly to enjoy the moonlight? Outdoor fireplaces are great for warming outside home entertainment areas. Summertime BBQs and pool parties are common outdoor activities when entertaining in the warmer months, but by adding an outdoor fireplace to your patio, deck or entertainment area you can make it possible to spend your evenings more comfortably outside during the spring and autumn evenings – even in winter – by

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adding the warm glow of a real fire. By installing an outside fireplace, you’ll not only enhance your experience outside, you’ll stay warm and toasty and won’t have to run back inside because of the cold. Having gained in popularity over the last few years, there are now many different designs and types of outside fireplace available, from wall-mounted linear fires, to firetables, firepits and even beautiful firebowls. Urban Fires started in the business by importing the Escea EF5000 outside gas fireplace in 2010 and subsequently launched custom-built ‘frameless’ versions to satisfy the minimalist requirement of many designers and home owners. They then introduced locally-made firetables and firepits to the UK & Ireland markets. They have partnered with top designers and landscapers to create a different mood for every garden. These bespoke models can be made to virtually any shape or size and from almost any non-combustible material, such as granite, engineered stone or rendered block

showhome Sep/Oct 2016  

Innovation within housebuilding Bricks & Mortar Bare Essentials Ask the expert Furnishing & Gardening

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