What’s the next “match point” for smart locks?
In the last two years, the concept of video lock emerged quietly.This is for the main video function of the smart lock, the industry specifically given a new term.The original intention of its birth is to integrate the intelligent cat eye into the lock.And now, the video function in the smart lock is more and more rich.The Kaidis K20 Pro reviewed by Zhar recently has a screen on the side of the room.Take the video experience one step further.At present, the video function in the smart lock, mainly has three aspects of value: one is 3D face unlock, added a new means of security;Second, it is used as an intelligent cat eye to facilitate monitoring outside the door;Third, as an intelligent camera, record anomalies outside the door, improve security coefficient.To achieve these functions, the smart lock does not simply add a camera, which requires a lot of hardware upgrades.Facial recognition, for example, requires additional sensors to capture the data, as well as separate chips for processing.As a selling point, the video lock has been a great success.Nowadays, almost all brands have video lock products.Consumers are also getting used to smart locks with cameras.So what’s left to the imagination with a camera?Zhi Na ‘er thought deeply about this problem.The answer is: I’m afraid not.Video locks are sexy, but there are limits to what they can do.With the exception of face recognition, smart cat eyes and smart cameras, it’s hard to have new video gameplay.Of course, these innovations have not been fully explored, such as face recognition has not been widely opened, and the level of technology is uneven, there is still a very large room for improvement.If the video is played properly, where is the next “match point” for the video lock?Or, what’s the next “selling point” driving smart lock sales?Zhina boldly conjecture that three lines may be the next evolution direction of intelligent lock: 1. Integrated door door (anti-theft door) and integrated design of intelligent lock will be an important evolution direction in the future.At present, there are few such products on the market, such as the intelligent door of Shadow Technology, belonging to a small number of high-end customers.But as technology matures and costs fall, smart gates are becoming a more popular choice.Smart doors may become “match point”, because the ceiling of high-end smart locks is approaching, in addition to stacking hardware to improve product strength, it is difficult to have additional premium space.From the lock to the door, can increase the price of customers, so that security rose to a new height.The integration of intelligent lock and door can not only improve product competitiveness, but also win the design.As young consumer groups in the field of home decoration more in favor of minimalist wind, technology wind and fashion wind, intelligent door should be a track full of opportunities.Smart doors are certainly high-end in terms of cost, but they are not, in fact, out of reach.The few smart doors available on e-commerce platforms cost less than 10,000 yuan.And a big anti-theft door factory, has been in the main integration of intelligent lock products.This trend, in fact, refers to the integration of smart locks, smart cat eyes, smart doorbells, and even video intercom into doors.Let the security door bearing more practical functions, at the same time in the design of coordination, unity.Zhina expects that 5,000 yuan or so will be a critical price for smart door products.Such products are not only equipped with huge sales potential, the hotel, apartment industry is in demand.2. Indoor lock The current indoor fingerprint lock is a very niche category, zhi Where think is not without demand, but too expensive.The hardware lock that indoor wooden door matchs needs dozens only.Fingerprint locks for indoor doors are often two or three hundred or more expensive.In fact, the value of indoor fingerprint lock is very well understood, because all a lock, need to open the door with a key.If smart locks solve the problem of entering doors without keys, then indoor doors can be locked with fingerprints instead of keys.Of course, from the use habit that occupies the home daily look, indoor door has lock on rarely, more than half even key is inserted above.But what people need is a lock on the door, you don’t have to, but you have to.As long as it’s a door, there must be a lock, and if it’s a hardware lock now, why not a fingerprint lock?Moreover, most of the indoor doors are wooden doors, which require on-site unlocking, so the design space of smart locks is larger.You can make it split, you can make it round, you can make it square.For the room that may store valuables such as master bedroom and study, zhi Na thinks that a compact intelligent lock designed for indoor door has the market very much.If the home decoration is acceptable, let alone the office scene.Similar to the general manager’s office, financial office, archive room and other scenarios, special indoor smart lock is also valuable.These places are afraid of losing their keys, and fingerprints can certainly solve that problem.This kind of lock, can produce jointly even wooden door manufacturer.Because wooden door industry, also began to make an issue on lock body.Be aimed at indoor door nowadays, the lock that begins popular push-pull type is provided.Is this the industry volume, or product trend?3 Smart lock OS As far as Zhina knows, none of the smart locks on the market at present seem to be equipped with an operating system.It’s safe to say that there will definitely be smart locks with operating systems.Because the smart lock with indoor screen is more and more popular, if the screen is only used to view the situation outside the door, some small use.It is better to directly build the operating system to facilitate the user to set the smart lock.In fact, a smart lock setting parameters is quite a lot.To manage passwords, fingerprints, users, add, delete, etc., it can be done by clicking on the panel depending on voice prompts, but it is a headache for many people, and even forgotten after the operation once.With an operating system, you can set it up in a more user-friendly way, and you can also view the remaining battery, signal strength, video clips, and so on.Visual management is always easier than voice management.As early as 2020, The OneOS real-time operating system released by China Mobile can be adapted to smart locks.In fact, it is not difficult to integrate smart locks into operating systems, mainly because of the cost.Having an operating system means more powerful processors, memory and batteries, which increases not only development costs but also manufacturing costs.However, for intelligent lock enterprises, independent research and development of a real-time operating system, or some difficulty.If a smart lock can be configured with a screen, it can be configured with an OS.And this OS is not necessarily smart lock enterprise research and development.It could be China Mobile, or It could be Hongmeng OS — if Huawei ADAPTS for smart locks.In the Internet of Everything, if you have a screen, you have to have a system.This is why Hongmeng OS is positioned to run across screens, as there are a large number of scenarios that require the support of a dedicated real-time system.In zhi where view, once the intelligent lock matching operating system, its function extension will be greatly expanded.For example, the elevator control system of a building can be connected to the smart lock. When you put on your shoes, press the button on the screen of the smart lock to call the elevator, so you don’t have to wait for the elevator to go out.Say so, the visual intercom of small area can not be integrated directly?So for smart lock manufacturers, the idea to be bold, since we want to do, do an All in One product.The alternative to traditional visual intercom may not be a more sophisticated Pad, but a lock.The above three points are some ideas, or predictions, or imagination of Zhonar for the subsequent evolution of smart lock.To be sure, today’s video concepts are widespread, but there’s still plenty of room for improvement.Many innovative video technologies also need to be transplanted into smart locks.3D face recognition, as mentioned earlier, is one technology that needs to be popularized.Face unlocking is nothing new, but true 3D technology is still rare.In face recognition, pure gray recognition can still be seen in some smart lock brands, and high-end models using structured light technology, is still a minority.There are also some manufacturers using binocular and TOF, in short, the technical path and practical effect are different, it is difficult to say that 3D face recognition is popular.So in addition to the above three points, true 3D face recognition is a fourth line, and could even replace fingerprints.At the bottom of the logic, face recognition is actually easier to use and more secure than fingerprints.What are your thoughts on the next evolution of smart locks?Welcome to put forward your own opinions.(Zhinaer.cn original article, reprint please obtain authorization and reserve the source)