U-tec launches new deadbolt lock with fingerprint sensor

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U-tec has unveiled a new Z-Wave smart lock with an integrated fingerprint sensor. The U-Bolt Pro Z-Wave Ultraloq sells for $229 and is billed as the first deadbolt Z-Wave lock of its kind with fingerprint authentication.

As with other biometric smart locks, the addition of the fingerprint sensor will allow people to unlock their doors with a fingerprint scan rather than a key or PIN, although the U-Bolt Pro offers support for these two more traditional factors. In this regard, fingerprint authentication is just one of six ways owners can unlock the device, with the U-Bolt Pro complementing mechanical keys, PINs and fingerprints with an app to smartphone, an Apple Watch utility and voice support via Alexa and Google Home integrations.

The lock can be integrated with Google Assistant and Alexa thanks to its Z-Wave connectivity. This also makes it compatible with many smart home hubs, including Ring Alarm, SmartThings, and Hubitat. Those without one of these devices can still unlock the U-Bolt with their phone via a Bluetooth connection, although they cannot unlock the device remotely without access to a wireless internet network.

Owners can manage the U-Bolt Pro through the U-Tec app, which allows people to issue guest keys to friends and family members and view an auditable log of access events. The device uses 128-bit AES encryption and dynamic key to protect the personal information of people registered in the system, and offers a full year of battery life on a single charge.

The non-Pro edition of the U-Bolt lock gets rid of the fingerprint sensor and is slightly more affordable at $179. U-tec previously featured a fingerprint sensor in the Ultraloq lever, although this lock did not have a deadbolt and was aimed more at offices than residential settings.

Source: The Ambiance

January 21, 2022 – by Eric Weiss

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