U-tec, the maker of one of our top picks for the best keyless entry door locks you can buy, has just unveiled a brand new Ultraloq Bolt Fingerprint Matter ahead of its official launch at CES 2024 next week.
As reported by The Verge, the company introduced the world’s first smart deadbolt lock with a fingerprint scanner that supports Matter-over-Thread earlier this week, making it a powerful choice for an excellent smart door lock that stands the test of time.
For the uninitiated, Matter is a burgeoning smart home standard that merges previously siloed smart home ecosystems like Apple’s HomeKit under one connectivity standard, allowing for greater interoperability. This will mean, in its final form, that you’ll be able to use HomeKit devices with Alexa, Google Home devices with Siri, and much more. Thread is just one of the connectivity standards powering Matter, but it stands out for its extremely low power consumption. By using these two technologies, U-tec has the ability to offer a door lock with good connectivity and long battery life, two extremely important features of any door lock.
Ultraloq Bolt Fingerprint Matter
The new Ultraloq costs $299 and, as mentioned, will work with Apple Home, Alexa, Google Home, and much more. While it’s not the first Matter smart lock to hit the shelves, it is the first with a fingerprint scanner. As you might expect, it will be launched at CES 2024 alongside other new smart home products, as well as a Wi-Fi version of the fingerprint lock and a different version that supports Apple’s Home key feature but does not come with a fingerprint scanner.
As the report notes, all three are « full deadbolt replacement locks » that can be opened using a fingerprint (or home key, depending on the model), your actual key, a digital code, the app, voice command, or auto-unlock.
The flagship title is the Ultraloq Bolt Fingerprint Matter (Thread), which costs $299 and will be launched at the end of March. The Thread version does not support NFC or Wi-Fi. Before that, the Ultraloq Bolt (Wi-Fi) model will be launched in January, with Wi-Fi and Apple Home support, priced at $249. In April, the Ultraloq Bolt NFC (Wi-Fi) model, which also costs $249, will be launched. This offers Wi-Fi support for Apple Home and NFC for the home key, but does not come with Matter support.
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