Locking Your Door From Around the World: Hands-On with KeyCloud

Computers aren’t the only devices ripe for technological innovation. SimpliciKey knows that it’s time for houses to enter the digital age, and KeyCloud, unveiled at CES 2013, is helping consumers connect with their homes from anywhere in the world. Older versions of SimpliciKey only worked with a key fob within a radius of about 30 feet. Now, the business traveler can simply pull out her smartphone to make sure her son got home safe from school, and see that all of the doors are locked at the end of the night.

CloudKey provides the software management for the SimpliciKey deadbolt system. You can add up to 16 unique key codes, giving one to your babysitter, another to a mother-in-law and another to a neighbor who’s taking care of your pet while you’re away. With CloudKey, we were able to activate and deactivate each of these key codes with the tap of a button as well as view a log of who has locked and unlocked your doors. Adding and deleting keys was also easy and all done within the mobile app.

The CloudKey system also lets you program rules, allowing you to to set different alerts or certain actions for your connected deadbolts. For example, if any of your doors open between midnight and 6 a.m., you can tell CloudKey to immediately send you a text message. Likewise, you can program CloudKey to always lock all your doors at 10 p.m. and you’ll never lay in bed wondering if you remembered to latch the back door.

There’s an application for Android, iOS and the Web. Although the application works as described, the user interface is still very basic. We used the app on a 7-inch tablet and some of the buttons were too small despite there being plenty of unused screen space. The app, however, worked as promised, and locked and unlocked the door within seconds. Viewing the log and setting up rules was also fairly easy.

The SimpliciKey deadbolt, without the cloud-base control, costs $249 and is available now. But if you want to access SimpliciKey on an app from anywhere in the world, you’ll need to wait for its release sometime in June of this year. The entire CloudKey system will cost somewhere between $349 and $449, which is a one-time fee since there will be no monthly fees for using the CloudKey system.

Dann Berg
Follow Dann Berg on Twitter ,Google+. or at Novice No Longer. Follow LAPTOPMAG on Twitter, Google+ or Facebook.
Dann Berg on
Email* (will not be published)
*Indicates required field
Submit Comments

All Product Types Accessories Cars Digital Camcorders Digital Cameras eReaders GPS Laptops MP3 & Video Players Projectors Smartphones Software Storage Tablets / MIDs VoIP Wi-Fi
All Subcategories
All Subcategories All-Purpose Budget Business Desktop Replacement Gaming Multimedia Netbook Nettop Rugged Student Tablet PCs Ultraportable
Acer Alienware Apple Archos ASUS Averatec BenQ CTL Corp. Dell Digital Storm eMachines Emtec Everex Fujitsu GammaTech Gateway General Dynamics Getac Gigabyte Hercules HP HTC iBuyPower Intel Lenovo MSI Nokia Nvidia OCZ OLPC OQO Origin Panasonic Sager Samsung Sony Sylvania Systemax TabletKiosk Toshiba Verizon Viewsonic Viliv VooDoo Workhorse PC ZT Systems
Minimum Rating
Any Rating 4.5 Stars 4.0 Stars 3.5 Stars 3.0 Stars
Screen Size
10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 4 5 6 7 8 9
1024x576 1024x600 1024x768 1200X800 1280 x 720 1280x1024 1280x768 1280x800 1366x678 1366x768 1440x1050 1440x900 1600x768 1600x900 1680x1050 1680x945 1920x1080 1920x1200 800x400 800x480
Weight Range
10.1 - 12.0 pounds 12.1 - 14.0 pounds 14.1 - 16.0 pounds 2 lbs 2 pounds and under 2+ lbs 2.1 - 4.0 pounds 4.1 - 6.0 pounds 6.1 - 8.0 pounds 8.1 - 10.0 pounds Over 16 pounds Under 2 pounds
more options