Today’s interview is with Henning Overgaard of Danalock. Please visit their website, Facebook and Twitter pages.
I founded Poly-Control over ten years ago after I found that I was constantly giving out keys to my home to various people from dog walkers to my children and I was concerned about having so many keys out in public. As time has gone on, we have moved from a keypad model to a bluetooth enabled Danalock which can be opened from your phone, Bluetooth keyfob, virtual key or a physical key. This means that you can set specific times that individuals can access your house (great for cleaners and dog walkers) as well as the ability to create virtual keys which can be one time use.
How did the idea for the Danalock come about?
We created the Bridge App which you can install on your iPhone that allows you to unlock and lock your house door remotely. The Danalock uses wi-fi and bluetooth to unlock the door remotely. Using the app, you can lock and unlock your door and one of the new features is that you can turn off your home alarm as well when you unlock the door. That means that if you are a parent and juggling groceries, a child or more, you can unlock the door without having to worry about shutting off the alarm.
When you unlock the door via the app, you can deactivate your alarm. Even better, if your home alarm is compatible with the app you can also set the alarm to re-lock and arm the alarm directly from your device instead of using the keypad.
Tell me more about the Danalock?
We created it to be used by everyone. It’s simple to install in your home – even if you are renting. You can retrofit your existing hardware by simply removing the back of your current deadbolt and then putting in a small retrofit kit which will allow you to install the Danalock without having to change out hardware or make larger holes in your door. We have a video below, which shows you a bit more about the retrofit required, but it’s simple and straightforward for anyone to do. The video shows a mom changing out the lock and installing the Danalock.
One of the other nice features of the Danalock is the ability for it to integrate with other #connectedhome devices including home automation, the Nest or Harmony thermostats. You will be able to adjust heating and cooling, turn on and off lights as well as set or disarm your alarm system.
Can you share the pricing on the Danalock V2?
Sure, the Danalock V2 comes with two options. The first is $179 which will have the Bluetooth only feature meaning you can unlock and lock your door using your device and the Bridge app. You can also use a keyfob which is perfect for kids to enter and exit the home or perhaps a contractor.
The second Danalock is a dual version which includes Bluetooth and either Z-Wave or Zigbee compatability. This means that you will be able to disable your home alarm system when you unlock your door and re-arm it when leaving your home without ever having to physically touch the keypad. This version will be sold for $199.
We will be selling the Danalock V2 via Polycontrol, Amazon and other retailers by the end of November.
Henning, this product sounds like a great one for parents, those with young children or even older individuals who might have trouble opening the door. I know that it would be great if I didn’t always have to pull out my keys to open the door and instead could do it via my iPhone. I can’t wait to learn more about it!
Thank you so much for talking with us today and sharing a bit about your company. We really appreciated the chance to get to know you!