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Ideas/ways to unlock the main door

Hi guys. Happy 2020!

Currently, I use danalock https://danalock.com/ and unlock my main door using zwave or danalock app.

The danalock app has a geolocation function where it attempts to unlock the door if you are within proximity via bluetooth, but its not great - works like maybe 2 out of every 10 times or so.

What this means is every time I reach home, I have to pull out my phone to unlock it via the app or via homey app (z-wave) which creates a lag time as we stand outside the door to unlock it.

I am trying to implement a cleaner solution where the door unlocks as soon as I am at the main door. This can be achieved via a card reader (how do I do that if not zwave?) or something else. I know there is smart presence, but it doesnt work well for me because I stay in an apartment and the geolocation is not great to begin with - so i prefer a physical solution. Could be a smart card reader, thumbprint reader etc. Any sort of implementations you have or ideas you can share are much appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

KW

An idea could be to use a bluetooth beacon (like tile or similar) with the Beacon app https://homey.app/en-au/app/com.koktail.beacon/Beacon/
I do have an old Tile and a cheap Chinese beacon which both works like a charm for presence detection.
For sure there are many other options…

Off topic, I am using the beacons just for presence detection as my door lock is Nuki. (bluetooth, too) Never misses a beat, the door unlocks every single time as the lock detects my phone :grinning:

thanks for this! how does this work? homey detects the bluetooth beacon?

Yes, indeed. Quite reliable and if you live in a flat that’s usually when you get close to your door. My own experiences is that the Tile Pro (2018) is detected when about 6-8m away from Homey.
From here you can make flows… to unlock your door.

BTY, regarding the Tile, peeps here in the forum report that Tile from 2019 does not work with the Beacon app.

Hi Khangwei,

Happy 2020 2U!

See my reaction of April 2019 on a related subject:

Works like a charm!

Guus

Thanks very much @G.P_Bruins. This is brilliant but I need some time to understand what is going on - my knowledge of electric circuit board is very poor. but thank you!!!