Yale users locked out of homes after 'smart' home app crashes

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  1. ronjor

    ronjor Global Moderator

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    Graeme Burton@graemeburton 12 October 2018
     
  2. EASTER

    EASTER Registered Member

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    :argh: Never take digital anything for granted right? At least have one access, door or window with good ole fashion key lock for emergency entry.

    So what happens if they were in and couldn't get out :eek:
     
  3. Bill_Bright

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    I had something similar happen to me - though it was my fault. I suffer from chronic GCF and during one particular flareup, I locked myself out of my house during a power outage (I live in Tornado Alley).

    I went outside to see what caused a loud, house shaking thud (a big branch fell). I left the front door barely ajar but didn't realize the lock was set. When I pulled to open the storm door, it sucked the front door closed and I was locked out. o_O:ouch::mad:

    No problem, I will just go through the garage. Did I mention there was a power outage? So now the garage door opener has no power. And this door can only be opened from the outside via a remote keypad. There is no way from the outside to open it manually - there is not even a handle on the outside of the door.

    My cell phone was conveniently locked inside the house so I couldn't even call my daughter to come let me in. Luckily, the power came back on and I got in.

    Moral of the story - put an UPS on your garage door opener too.

    (GCF = geriatric cranial flatulence)
     
  4. EASTER

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    I also live in a spin cycle zone-(caught in 2 Tornado Warnings on the road this spring)(new record for me) :eek: Speeded off the nearest EXIT just in time to take refuge in a Dollar General where they ushered us into a side room shelter while the town sirens blared! So used to this now. :gack:

    Got home and everything was blown around but thankfully we use no electronic gadgets for entry only mechanical retro hardware. Brick building home. With power outages not exactly a regular occurrence they happen at the times you might least expect, and not always storm related either. (such as rural critters bite thru lines, birds get fried throwing a breaker on a pole).

    But more on topic, I refuse to outfit with digital anything because frankly I seen no vendors I trust with something of that importance that couldn't possibly go wrong, because they do, and they can, and when you least expect. Then what?
     
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    Or forgetting to let go of one before grabbing the other! That's "poof" with a loud bang and an instant crispy critter! :gack:
     
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    Yeah, and P0W there goes the transmission circuit in a flash and the whole town's electricity (the term power is overused) is out until Rural Electric takes their sweet time to replace a line. Lucky for me I keep a fully charged self-contained Power Pack that can run my PC for at least 4 hours before it drains down because usually the tower isn't affected (connected to a water tower wireless broadband), so at least internet continues affected. :rolleyes:
     
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    Fortunately, the transformer for my neighborhood is fused so it only takes a minute for them to restore power (electricity) once they get here. The problem is it can take a few hours for them to arrive. But hey - it is hard to complain after watching the news from Georgia, Florida and Carolinas recently.
     
  8. Reality

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    Yeah so much for smart. :) Anything with that word in it I give a wide birth.
     
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    Indeed :(
     
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    I guess these remote lock setups never heard of battery backup? I thought this would be standard equipment for any alarm system with remote dial-out capability.

    But this is the U.K. where this incident occurred ………………………………….
     
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    In this current environment- for the first time in History- Dumb might just be preferable to Smart.
     
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    Always choose digital lock(s) with a physical master key to avoid digital failure
     
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    Or simply don't choose digital locks, I thought this news was pretty hilarious. :D
     
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    :argh::argh::p:thumb:
     
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