Terncy announces HomeKit Smart Lock

Cupertino, November 5, 2019
Last month, Terncy (also known as Xiaoyan) based in Shanghai teased their new HomeKit-enabled smart lock through Twitter, with plans to add this app to their ever-growing Zigbee-based product line.

Although the teaser post showed only one photo of the lock, we can now reveal exclusively that the latest lock, called ' Titan ' in the original Tweet, comes in three finishes, although we are not sure what the names for these finishes will be given at the final release.

The lock comes in at least three finishes we know of, with the keypad being black for each one. It's Red, Gold, Metallic Blue. What we can learn from the photos is that apart from being compliant with Apple HomeKit, they have an integrated fingerprint reader, a touchscreen keypad, the ability to open via NFC and, of course, power through Siri and any HomeKit-enabled software.

The other half of the lock inside your home contains two thumb turn keys, one for the main mortice lock and the other for the key bolt, with large handles on both the inner and outer sections of the lock. These types of door handles are more common in Asia, as is this type of lock, compared to the United States, where deadbolts are more widespread, though many consider these types of locks to be much safer. The internal system has more buttons that we still don't know what purposes they do. The top portion of the lock shows what the battery compartment is almost certainly, that we presume will use regular AA batteries.

As with the recently announced homeKit compatible Aqara N100 Smart lock, some lock functionality – mainly NFC unlocking – is likely to be limited to the Terncy app and may not be a functional part of the HomeKit platform, but unlike most HomeKit locks that use Bluetooth, this one might use ZigBee, considering the other items in the HomeKit framework.Although the Titan Smart Lock isn’t listed on Terncy’s website at present, do check out their range of HomeKit compatible devices in the video above, especially if you’re looking an alternative to the Xiaomi Smart Home ecosystem.For more info, visit the company website – terncy.com

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