Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Schlage Bows Z-Wave Wireless For Door Locks: Genius Or Retarded?


Designing residential control systems requires a lot of technical skills, and more than a smattering of wisdom. My first reaction to the news of Z-wave door locks is to cringe.


Schlage Plans Z-Wave Web-Enabled Door Locks

Schlage is adding an automated twist to its well-known door locks: a wireless, Internet-enabled product that can be locked, unlocked and monitored via PC, cell phone, or any other device with a Web browser.


Rule #1 of automation design is "just because you can do something, it doesn't mean that you should!"


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2 comments:

Flatland Pastor said...

"But those guys are 'hackers' not 'crackers'. How could they pose any problem for us?"

The question/comment that led to the Schlage computer technologies consultant quitting the Z-Wave project.

Incidentally the same comment that convinced the dinosaur VPs to sign off on the project.

For a deeper analysis see any number of Dilbert strips involving the pointy-haired boss and/or any of the company execs.

This one's got "It seemed like a really good idea at the time" written all over it. I'm also willing to bet a steak dinner that it started something like this in the boardroom - "We need a new product line associated with computer tech to drive sales and boost our image."

Wrong-o guys! You need to make locks that work! Contrary to popular 'thinking', computers aren't the answer for everything. Some 'old tech' will survive in the 'brave new world'.

Charles Farley said...

Simple.

I build a jammer to keep you from opening your doors.