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Securam is best known for manufacturing high-grade locks for safes; in fact, it has a product line that’s MIL-STD-4615-certified as capable of resisting an EMP attack (needless to say, TechHive hasn’t tested those). The company is now bringing its expertise to the smart home market with its first smart deadbolt, the Securam Touch. The company has a strong design aesthetic that informs all its locks: Squat hockey puck-like discs, a vestige of industrial design from the days when locks were built as dials that you needed to spin. The Securam Touch doesn’t spin; rather, you interact with it via its front-mounted numeric touchscreen or the fingerprint reader built into its top. Nevertheless, its beefy, circular construction (both interior and exterior) has a reassuring appearance that reminds one of a bank-vault entrance. Whether that plays well on the front door to your quaint suburban cottage is a question you’ll need to answer yourself. This review is part of TechHive’s coverage of the best smart locks , where you’ll find reviews of competing products, plus a buyer’s guide to the features you should consider when shopping. The Securam Touch’s burly hardware makes an instant design statement (like it or not) The Securam Touch installs on your door in a similar fashion to any other modern smart lock, with two escutcheons that sandwich your door and a control cable running between them. Note that you will need to use Securam’s deadbolt in your installation, as it includes some a few customizations needed to make the whole system work properly. Printed instructions are not included, so you’ll need to follow the steps in the Securam mobile app to get everything going. The setup isn’t difficult, but it does require extreme attention to detail. Sure enough, I initially managed to install one tiny component upside down: a small “spindle receiver” sleeve that attaches to the tailpiece and which, on further examination, is engraved with a little arrow marking which way is up. With the spindle receiver inverted, the lock worked fine, but it spat out an error every time it opened or closed, saying the deadbolt couldn’t retract. Tech support (quickly) advised me to check the orientation of all the interior components, and once I found the trouble, everything began working well. The lock is surprisingly easy to disassemble and reassemble; the entire thing is held together with just two screws (plus the two required to attach the deadbolt to the side of the door). Also in the box is a magnetic door sensor, an optional product that lets the Securam app track whether the door is opened or closed; unlike with many smart locks, no additional wiring is required for this component. The lock itself is powered by two 3-volt CR2 batteries instead of the usual AAs. This saves a lot of space, though replacement cells aren’t cheap. Hardware is available in matte black or silver. The SecuRam Touch has an atypically round interior estucheon. The Securam Touch is a Bluetooth-only lock, so […]

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