Automating Door Locks for My Parent

By: Frank Engelman.  Updated: September 17, 2021.


Problem description

Explorer Frank wanted to turn a manual door lock into an automatic doorlock that could be opened with a person-specific code, and or controlled remotely. His reason was to be able to "check" that doors were indeed locked when they were supposed to be.

Other explorers wanted an automatic door lock so that if they pressed their emergency alert button, the emergency services would be able to get in (via the special "code") without needing to have an external "lockbox" containing a key.

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This is part of a series of "Problems" and DIY Technology "Solutions" to the challenges faced by older adults, by Frank Engelman. 



Suggested Solutions

Simple Smart Door Lock

I wanted a simple smart door lock, that did not require major "installation", and which I could use to have Alexa "check" whether my doors were locked at night when I went to bed.



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