The new Bosma Aegis is a smart lock that got its start through an Indiegogo effort that raised money. It takes a page from the original August playbook by having a retrofit design that only replaces the internal escutcheon of your deadbolt. It also has no standard thumbturn knob and only works as a deadbolt that can be turned.
As with the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock, the Aegis uses your existing deadbolt assembly and outside cylinder. The only thing you need to change is the interior thumb-turn. The circular lock is 3.5 inches tall, 3.5 inches wide, and 2.6 inches deep. It is black and gray. It’s a little bit thicker than both the cylindrical August (2.8 by 1.8 inches) and the boxy Ultraloq (2.9 by 2.9 by 1.2 inches) types.
To manually lock or unlock the door, turn the whole lock to the right or left, based on how your deadbolt is set up. The front cover is held on by magnets and pops off to show the battery compartment, LED lights, and a restart button. Inside the door is also a button that lets you lock or open it. When you lock the door, the LEDs light up blue. When you open the door, they light up green.
- Connectivity Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
- Integrations Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT
- Installation Interior Escutcheon
- App Mobile
Where to get Bosma Aegis Smart Door Lock?
The lock has a Bluetooth radio but no built-in Wi-Fi. To talk to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, it uses the Wi-Fi module that comes with it. The module, which is 1 inch tall, 2.5 inches wide, and 2.5 inches deep, plugs into an outlet and connects to your network’s 2.4GHz band. It has a button for pairing and two LED lights. One of the lights is red while setting up, and the other is blue once the device is connected to your network.
You can use your voice to handle the Aegis lock and set it up to work with other devices on the Alexa and Google Assistant platforms. It also works with IFTTT, which makes it work with a lot more smart home products and services from other companies. But Apple’s HomeKit software does not work with the lock.