Why Do You Need a Smart Safe?


When you think of smart home security, there’s a good chance your mind jumps right to smart locks, doorbell cams and other tech that focuses on keeping the people in your home as safe as possible. Our friends and families will always be our most valuable assets, but what about all that other valuable stuff in our homes? You know, stuff like heirloom jewelry, life-changing business documents, passports, birth certificates, wills, credit cards, and cold, hard cash? 

There is an inherent need to protect our valuables since they are, by definition, items of great worth and importance that we want to keep safe from theft, damage, or loss. A safe can offer protection from various threats, such as theft, fire, flood, and natural disasters. They can also provide peace of mind, knowing that your valuables are well-protected and easily accessible when needed and by future generations. 

Traditional safes, however, are limited in the level of security and convenience they can offer, as they require manual maintenance and monitoring. But what if safes offered the innovative capabilities of smart locks, such as remote access and real-time monitoring? Enter the smart safe. Like the smart locks and doorbell cameras that came before it, the smart safe stands to transform home safety in 2024 and beyond. 

What Is a Smart Safe?

A "smart safe" refers to a safe or vault equipped with advanced technology and connectivity features to enhance its functionality and security. It incorporates electronic components and internet connectivity to provide additional convenience and monitoring capabilities compared to traditional safes. 

What makes a safe smart in the first place? Just like smart door locks, smart cams, and smart home tech, such as smart fridges and smart climate control systems, “smart” doesn’t just mean that the tech in question is a better choice for your home (though it often is). 

Like other smart devices, a smart safe can intelligently communicate with and even guide users, in this case by way of biometric data and online connection. The latest version of smart safe also allows real-time monitoring and control directly from a smart device. As we’ll explore below, these features open up a whole lot of previously locked doors.

Smarts Safes vs. Traditional Safes

While traditional safes have been a security workhorse since around the 13th century BC, what you see is pretty much what you get. From the beginning, safes have been sturdy – now typically fireproof metal – boxes secured by locks, which usually take the form of a bolt lock nowadays. Old-school safes disengage the lock bolt when the proper combination is entered on a dial, though electronic safes might utilize a PIN pad. “Electronic,” though, does not mean “smart.” 

As you can imagine, the tech used by the Egyptian Pharaohs is desperately in need of an update. That’s where the smart safe comes in. The smart safe retains all the durability of an analog safe while ditching fiddly, unreliable dials and adding a spectrum of brand-new, smart-powered safety and convenience features. Regular safes usually have just one function: to keep valuables protected. Smart safes add myriad features to that list with innovative layers of security, including tracking and monitoring.

Traditional Safes

Smart Safes

Physical Security

Long-term Durability

Remote Access

3D Biometric Fingerprint Sensor

Hack-proof PIN GenieKeypad

Laser Cut Backup Keys

Duress Finger Alert

Smart Notifications from App

Twin Credential Opening Capability

Key Benefits of Smart Safes

As smart safes range from sleek, home-use devices like the Lockly Smart Safe all the way to commercial-use behemoths, their features can vary a bit. At Lockly, our compact, home-oriented smart safes offer cutting-edge security and ease-of-use features such as:

Biometric Sensors

“Biometric” means something that interfaces with the human body, like unlocking your iPhone with your face or activating Alexa with your voice. Lockly Smart Safe unlocks not by a slow, confusing dial, but with an elegant touch of your fingertip, which it recognizes in about 0.3 seconds. 

More than that, 3D biometric sensing reads more of the physical makeup of your print than a 2D sensor, further enhancing security. Plus, you can store up to 99 fingerprints on just one Lockly smart safe

Increased Security Options

While the 3D biometric fingerprint reader may be the star of the show, it’s not your only option. The Lockly Smart Safe’s PIN Genie touchscreen offers access via code and amps up the security by randomly shuffling PIN number locations on the pad. This way, onlookers can’t memorize the movement of your fingers. With the PIN Genie, you can store up to 37 access codes. 

And just to add a backup to the backup, each Lockly Smart Safe includes a set of high-security, laser-cut backup keys to prevent technical ock-picking and unwanted duplication of keys.   

The Lockly App Connection

Smart home tech is all about the Internet of Things (IoT), which refers to a network of objects that use sensors, software and other tech across an online connection to communicate with users and with each other. 

Our Smart Safe is no exception, featuring robust connectivity with the Lockly App. That means you can fully control your Smart Safe via your smartphone, using the app to remotely lock and unlock the safe. You can also check its current status, receive tamper alerts, and even track its full access history from anywhere. 

Security Innovations

The tech inside smart safes allows them to go above and beyond their analog counterparts in terms of pure safety features, too. The Lockly Smart Safe boasts a duress finger alert system, which automatically sends a duress notification when you unlock the safe with a specifically assigned fingertip. 

For even more additional security, you have the option to use twin-credentialed access, which requires two different fingers or two different codes to open the safe. The Smart Safe also comes with a mounting kit and anti-theft cable to protect the safe from theft or movement.

New-School Safety

Smart safes don’t skimp on the physical materials that make them, well, safe. Lockly’s Smart Safe, for instance, is made of 2.5mm fortified alloy steel with fireproof inlays and a corrosion-resistant coating. What’s more, the Smart Safe has passed the drop test for ultimate closed-door security 

Make a Safe Bet with Lockly

There’s a reason SPY calls Lockly’s Smart Safe “the most innovative we’ve ever seen,” and why it was a Techlicious Top Pick at CES 2023. When stacked side-by-side with a smart safe, old-school safes just can’t cut it.

For personal home security that’s as foolproof as it is future-proof, order the Lockly Smart Safe at Lowe’s and enjoy a $50 off discount from July 11 to July 24.

Dan is a Dallas-based freelance and small business writer with more than a decade of experience. In the tech and business worlds, he’s been fortunate enough to collaborate with Samsung, Verizon, Motley Fool, USA Today, Linksys, Vizio and many more. 


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