Monkey does not require that you also have a smart lock at your apartment door. It works great with all smart locks, but they are no necessity. Without a smart lock, monkey still offers keyless access through your main entrance door or garden gate (very handy if it rains), remote-controlled access (great when you are in the middle of something), and of course unattended deliveries to your doorstep.
Yes! You can have active users who are allowed to access your apartment building or your estate via app, you can have time-windows programmed and you can open your door with the remote control feature – all at the same time.
The person who has installed monkey automatically becomes the first master user. Master users can add any number of other users with master or restricted rights. Besides, all master users can set time-windows for everyone ringing the bell during that time period. As soon as we reach our first stretch goal, the master user will also be able to grant general access to cooperating delivery service providers.
Based on your address or a location you specify in the monkey app we know where your main entrance door or garden gate is located. Don’t worry: this feature won’t suck all your smartphone´s battery’s energy. monkey uses a feature called geo-fencing to determine whether you are currently approaching your home or not. Only if you are within some virtual “fence” (around your home), the app will track your precise location and transfer it securely to the monkey server. In most cases the location data your smartphone provides will be sufficient to determine exactly when you approach your door or gate because it uses assisted GPS which is way quicker and more precise than GPS alone. Assisted GPS has an accuracy of 1-2 meters while GPS alone is accurate to 3-5 meters - either way, you can be sure that your door won't open automatically while you're still miles away, but exactly at the right time. In case monkey for some reason can´t detect your smartphone´s location, you can also always press the open button in the monkey app.
Time windows are awesome because they can offer access to any person – without any requirement for this person, except that he or she rings your bell. This is really great for parcel delivery services, as they can use monkey from the very beginning and need not to change any of their equipment. The only drawback is that monkey can’t tell you who accessed your building or estate. However, monkey can tell you whether your time window has been used or not.
You can set-up in the monkey app in which cases you want to be notified: for every event, only for selected events, only when you are away from home, only when you are at home, or not at all. Totally up to you and your preferences. If you have notifications activated, your door bell will ring and your smartphone will notify you via a pop-up notification about the ringing.
Monkey really needs WiFi to perform its magic. However, we have found that the WiFi signal is typically sufficient in our field test. As a way-out there would also be the possibility to purchase a WiFi repeater.