Apartment Buzzer Unlocker

I got tired of walking down to the front door to let my friends into my apartment building and I also didn’t want people calling my phone from the front door. So I took a cue from Jared Tame and decided to use twilio to automatically buzz people in.

One little script later and I’m up and running.

It costs me $1/mo + 1cent per unlock and about an hour of fiddling around with everything. Twilio even started me off with $30 free so I added $30 more to my account once and now I can be up and running for ~4 years (assuming 300 unlocks over 4 years) for a total of $30 + hour of my life.

giggity. This project also made me want to start playing with twilio. Video to come later.

One Response to Apartment Buzzer Unlocker

  1. Awesome hack! We’ve got service, Ringo (http://www.tryringo.com) that’s also using Twilio to take care of people’s buzzer problems. We’ve got an auto-unlock mode similar to yours, but it uses security codes (so not just anyone can get in!), multiple phone forwarding, and SMS notifications as well.

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