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Filter Your Front Door: Buzzeromatic Makes Doorbells Smarter

Apartment-dwellers, rejoice. Seattle-based startup Buzzeromatic is letting you take control of your own front door in a way that’s smart and flexible.

The premise is simple: Using Twilio‘s VoIP API, Buzzeromatic allows subscribers to grant access to visitors, allow delivery folks to leave voice messages,and create passwords for frequent guests, all from a web interface with SMS commands for when users are on the go. And yes, there’s an app for that: The team told us their fully functional iPhone application is in the hopper.

Co-founder Andres Krogh told us that he and a friend bootstrapped their startup. “The only reason we’re able to pull it off is because of the explosion of commodity VoIP APIs like Twilio lately that make it somewhat cost effective.”

Users can customize their building buzzers’ behavior from the web interface at any time. Krogh explained, “You can set up passwords for folks to let themselves in with, or have it call a bunch of numbers until it finds you (similar to Google Voice), or both. You can also let people leave voicemails at the door, if all else fails.”

They feel the password function will be particularly useful for those who have party guests or others, such as family members or a cleaning service, who need to be granted regular access to a user’s apartment.

Access can also be narrowed to a particular time of day; for example, your maid’s password would only work during the day, but your pizza delivery guy’s password could grant him access any time between noon and midnight.

The service will be free for beta users during the first phases of testing; eventually, Buzzeromatic will operate on a subscription model, with packages starting at $9.95 for unlimited door buzzes and two passwords.

So, what do you think, ReadWriteWeb apartment and condo-dwellers? Would you pay ten bucks a month to have that kind of control over your building’s front door? More importantly, what do you think of this team’s idea – will this startup sink or swim? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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