The venerable brand Yale Locks and Hardware announced several updates to their deadbolt line for home automation. Read on for details.
The venerable brand Yale Locks and Hardware announced several updates to their deadbolt line for home automation, using the tagline Keyless Entry Made Easy. First off, they announced the first home deadbolt lock system to use Near Field Communication (NFC) capabilities to lock and unlock the deadbolt. This means that you can use your NFC-equipped mobile phone in place of that key that you tend to leave in your purse or briefcase and is a very convenient feature. They demoed it using a Samsung Galaxy S3 phone in the booth during CES, and it worked flawlessly.
Second, they announced that their system is now compatible 2GIG’s Go!Control panel. Go!Control relies on Alarm.Com as the backend service, and now Go!Control users can use Alarm.Com to remotely lock and unlock the door over the internet using the very good Alarm.Com mobile app. I’ve used that app on Android and iOS to remotely arm and disarm my home alarm system, and it works very well.
Third, they announced that their lock solutions will now work with Honeywell’s new 6280i Tuxedo Touch Center. This integration allows Honeywell’s system to add a very well-executed lock solution to their current control system, rounding out the selection for the discerning home owner looking to implement a home automation solution. My alarm company uses Honeywell controllers, so this new product would likely be compatible with my controller and could be available through my alarm company.
Lastly, Yale announced a new distribution deal with ADI, North America’s leading wholesale distributor of security and low-voltage products. ADI will distribute the complete line of Yale Real Living™ locks, including both the keypad and touchscreen versions, as well as the new lever-lock version.
Check out these product photos of the new products that Yale announced:
Here are excerpts from the press releases that Yale Locks issued:
YALE TO DEMONSTRATE FIRST RESIDENTIAL LOCKS
WITH NEAR FIELD COMMUNICATION CAPABILITY
First Residential Locks to Use Mobile Phones as Keys
NEW HAVEN, CT January 8, 2013 – Yale Locks & Hardware (www.yalelocks.com), an ASSA ABLOY Group company and a world leader in door hardware for residential and commercial applications, will demonstrate a version of its Yale Real Living locks with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. The Yale Real Living line is the company’s first category of locks specifically designed to integrate seamlessly into the digital home.
In adding NFC capability, Yale expects to be the first US brand to offer residential locks with this technology. What’s more, this Yale Real Living line will be compatible with the ASSA ABLOY Mobile Keys platform. A scalable secure delivery infrastructure for distribution and management of mobile keys, the ASSA ABLOY Mobile Keys platform allows credentials to be distributed securely through NFC-enabled mobile phones as an alternative to mechanical keys and physical access cards. Consequently, this will be the first line of residential locks that can be unlocked directly using an NFC-enabled mobile phone.
At present, at least 12 cellphone models are being equipped with NFC antennas. Additional models from the major cellphone brands are expected in early 2013.
NFC is a short-range wireless communication technology standard that enables the exchange of data between devices up to a 10-centimeter distance. Applications include contactless transactions such as payment and transit ticketing, keys, data transfers including electronic business cards, and access to online digital content.
The mobile keys platform enabled by the NFC technology has already been introduced to the hospitality industry by Yale’s parent company, ASSA ABLOY. In fact, this past summer, ASSA ABLOY completed the first-ever trial of the mobile keys platform at the Clarion Hotel in Stockholm, in which 28 frequent hotel guests were invited to use the technology over an eight-month period. Reaction to the mobile keys platform was overwhelmingly positive.
“From a residential perspective, the mobile phone is ubiquitous,” said Jason Williams, General Manager of Yale Residential. “We use it to make reservations, schedule our day, everything. By incorporating NFC technology into our Yale Real Living locks, we’ve extended the functionality of the mobile phone even further. What’s more, we’ve created a highly secure product that capitalizes on ASSA ABLOY technology that is being extremely well-received in other end-user markets.”
Available with either a sleek capacitive touchscreen or pushbutton key pad, Yale’s new platform of intelligent locks supports both Z-Wave® and ZigBee®, allowing them to integrate seamlessly into a wide range of home control and security systems, including Control4, the Vera Z-Wave® home control system by Mi Casa Verde, and Alarm.com’s emPower™, among others.