Yale’s Assure Line: Smart-Home-Integration-Friendly Locks
Yale Locks & Hardware is marketing a redesigned smart lock family that simplifies integration with major home automation and alarm platforms.
The Yale Assure Lock electronic deadbolts, which may be used as standalone deadbolts or upgraded for smart-home integration by adding a Z-Wave, ZigBee or HomeKit network module, are said to offer easier integration with a home automation or alarm system by plugging in a Yale Network Module. The module plugs into the interior piece of the deadbolt, above the batteries, and can be added or swapped at any time by the homeowner.
“Our Assure Lock works with every major technology platform from SmartThings to HomeKit to Alarm.com,” said Jason Williams, president, ASSA ABLOY U.S. Residential Group, which includes Yale Residential. “It’s just a matter of plugging in the appropriate module – there’s no need to change deadbolts, whether upgrading from a standalone lock or switching from one smart home platform to another.”
The Yale Assure Lock line has four deadbolts - two key-free models and two with keyways. Z-Wave or ZigBee versions of all four locks are compatible with Amazon Alexa when used in conjunction with a Samsung SmartThings Hub or Wink Hub (Z-Wave only for Wink).
The Assure Lock line includes the Assure Lock with Bluetooth (YRD446), a key-free model that comes with Bluetooth built-in; conventional keys are replaced with digital keys accessed through the Yale Assure app for Android and iOS mobile devices. It includes a built-in touchscreen keypad. Other models in the line are: the Assure Lock SL Key Free Touchscreen Deadbolt (YRD256), a key-free deadbolt offering a minimalist profile; the Yale Assure Lock Touchscreen Deadbolt (YRD226), which offers both a touchscreen keypad and a keyway; and the Yale Assure Lock Push Button Deadbolt (YRD216), which offers both a pushbutton keypad and a keyway. Purchased separately, the modules are priced at $74.99.