Yale Introduces HomeKit Support for iOS-savvy Smartlocks

Yale Locks & Hardware is introducing HomeKit support for its Assure Lock family. This support depends on the new Yale iM1 Network Module and will be available for purchase from October 16 in the U.S. and Canada, and appears to be available now on Amazon.

Siri, let me in

“We strive to constantly develop products that enhance our user’s everyday lives and we are extremely excited to continue this with the launch of our iM1 Network Module and to offer iPhone users the ability to integrate Yale locks into their connected home,” said Jason Williams, President, ASSA ABLOY U.S. Residential Group, which includes Yale Residential.

The principle is that Assure Locks that are compatible with Yale’s iM1 Network Module will support HomeKit and Siri, meaning you’ll be able to open the locks using your voice assistant, iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch.

How it works

The solution also depends on a new Yale Secure app.

The app also provides battery level status checking, the management of up to 25 PIN codes that can be shared with others in the same way as we share keys today, lock status management and more.

The idea is that you can ask Siri to check your door is locked, or even ask it to lock your door remotely. You can also create scenes, such as a night-time scene that means your system will automatically lock your door.

Remote locking and unlocking requires users have an Apple TV 4, or iPad with iOS 10.3 or later set up as a home hub.

The Yale iM1 Network Module ($49.99) will initially be compatible with the Assure Lock SL and Assure Lock Key Free Touchscreen. SRP for an Assure Lock with the iM1 Network Module is $219.99.

Jonny Evans

Watching Apple since 1999. I don't say what they should do. I say what they might do. They sometimes do.

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