Day 2 of 12 Smart Gifts: Yale Assure Lock SL with Apple HomeKit

Day 2 of 12 Smart Gifts: Yale Assure Lock SL with Apple HomeKit. Image: Yale.
Day 2 of 12 Smart Gifts: Yale Assure Lock SL with Apple HomeKit. Image: Yale.

Do you have a recipient on your holiday shopping list who desires to lock or unlock their front door by using the Apple Siri voice assistant? Then the Yale Assure Lock SL with the iM1 Network Module for HomeKit integration could be just the right gifting ticket to usher them closer to a connected home lifestyle.

The Yale Assure Lock SL is an ultra-slim replacement for the conventional deadbolt on many doors. Image: Yale.
The Yale Assure Lock SL is an ultra-slim replacement for the conventional deadbolt on many doors. Image: Yale.

Built around the Yale Assure key-free smart lock platform and designed as a direct retrofit to the common deadbolt, the Assure Lock SL is fitted with one of the most compact exterior lock housings available and features a weatherproof touchpad for easy and secure unlocking by tapping a PIN code. And when the optional iM1 HomeKit network module is snapped into the interior housing, the lock becomes a fully participating player in the Apple HomeKit smart-home ecosystem. That elevates the Assure Lock SL to prominent residency in the Apple Home app on iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches for one-tap locking and unlocking, and further enables voice control with simple Siri commands.

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Designed to enable full Apple HomeKit compatibility for the Yale Assure line of smart door locks, the Yale iM1 Network Module snaps into the interior lock housing. Image: Yale.
Designed to enable full Apple HomeKit compatibility for the Yale Assure line of smart door locks, the Yale iM1 Network Module snaps into the interior lock housing. Image: Yale.

Also part of the iM1 network module package is the Yale Secure app for Apple iOS, which facilitates setup and configuration of the lock on a HomeKit network, and also delivers one-tap locking and unlocking functions. On top of that, the app is used for setting up and maintaining a list of up to 25 authorized PIN codes, and will also display all HomeKit locations that have been configured by the homeowner—such as the primary home and any secondary or vacation homes—plus access to the Assure locks residing in each of those locations.

The Yale Secure app for Apple iOS devices is used for setting up and controlling the lock, as well as maintaining PIN code. Image: Digitized House.
The Yale Secure app for Apple iOS devices is used for setting up and controlling the lock, as well as maintaining PIN codes. Image: Digitized House.

In addition to working with the Assure Lock SL (YRD256), the iM1 Network Module is also compatible with the Assure Lock Key Free Touchscreen (YRD246). Other Yale locks may be added in the future.

The Yale Assure Lock Key Free Touchscreen Deadbolt (YRD246) also works with the new iM1 Network Module for HomeKit integration. Image: Digitized House.
The Yale Assure Lock Key Free Touchscreen Deadbolt (YRD246) also works with the new iM1 Network Module for HomeKit integration. Image: Digitized House.

Owing to the fact the iM1 network module converts Yale Assure locks into certified HomeKit accessories, the locks will also appear in other HomeKit apps, such as the iDevices Connected app.

More info about this topic:

Yale Real Living website
Product brief: Yale Assure Lock SL a slimmer smart lock
Yale Assure smart lock: Unboxing and installation video
Smart home security your way: Yale Assure Lock with Bluetooth
Yale Assure smart lock: Unboxing and installation video
What should a smart door lock do?
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