The first visible fruits of ASSA ABLOY’s acquisition of Silicon Valley smart lock maker August Home in 2017 have reached market, in the form of a new line of locks branded as Yale Assure Locks – Connected by August. Yale, a long-time member of the global ASSA ABLOY door opening systems family, has delivered the functionality by upgrading its Assure line of keypad-equipped locks to work with the existing August mobile app and cloud-based software.
“When August became part of the ASSA ABLOY family, it made perfect sense for the two companies to combine one another’s expertise to build new and exciting products for our customers,” said Jason Williams, President of Yale’s Residential Group. “We’ve brought together our respective teams of engineers and designers to create products that seamlessly integrate our most trusted hardware with our smartest software.”
The collaboration between Yale and new sister company August gives homeowners the ability to control, monitor, and share access to these new Yale Assure locks from anywhere. The integration consists of an August network module that snaps into the Assure lock interior housing and connectivity with the included August Connect Wi-Fi Bridge to facilitate remote access.
Choice is a key attribute with these smart locks. Owners can unlock their front door as they approach via Auto Unlock with a connected smartphone in hand, remotely through the August app, or by tapping a PIN code on the touchscreen.
Furthermore, homeowners can control their front door with voice commands, as these new Yale Assure locks support Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, and Google Assistant.
Full Apple HomeKit and Apple Home app integration is also part of the package, as well as connectivity with the popular SimpliSafe security systems and the Airbnb and HomeAway holiday rental infrastructures.
Full Packages or Upgrade Kits
Yale has started selling the Yale Assure Lock SL (YRD256) and Yale Assure Lock Touchscreen (YRD226) locks packaged with the August kit on their website, which retail at $299 and $279, respectively. For owners of existing Yale Assure locks, the company is offering the Connected by August retrofit kit (AYR202) at $129. Expect to see the products available on Amazon and elsewhere beginning in October 2018.
Tom Kolnowski is the Chief Content Officer & Founder of Digitized House Media, LLC, the publisher of Digitized House | Guide to the Connected Home. When he isn’t writing about smart home technology, sustainability, and high-performance architecture, you’ll find him exploring faraway destinations with his family.