Yale is a company that has been dealing with locks for the home and office for decades. However with homes getting smarter, Yale has also decided to hop on board the IoT bandwagon by introducing smart locks that can be controlled using apps and through various IoT platforms such as Apple’s HomeKit.
Now if you are in the market for a new smart lock, Yale has announced its latest offering in the form of the Assure Lock SL. As you can see from the photo above, this is a deadbolt system which features a very minimal and sleek interface that relies on a capacitive touchscreen where users can enter their PIN in order to unlock the door.
The lock itself is priced at $169 and there is also the option to add support for platforms like ZigBee, Z-Wave, Samsung SmartThings, Wink, Alarm.com, Vera, and HomeKit. There will also be a network module available for an additional $49 that will store up to 250 PINs, 25 of which the lock can store.
Take note that this particular lock is a key-free lock, which means that it will be harder for thieves to try and get into your home. The only downside is that should the lock malfunction for whatever reason or if the battery dies, the only way to open the lock would be to apply a 9V battery to the terminals below the touchscreen as a backup power option, which makes it ever so slightly inconvenient.