First Residential Locks to Use Mobile Phones as Keys.
January 8, 2013 - Yale Locks & Hardware (www.yalelocks.com), an ASSA ABLOY Group company and a world leader in door hardware for residential and commercial applications, will demonstrate a version of its Yale Real Living locks with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. The Yale Real Living line is the company's first category of locks specifically designed to integrate seamlessly into the digital home.
The demonstration will take place at the 2013 International CES -- the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow -- January 8-11, in Las Vegas at the Z-Wave booth (#20800).
In adding NFC capability, Yale expects to be the first US brand to offer residential locks with this technology. What's more, this Yale Real Living line will be compatible with the ASSA ABLOY Mobile Keys platform. A scalable secure delivery infrastructure for distribution and management of mobile keys, the ASSA ABLOY Mobile Keys platform allows credentials to be distributed securely through NFC-enabled mobile phones as an alternative to mechanical keys and physical access cards. Consequently, this will be the first line of residential locks that can be unlocked directly using an NFC-enabled mobile phone.
At present, at least 12 cellphone models are being equipped with NFC antennas. Additional models from the major cellphone brands are expected in early 2013.
NFC is a short-range wireless communication technology standard that enables the exchange of data between devices up to a 10-centimeter distance. Applications include contactless transactions such as payment and transit ticketing, keys, data transfers including electronic business cards, and access to online digital content.
The mobile keys platform enabled by the NFC technology has already been introduced to the hospitality industry by Yale's parent company, ASSA ABLOY. In fact, this past summer, ASSA ABLOY completed the first-ever trial of the mobile keys platform at the Clarion Hotel in Stockholm, in which 28 frequent hotel guests were invited to use the technology over an eight-month period. Reaction to the mobile keys platform was overwhelmingly positive.
"From a residential perspective, the mobile phone is ubiquitous," said Jason Williams, General Manager of Yale Residential. "We use it to make reservations, schedule our day, everything. By incorporating NFC technology into our Yale Real Living locks, we've extended the functionality of the mobile phone even further. What's more, we've created a highly secure product that capitalizes on ASSA ABLOY technology that is being extremely well-received in other end-user markets."
Available with either a sleek capacitive touchscreen or pushbutton key pad, Yale's new platform of intelligent locks supports both Z-Wave® and ZigBee®, allowing them to integrate seamlessly into a wide range of home control and security systems, including Control4, the Vera Z-Wave® home control system by Mi Casa Verde, and Alarm.com's emPower™, among others.
Yale Locks & Hardware has provided dependable security since 1840. Yale Locks & Hardware is an ASSA ABLOY Group company with plant operations in Berlin, Connecticut. The company offers a broad continuum of door hardware and locks including an extensive range of residential hardware as well as a wide variety of mid-tier commercial products. This includes an extensive range of cylindrical and mortise locks, exit devices, door closers, electromechanical products and key systems, as well as windstorm certified hardware, decorative levers, and photoluminescent and antimicrobial hardware coatings. For more information visit www.yalerealliving.com.
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