Originally announced at the annual Consumer Electronics Show held in January of this year, the Yale Assure line of lever based HomeKit connected locks are now available for pre-order. Yale’s connected lock is rather unique in the world of HomeKit as it does feature, as you would have a guessed, a lever, which means that it is a complete solution for those looking for an all in one package and not just an add-on connected to an existing deadbolt. Also of note, is that the company is branding as “Connected by August”, which as we all know as an earlier supporter of HomeKit, even though both Yale and August are both brands that are owned and operated by Assa Abloy. Even though Yale is an established hardware brand, prominently featuring August technology is a good play to help build credibility with consumers.
The Assure Lever Lock is currently available for order in two different finishes, Satin Nickel and Oil-Rubbed Bronze, and a Polished Brass version will also be released, giving the lock the ability to fit in with most homes. Currently the lock is only available for order in a bundle configuration for $279 at Amazon, however, the lock will also be sold with other connectivity options, such as Z-Wave via a removable “cartridge”, that slots directly into the lock itself. The modular design allows the company to build one specific hardware design without having to tailor a lock to a certain platform, and it also enables the ability for the lock itself to just be sold as a plain old “dumb” lock if desired. The available kit also includes an August connectivity bridge, allowing access to the lock’s status remotely.
Pre-orders are available through Amazon, however an exact release date has not yet been determined. Currently Amazon’s listings indicate that the locks will be shipped within 1-3 months, but this timeframe could certainly be altered at any time.
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