August 30, 2011
| by Rachel Cericola
That doorknob probably seems as exciting as, well… a doorknob. However, Yale Locks & Hardware is adding a high-tech twist to an old standby.
The company just announced the Yale Real Living portfolio of home control and home security solutions. The first of the portfolio’s offerings will be a series of deadbolt locks designed to work with Control4 home control systems.
This pairing will allow a homeowner to access and control Yale locks from anywhere in the home, as well as remotely over the web. Users can also activate personalized events or lock “scenes.”
Each lock features voice-assisted programming in three languages (English, Spanish and French), personalized access-control scenes for up to 250 users, a privacy mode, and access to all user programmable settings via a customized Control4 application. The aforementioned remote access is available via a Control4 4Sight subscription, and includes email and/or texts whenever a lock is activated.
Yale Locks & Hardware is currently selling its ZigBee-enabled locks directly through Control4. The touchscreen version has an MSRP of $400, with the push-button keypad priced at $325.
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.