Lock, unlock and check current lock status by just asking Alexa!
As the world welcomes Alexa’s voice control convenience into their hearts, homes and businesses, smart lock manufacturers like Yale are turning voices into keys. Yale Locks & Hardware has unveiled support for Amazon Alexa with the addition of voice unlocking for its Assure Lock® line of smart deadbolts.
While the Alexa lock skill already allows Yale Z-Wave and Zigbee users to lock their door and check current lock status, the new unlock skill takes it to the next level by enabling Assure smart lock users to unlock their doors, in a hands-free fashion, with just their voice. The unlock feature is turned off by default, and is enabled by verifying your Amazon credentials using the Alexa app. For voice unlock, users are prompted to set a four-digit voice code and then asked by Alexa to say that code to unlock. Alexa will only complete the unlock request once the correct voice code is provided. Unlocking can also be done directly from the Alexa app.
“Yale is committed to providing consumers with the smart home technology they want most, and the message from consumers is loud and clear – they want voice control,” said Jason Williams, President, ASSA ABLOY U.S. Residential Group, which includes Yale Residential. “With the addition of the Alexa unlock feature our locks now allow consumers to secure their homes and enter them using simple voice commands, delivering a new level of convenience without any compromise on security.”
The Yale Assure Lock line includes a wide variety of keypad deadbolts in both keyed and key free versions. The line features Yale’s unique modular system that simplifies integration with a home automation or alarm system. Each Yale Assure Lock deadbolt can be purchased as a standalone PIN-controlled lock or with a Yale Network Module installed for smart home integration. Yale offers Network Modules for Z-Wave, Zigbee or HomeKit™ systems. The module simply plugs into the interior half of the deadbolt, and can be added or swapped at any time by the homeowner.
Yale is among the best-known and most respected names in the lock industry. Yale protects millions of homes and businesses worldwide and is the brand behind locks of every design and function in over 125 countries. Paragon proudly provides a full range Yale products including door locks, digital locks, digital door viewers, padlocks, and more.
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