In October of 2017, Yale’s parent company made the decision to buy August Home with an interest in their unique technology. Now, nearly a year later, they have integrated that technology into their own smart lock, giving Yale a boost among the competition and adding to the flexibility of the product.
Originally, Yale’s locks were like any other, with the ability to unlock remotely via app or directly by code (and/or key). With August’s tech inside, Yale’s locks can now unlock by itself as you approach it as long as your phone is on you, allowing you to gain access even when your hands are full and you don’t want to be digging around for your keys or phone.
The new locks work with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit as well, opening the flexibility of their products all the more. You can ask your favorite digital assistant to lock or unlock the door or inquire if it is currently locked or not.
You will find the new locks rolling out into the market now and they feature a price point between $129 and $299 depending on the model you buy into. You can also buy an upgrade kit if you already own one of their previous Assure lock models. They are currently available on their website as well.