The comprehensive solution for home security in the digital age

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26 August 2023

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In our digital age, smartphones and apps are woven into how we operate as a society. More than communication tools, their technology helps manage modern life with ease. We spoke to ASSA ABLOY to discover how the Yale Home App ecosystem makes home security simple and effective.

The rise of app-based solutions has revolutionised the way we manage our daily lives. From the simple morning alarm to secure online banking, apps are used to add convenience and efficiency to routines. With the growing popularity of smart home devices, the integration of apps into home security systems has become a natural progression for many individuals.

“People are already very familiar with using apps to add convenience to their daily living, from banking, reminders, messaging and so on,” shares ASSA ABLOY. “To go a step further to control lights, appliances, temperature controls, home security and smart door locks is just a continuation of that convenience factor.”

The compelling list of benefits includes convenience, enhanced security, remote access, integration with smart home systems, keyless entry, and easy installation. “Compared to fixed control panels or handheld remotes, good apps can be more intuitive and provide a better user experience, plus they are maintained, so updates and new features continue to be added,” ASSA ABLOY adds. 

The Yale Home App ecosystem is at the forefront of this growing industry, offering users a seamless and user-friendly way to manage their home security. The app allows homeowners to control Yale smart locks, grant access to others, and monitor visitor activity, all from their mobile devices. The convenience of remotely accessing and managing locks, coupled with the ability to create temporary PIN codes for guests, tradies, or cleaners has made the Yale Home App a popular choice for ease of access and peace of mind.

The Yale Home App allows homeowners to control Yale smart locks, grant access to others, and monitor visitor activity, all from their mobile devices.

“You can access your door from wherever you are, lock or unlock, change PIN codes, monitor activity 24/7 to see when your lock was accessed and by whom, and check if it’s closed,” adds ASSA ABLOY.  

“The door position sensor tells you if your door is securely closed and locked. This avoids inadvertently locking your door whilst the door is open and eases any anxiety of if you closed the door properly behind you. Using Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS, the auto-unlock function can unlock your door as you approach.”

“You can also create and change PIN codes or lock settings wherever you are. PIN codes can be adjusted for temporary access, such as only being active for two hours each week for a cleaner, or utilised in a holiday home.”

Over the years, ASSA ABLOY has adapted its approach to engineer a refined, simple solution. “Within our original approach, we’d bring out a digital lock and develop an app for it. Fast forward a few years and you’ve got different locks with different apps, all with different features, and all needing to maintain software updates,” shares ASSA ABLOY. “The Yale Home App is a game-changer as it’s an ecosystem, one that all Yale Smart products can be added to.”

The door position sensor tells you if your door is securely closed and locked.

The Yale Home App Kit provides a Yale Wi-Fi Connect Bridge which enables voice assistant, integrating into your smart home automation systems Google Assistant, Apple Home Kit, or Amazon Alexa. By integrating the bridge into your home automation system, homeowners can create lighting scenes, for instance, turning on lights when the door unlocks.

"We’ve had customers that are avid travellers, as part of their job, and the ability to still manage access to their home makes things so much easier. Whether it’s the friend that forgot something at their house and wants to grab it or it’s the builder doing a minor renovation while they are abroad. They can either let them in remotely or provide PIN code access for a particular day and time period. AirBnB owners also take advantage of the app features.

“We’ve also had parents with school-age kids who love the peace of mind of knowing their kids have safely arrived home when the app notification pops up saying ‘Lily has opened the front door'.”

Yale has been a trusted name for over 180 years with an unhindered commitment to security, data protection, and encryption. The brand takes ownership of the entire security encryption process, with four to six monthly security updates and prescriptive hardware and software testing. 

“Yale has been New Zealand’s most recognised and preferred hardware brand amongst consumers since we started tracking it eight years ago,” adds ASSA ABLOY. “So, the transition for consumers to support our digital lock offering isn’t a giant leap.”

Aeron is a smart window actuator that easily connects to the Yale Home App.
Aeron allows users to control high-up, out-to-reach windows with a simple click.

As part of the Yale Home App ecosystem, the Aeron product stands out for its innovative and clever technology. Aeron is a smart window actuator that easily connects to the Yale Home App, allowing users to control high-up, out-of-reach windows with a simple click. This feature enhances convenience and security, as homeowners can open or close windows from anywhere, even when they are not at home.

With the Yale Home App, homeowners can set the Aeron Window Actuator to automatically close when rain is detected through optional rain sensors, providing peace of mind and protection against potential water damage. 

The Yale Home App ecosystem offers much more than just digital locks. “With the Yale Home App, the possibilities are endless when it comes to access control,” shares ASSA ABLOY. “You can enjoy the convenience and security of our app across a wide range of products.”

“From padlocks and gate locks to cabinet locks, garage door openers, safes, cameras, and alarms, we have you covered. Here in New Zealand, as the demand for more connected products continues to grow, we are dedicated to providing access to a comprehensive ecosystem of smart solutions.”

The Yale Home App ecosystem remains a beacon of security and convenience, empowering homeowners to live with greater peace of mind and control.

With its user-friendly interface, robust security features, and seamless integration of various smart products, the app offers homeowners unmatched convenience and peace of mind. The trustworthiness of the Yale brand, coupled with its commitment to security, data protection, and product quality, further solidifies its position as a leader in the market.

As the demand for smart home automation systems continues to grow, Yale is dedicated to expanding its ecosystem and providing access to a comprehensive range of smart solutions. “Products compatible with the Yale Home app ecosystem will continue to expand,” shares ASSA ABLOY. “Now, in New Zealand, we’ve gone beyond just offering Yale globally developed smart products to developing products specifically for our homes, environment and building code requirements.”

In a world where technology continues to evolve, the Yale Home App ecosystem remains a beacon of security and convenience, empowering homeowners to live with greater peace of mind and control. With its continuous dedication to innovation and customer satisfaction, Yale is undoubtedly shaping the future of home security in the digital age.

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