Last year Yale Lock’s parent company Assa Abloy purchased August. After the purchase, they operated separately and continued to make there own smart locks like the August Smart Lock Pro and the Yale Assure Z-Wave Lock. Both companies have been making smart locks for some time now and I have always liked the way Yale has done so with the interchangeable communications modules. Well, today Yale and August decided to release two new joint venture models, the Assure Lock SL and the Assure Lock Touchscreen which will retail for $299 and $279 respectively.
Both of these models will include the “Connected by August” communication module which as anyone familiar with August will know incorporates Bluetooth. They will also, however, be compatible with the August Connect Wi-Fi Bridge. Having used August products in the past I am sure the Connected by August communication module will be pretty much bulletproof especially when coupled with a quality Yale Lock.
If you happen to already have a motorized Yale lock that is capable of taking a communication module then you can easily upgrade your lock (or move it from Z-Wave or Zigbee) to integrate with August by purchasing the Connected by August Kit by itself. The Connected by August Kit will retail for $129 and will install like any of the other add-on communications module currently offered by Yale.
All three new products will be available next month. and should be a welcome addition to the smart lock space. In the meantime, it might not be a bad idea to start looking for Yale Deadbolts without a communication module as they can be had for very reasonable prices then upgraded to work with August.
Is anyone using a Yale lock currently? What are your thoughts about having the option to integrate with August? Let me know in the comments below.
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