Lock maker Yale has developed an NFC version of its domestic keyless entry system and says it expects to be the first US brand to put residential NFC-operated locks on the market.
The Yale NFC 'keyless entry' locks use the same Mobile Keys platform, developed by parent company Assa Abloy, that was successfully tested earlier this year by the Clarion Hotel in Stockholm. The platform allows a digital version of a door, room, office or car key to be sent securely over-the-air to an NFC phone. The phone can then be used instead of a physical key to access facilities equipped with an NFC-enabled Yale lock.
From a residential perspective, the mobile phone is ubiquitous," says Jason Williams, general manager of Yale Residential. "We use it to make reservations, schedule our day, everything. By incorporating NFC technology into our Yale Real Living locks, we've extended the functionality of the mobile phone even further. What's more, we've created a highly secure product that capitalizes on Assa Abloy technology that is being extremely well-received in other end-user markets."
Yale says it expects to be the first US brand to put residential locks with NFC capability on the market. The new locks are available with either a capacitive touchscreen or a push button key pad. The locks also support both Z-Wave and ZigBee, allowing them to be integrated into a wide range of established electronic home control and security systems.