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Yale Debuts First NFC Residential Lock for U.S.

The lock, designed for the U.S. market, can be operated with the tap of a smartphone app.

Yale Locks & Hardware will offer homeowners a new level of convenience and security with the introduction its NFC residential door lock designed. The lock, designed for the U.S. market, can be operated with the tap of a smartphone app.

Yale Real Living NFC Deadbolt
The new Yale Real Living NFC Deadbolt replaces conventional keys with digital keys accessed through the Yale Digital Keys app for NFC-equipped Android mobile devices. NFC, or near-field communications, is a short-range wireless technology that allows devices to share data.

The Yale app allows homeowners to unlock doors, send keys to others, control when others have access, get a message when someone enters, and revoke a digital key at any time. Homeowners can also unlock the deadbolt using its capacitive touchscreen and a four- to eight-digit code, which makes the new deadbolt the only key free digital lock that provides two electronic options for unlocking.

For enhanced security, the lock and app are powered by award-winning Seos technology, a multi-platform ecosystem for issuing, delivering, and revoking digital keys across a broad range of smart devices. Seos was developed by Yale parent company ASSA ABLOY. It is currently used in hotels, universities, hospitals, and all types of office and commercial buildings.

“Our NFC lock and Digital Keys app deliver a new level of security, convenience and versatility to homeowners, and most importantly, keeps it simple – all that’s needed is the lock and a phone to manage access to your home,” said Jason Williams, General Manager, Yale Residential. “And Seos reassures homeowners that their homes are secured by robust, proven technology.”

The Yale Real Living Digital Keys app displays a patent-pending digital key ring that’s swiped to easily scan keys. Set colors and upload photos to match keys and locks with people and lock locations. Share or revoke keys any time, manage when each user can access the lock, and receive notifications when a key is accepted or used. For convenience, the same digital key can be used to access multiple locks on one or more properties, and there’s no limit on the number of digital key users.

For those instances when the phone isn’t handy, the deadbolt can be unlocked by entering an entry code into the keypad. It can hold up to 12 codes. The touchscreen, the same capacitive touchscreen in use for years on millions of Yale digital locks, wakes with a touch, and is weather-tight and virtually indestructible. And as a true key free lock, there’s no cylinder to pick or bump.

Should the lock batteries drain, the lock can be powered by simply touching a nine-volt battery to the terminals at the bottom of the lock.

The new Yale Real Living NFC Deadbolt will be available in February at a suggested retail price of $224.99. The Yale Digital Keys app comes with five free digital keys. Additional digital keys can be purchased for $1.99 each on Google Play.