Yale to offer first NFC-enabled door lock

We already know that Near Field Communications (NFC) will eventually let us leave our wallet at home, but how about unlocking your door? Yale Locks & Hardware is debuting Yale Real Living locks with NFC. These locks will be compatible with both Z-Wave and ZigBee, and will be offered with a capacitive touchscreen or pushbutton keypad.

All you have to do is wave your NFC compatible smartphone in front of the Yale Real Living lock, and it will automatically unlock. Of course you have to be authorized by using Assa Abloy’s Mobile Keys software, which allows you to load all your digital keys onto your phone. There is no word on pricing or availability, but checkout the video below.

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Full press release after the break:

Yale Debuts First NFC Door Lock for Homes

Near Field Communication (NFC) employs Mobile Keys platform from parent company Assa Abloy.

LENOIR CITY, TN — Yale Locks & Hardware (http://www.yalelocks.com), an ASSA ABLOY Group company and a world leader in door hardware for residential and commercial applications, will demonstrate a version of its Yale Real Living locks with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. The demonstration will take place at the upcoming CEDIA Expo 2011, September 7-10 in Indianapolis, IN.

The Yale Real Living line is the company’s first locks specifically designed to integrate seamlessly into the digital home.

In adding NFC capability, Yale expects to be the first US brand to offer residential locks with NFC capability. What’s more, this Yale Real Living line will be compatible with the ASSA ABLOY Mobile Keys platform. A scalable secure delivery infrastructure for distribution and management of mobile keys, the ASSA ABLOY Mobile Keys platform allows credentials to be distributed securely through NFC-enabled mobile phones as an alternative to mechanical keys and physical access cards. Consequently, this will be the first line of residential locks that can be unlocked directly using an NFC-enabled mobile phone.

NFC is a short-range wireless communication technology standard that enables the exchange of data between devices up to a 10-centimeter distance. Applications include contactless transactions such as payment and transit ticketing, keys, data transfers including electronic business cards, and access to online digital content.

The mobile keys platform enabled by the NFC technology has already been introduced to the hospitality industry by Yale’s parent company, ASSA ABLOY. In fact, ASSA ABLOY recently completed the first-ever trial of the mobile keys platform at the Clarion Hotel in Stockholm, in which 28 frequent hotel guests were invited to use the technology over an eight-month period. Reaction to the mobile keys platform was overwhelmingly positive.

“From a residential perspective, the mobile phone is ubiquitous,” said 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.”

Available with either a sleek capacitive touchscreen or pushbutton key pad, Yale’s new platform of intelligent locks supports both Z-Wave® and ZigBee, allowing them to integrate seamlessly into a wide range of home control and security systems, including Control4, the Vera Z-Wave home control system by Mi Casa Verde, and Alarm.com’s emPower, among others.

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  • IMJ

    Isn’t that an iPhone in the demo?

  • Brooker

    Now a days the door lock devices plays a very important role in our life.

  • billy

    how many times did he have to press it to run that cluncky software -not encouraging even for a demo

    • pete

      The software wasn’t the problem. He was pushing. Maybe he wasn’t used to a capacitive screen

  • TheRealTachyon

    There’s no way that’s NFC. That was an iPhone in the demo. I’m thinking it’s bluetooth.