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Alexa Now Unlocks Yale Smart Locks

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 14, 2018 by itnerd

Yale Locks & Hardware today announced expanded support for Amazon Alexa with the addition of voice unlocking for its Assure Lock line of smart deadbolts when used with a compatible smart home hub or when used with the Amazon Echo Plus and a Yale Assure Lock with Zigbee.

The Alexa lock skill already allows Yale Z-Wave and Zigbee users to lock their door and check current lock status. With the addition of the new unlock skill, Yale Assure Locks can now be unlocked using Alexa voice commands. The unlock feature is turned off by default, and is enabled by verifying your Amazon credentials using the Alexa app. For voice unlock, users are prompted to set a four-digit voice code and then asked by Alexa to say that code to unlock. Alexa will only complete the unlock request once the correct voice code is provided. Unlocking can also be done directly from the Alexa app.

The Yale Assure Lock line includes a wide variety of keypad deadbolts in both keyed and key free versions. The line features Yale’s unique modular system that simplifies integration with a home automation or alarm system. Each Yale Assure Lock deadbolt can be purchased as a standalone PIN-controlled lock or with a Yale Network Module installed for smart home integration. Yale offers Network Modules for Z-Wave, Zigbee or HomeKit systems. The module simply plugs into the interior half of the deadbolt, and can be added or swapped at any time by the homeowner