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Yale’s new Assure Lock 2 Series smart locks can be controlled via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. The Assure Lock 2 also supports Matter, the upcoming smart-home protocol. Matter aims to provide compatibility with various home automation standards such as Alexa and Google Home. Loading Something is loading.
Lock manufacturer Yale has announced its next generation of smart locks, the Assure Lock 2. In addition to Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, the Assure Lock 2 series is also one of the first products to support Matter, the upcoming internet-connected smart-home protocol that is being launched. acquired by Amazon, Apple, Google, Samsung and many others.
Matter promises to bring interoperability to all competing smart home technologies. That means all Matter-enabled devices support every platform you use, be it Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Apple HomeKit, Samsung SmartThings, and others.
Some existing products may also receive software updates to make them compatible with Matter. For example, Apple recently updated the Apple TV with tvOS 16, adding Matter support to the TV streaming device. The previous version of Assure Lock also supports Matter.
Yale’s second-generation Assure Lock 2 smart lock is smaller and sleeker. In addition to Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, it will also support Matter via an optional module. Matter is the emerging standard for home automation that adds interoperability between competing standards.
The Yale Assure 2 lock can be operated remotely, allowing a homeowner, for example, to give a dog walker or guests access when they are away. Yalea
Assure Lock 2 provides keyless access via a phone, Apple Watch, or the built-in digital keyboard. When connected via Wi-Fi, it also enables remote unlocking and notifications via the Yale Access smartphone app or a voice assistant (Alexa, Google and Siri) – ideal for early arriving guests, for example. The previous generation required a separate standalone device for Wi-Fi, but Assure Lock 2 can be purchased with or without a Wi-Fi module.
The Assure Lock 2 is also smaller and has a more modern design compared to its predecessor, which Yale’s Jason Williams, the president of US Smart Residential at Assa Abloy (Yale’s parent), described as “not very sexy.”
In a demonstration, Yale showed us that installation is as easy as any house lock. Yale says the Assure Lock 2 is a better fit for doors and holes of varying thickness and size. Power is supplied by replaceable AA batteries and the lock is available in three finishes: black, bronze and nickel.
The Yale Assure Lock 2 smart lock comes as a keyboard or touchscreen model and with or without a key. Yale/Insider
At launch, the Assure Lock 2 will be available in two versions: one that supports Bluetooth and Apple HomeKit ($180 for a keyless or keyless touchscreen model, and $160 for a model with a keyed or keyless physical keyboard), and another that supports wifi. Fi ($260 for key-in/keyless touchscreen and $240 for key-in/keyless keyboard) – all models support Bluetooth and HomeKit as standard.
A version that supports the Z-Wave home automation protocol is coming soon ($210 for key-in/keyless touchscreen and $190 for key-in/keyless keyboard). The locks are available at Yale and retailers such as Best Buy, The Home Depot, Lowe’s and Amazon.
While the Assure Lock 2 is one of the first Matter-compatible devices, availability will depend on when Matter is ratified. But users can add it on the go via the Matter Smart Module ($80). Users can also add the Wi-Fi Smart Module ($80) separately. The good news is that both modules are compatible with the previous Assure slot.
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