Old Yale smart locks to gain support with add-on module India News, The Indian Express
Assa Abloy (Yale, August)
Yale Assure smart lock owners won’t be left in the past when the Matter protocol launches later this year. The brand’s parent company, Assa Abloy, tells us it plans to launch an add-on module that will provide Matter support for most Yale Assure locks and levers, including models produced as early as 2012.
The Matter protocol solves the biggest problem of smart homes: brand compatibility. Products that support Matter work together, regardless of their manufacturer. For example, you get the option to control certain Google Nest products with your Apple HomePod Mini, as both brands adhere to the Matter standard. (And that’s just the tip of the iceberg; Matter will improve other aspects of the smart home experience, too.)
As you may know, Yale already sells a lot of upgrade modules for its Yale Assure products. Placed above the batteries of the locks, these modules can add support for Z-Wave, HomeKit, and other protocols to your smart lock, saving you the hassle (and expense) of completely replacing your Yale Assure lock.
The Matter module is merely an addition to Yale’s existing module lineup. Here’s what Alexa Meadows, Yale and August’s Senior Public Relations Manager, told me about the Matter module:
We are in the early stages, but our plan is to release a Matter module that will work with select devices in our Yale Assure smart lock line to serve some of our existing customers.
Yale already offers Z-Wave, Zigbee, iM1 (HomeKit) and Wi-Fi modules, which are interchangeable in the back of compatible Yale locks, depending on the desired connectivity platform – the Matter module will work in a similar way. to work.
Using this modular system to add Matter to old smart locks just makes sense. Still, Assa Abloy can be proud of itself for providing its customers with long-term product support. Most smart home brands simply ditch their old products when new technologies emerge.
As far as we know, Yale is the first smart lock brand to confirm its commitment to Matter. It is also the first company to announce an add-on module for the Matter standard.
Yale has not confirmed the price of the Matter module, although it tells us that the module will launch after the Matter standard rolls out later this year. The company is also working on new Yale products that support Matter out-of-the-box. Unfortunately, Assa Abloy currently has no plans for Matter backward compatibility for August branded locks.
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