Unlock the potential of the digital age

Estimates vary, but the latest forecasts predict there will be anywhere between 20 and 30 billion connected devices worldwide by 2020. We are already accustomed to the idea of our smartphone being connected throughout our daily lives. We can track flights, hail taxis and book a hotel from a smartphone, as well as talk to the car and increasingly control the most important functions of our homes from heating to lighting and even the fridge

However, for most of us, there has been one significant piece missing from this smart-living jigsaw, at least until now – the front door.

In the hustle and bustle of modern existence, we crave convenience and the door lock is no exception. We expect the new digital generation of door security to make our lives easier and provide greater peace of mind.

So, welcome to a life without keys. There’s no need to leave keys under the mat, spend time fumbling in your pocket or bag when you’ve got your hands full, or worrying about missing keys and the expense of replacing them.

Using a smart door lock, you can let in children remotely or open the door to child minders, pet sitters or family guests at specific times, granting access for a week, an hour or even a few minutes, and delete guest access just as quickly. You can also track who enters and exits your home, so you’ll always know who’s coming and going, providing extra peace of mind.

The good news is that this wish list of features is readily available with Yale’s range of connected smart door locks, including the Keyless Connected and the Keyfree Connected locks. In addition, a brand new, state-of-the-art smart door lock Conexis L1TM is launching in the UK. The new Conexis L1TM gives full remote access, with the option to issue mobile keys to friends and family. Taking convenience one step further, its new twist-and-go function enables users to unlock the front door just by twisting their phone 90 degrees.

For the design conscious, this architectural hardware comes in a range of styles and colours. It can be fitted as a standalone product or integrated into an existing Yale smart security system, connecting seamlessly to the Smart Home Alarm range and Smart CCTV systems. Alternatively, these smart door locks have the compatibility to integrate with leading home automation systems such as Samsung SmartThings and O2 Home.

Its new twist-and-go function enables users to unlock the front door just by twisting their phone 90 degrees

For maximum flexibility and adaptability, Yale’s range of smart door locks is available via professional installers or from DIY retailers including B&Q, Homebase and Amazon.

Of course, while convenience is desirable, when it comes to your front door, security is essential. Yale is part of the ASSA ABLOY Group, the global leader in door-opening solutions, and provides reassurance and peace of mind for all its customers. As long-established market leaders, all Yale products have been rigorously tried and tested to meet official Secured by Design standards, approved by police, so homeowners can expect premium security as standard.

In this digital age, it makes no sense for the gateway between the connected world outside and our smart lifestyle inside the home to be the only mechanical element in the loop, with technology unchanged since the last millennium.

It is time to update and upgrade, says Dave Herbert, business development director at Yale UK. “It is time to stop seeing our front door as merely some sort of inert object, coming between us and our connected lifestyles. With a smart lock installation, it is transformed into an intelligent component of our home security and cloud-based ecosystem of devices,” he says. “It’s time to unlock the potential of the digital age.”

For more information about Yale’s smart lock range visit www.yale.co.uk/smart-living