We’re sure the Google Wallet hype is still hot among Samsung Nexus S 4G users. Purchasing bagels and coffee with your phone is great and all, but as technology evolves NFC chips will become much more handy. In the “home of the future,” things like opening a door with your NFC-enabled phone will be common. And that’s something Yale Locks & Hardware hopes to offer soon.
Yale’s Real Living locks, the Zigbee and Z-Wave, support Assa Abloy’s Mobile Keys software. This allows you to save all your keys in your devices. As you can see in the video, once the handset is authorized to open a door it’s very easy to do so. Simply open the app, select which key to use, and tap on it.
Price and availability are still unknown, but these door locks will be hitting the US market first (probably followed by the rest of the world soon after). We certainly assume these will not be comparably priced to locks found at the hardware stores. It probably won’t be cheap to upgrade all your doors.
NFC-enabled doorlocks are exciting, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. NFC technology can be used for a multitude of daily tasks. Personally, I’m waiting for a WiFi connected home. Just imagine adding WiFi antennas to these locks, as well as all your appliances and electronics. I’ like to have all main room lights turned on when I tap my phone to unlock the door. You could even set the TV to turn on, or maybe the air conditioning. How about having your car turn on when you tap on the NFC receiver that opens your garage door?
The possibilities are endless, so let’s start thinking what we want to do with our NFC chips. What do you guys see coming in the future (aside from payments and locks)? Those who have it, are you enjoying Google Wallet? Can you see yourself becoming dependent on it? Is anyone planning to purchase one of these door locks? We better not be losing our phones…Show Press Release
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.