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Automated Door Locks Flood CES 2013: How Smart are They?

Following leaders Schlage, Kwikset, Black & Decker and Yale, numerous start-ups introduced automated door locks at CES 2013. Here's the round-up.

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Yale Real Living Locks Yale started out in the ZigBee camp but appeared at CES 2013 in the Z-Wave pavilion as part of a whole-house Z-Wave ecosystem, integrated with Home Automation Inc. controllers, and demonstrated by Worthington Distribution. What we like so much about the locks is their durability. You can set some of the models on fire, subject them to a blizzard, or smash them with a hammer and they'll keep on ticking. They're virtually indestructible. Our favorite option is near field communication (NFC), which enables users to communicate two-way with the hardware using an NFC-enabled smart phone. You can even send "electronic keys" to third parties and manage/monitor access among multiple users. It's not surprising that Yale would be the first to implement this feature in residential locks. Parent company Assa Abloy is a leading access control provider for the hospitality industry and has been employing NFC and other advanced feature sets to that and other commercial markets for years. OVERVIEW: Native Communications: Z-Wave, ZigBee, NFC (some models) Integration friendliness: 5/5 (several partners currently) Retrofit: Replaces standard doors and locks Keyless entry: Z-Wave/ZigBee keyfob, number code, NFC, Internet Aesthetics/finish options: 5/5 Bonus points: +1 for durability, +1 for ZigBee/Z-Wave, +1 for NFC
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