Yale Home Introduces Retrofit Friendly Yale Approach, Yale Keypad Products

The new Yale Approach and Yale Keypad products can be used individually or together as a complete solution to support affordable access control in retrofit situations and smart home installations.

SAN FRANCISCO—Yale Home, a manufacturer of smart home security solutions, has announced the launch of the retrofit Yale Approach Lock with Wi-Fi and the wireless Yale Keypad.

According to the company, its new retrofit solution is easy to install on the back of most deadbolts, and when the Yale Approach is paired with the Yale Keypad the access control product can be used as a do-it-yourself smart lock system for first-time users or renters who typically cannot change their locks.

“We take immense pride in Yale’s legacy of keeping people and what they love most secure for over 180 years,” says Garrett Lovejoy, vice president of Connected Category Management including Yale at Fortune Brands Innovations. “With our latest development of Yale Approach and Yale Keypad, we’re tapping into our decades of experience to offer innovative upgrades for our August customers and expanding the Yale product portfolio to offer smart lock solutions that not only safeguard your home, but empower you with the freedom to come and go on your terms.”

Yale Approach Lock and Yale Keypad Widely Available

Both products are available for purchase in the U.S., at ShopYaleHome.com and August.com, with additional retail availability to follow. Together, the company asserts, its latest products Yale Approach can be used to form a complete smart security solution for those who are interested in a quality and affordable renter-friendly smart lock. Yale Approach with the Yale Keypad offers users multiple access options, which eliminate the need to carry or exchange keys or the need for a smartphone to unlock the front door, creating the ultimate convenience.

● Yale Approach Lock with Wi-Fi is a discreet, interior-only smart lock that lets users come and go freely thanks to features like Auto-Lock and Auto-Unlock and the ability to control the lock from anywhere with the Yale Access app. This retrofit product requires only a screwdriver and 10 minutes on average to install, and is renter-friendly as it works on the back of most standard deadbolts and does not require a new set of keys.

● Yale Keypad is a wireless accessory that is the ultimate companion for key-free convenience when paired with Yale Approach or the more than 750,000 compatible August smart locks that are currently in the market. With the Keypad’s One-Touch locking, users can securely lock the door and unlock using a personalized code. Later this year, Yale will introduce Yale Keypad Touch, a fingerprint-enabled version for users who prefer an even simpler touch form of entry.

The company explains that when connected to Wi-Fi, courtesy of the included Yale Connect Wi-Fi Bridge, Yale Approach and Yale Keypad are easy to control from anywhere with the Yale Access app. Through the app users can utilize features such as keyless entry, as well as the ability to monitor the lock at any time on the app’s activity feed, and the app can grant unique access codes to guests to eliminate the need to swap keys.

Furthermore, the company continues, Yale Approach is compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Philips Hue and Samsung SmartThings to allow users to manage your lock as part of your preferred smart home platform.  Yale Home also notes that Yale Approach will later be available to upgrade to Matter, a new smart home connectivity protocol through a simple software update, adding another connectivity option for smart home enthusiasts.

Available in a choice of black suede and silver finishes, Yale Approach is not just slim at 1.6 inches off the door, it has one of the smallest profiles of any smart lock on the market the company says. Taking design concepts from the Yale Assure Lock 2 collection, Yale Approach prioritized a “less is more” aesthetic, unlike some smart home gadgets that can be cold and bulky claims Yale Home. Yale Keypad employs a sleek and streamlined look to complement any entryway. The touchscreen design is backlit so it is easy to see in the dark, and is treated with an anti-fingerprint and abrasion-resistant coating to minimize wear over time. Yale Keypad is wireless and battery-operated with an IPX5 weather-resistant rating, allowing users to place it anywhere within Bluetooth range of the lock without worrying about the weather.

Both products can be purchased as a bundle for $179.99 or individually—Yale Approach for $129.99 and the Yale Keypad for $69.99. Additionally, a Yale Keypad bundle with the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock is available for $229.99.

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