Yale's Assure smart lock family gets HomeKit support with iM1 Network Module upgrade

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Long-time lock producer Yale has added HomeKit support to its Assure lock family, in the form of the iM1 Network Module that provides support for Siri controls through Apple's Home app.

When used with a compatible Assure Lock, the Yale iM1 Network Module allows homeowners to lock and unlock their home using HomeKit connectivity. In conjunction with the Yale Secure app, users can check the lock hardware's battery status, manage up to 25 unlock codes, see the position of the lock, customize lock settings, name a lock, and add a new lock.

As with most advanced HomeKit compatibility, locking and unlocking automatically with the geofencing feature requires a fourth-generation Apple TV or iPad with iOS 10.3 or later set up as a home hub.

iM1 HomeKit-compatible networking module installed in lock

Power is provided by four AA batteries. Should the unit lose power, it can be powered by touching a 9v battery to an external connector underneath the touch pad.

The $49.99 Yale iM1 Network Module will initially be compatible with two Yale Assure locks - the new Assure Lock SL and the Assure Lock Key Free Touchscreen available from assorted electronics and home improvement stores. The Assure Lock SL and Assure Lock Key Free Touchscreen with the iM1 Network Module installed retails for $229.99 and up and will available from Amazon on Oct. 16 in oil-rubbed bronze for $199.99.