Yale has announced the launch of SensCheck, its new integrated smart window and door lock sensors. This new smart addition to the company’s hardware portfolio means that fabricators and installers can offer homeowners the option of being able to check the status of their doors and windows on their smart devices and phones.
The Yale SensCheck Door and Window Sensor range is currently compatible with Yale’s Lockmaster door locks and several of its largest-selling window lock ranges, including the Rapide and Yale Shootbolt systems. Soon to follow from Yale’s range of smart hardware are its AutoEngage auto-firing door locks for composite doors, patio locks, bi-fold door locks and tilt and turn window hardware.
Yale SensCheck allows the homeowner to be notified via the Yale Smart Living Home App if their doors are open or closed, locked or unlocked, and whether their windows are in the night vent position. As well as checking the door or window status, SensCheck can be set to give a chime when the window or door is opened. SensCheck is also compatible with leading voice partners Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant enabling homeowners to ask a variety of commands, such as “Alexa, is my front door locked?” and “Alexa, is my bedroom window open?”.
Paul Atkinson, managing director at Yale, comments: “We have 180 years of trusted innovation behind us, and have enjoyed significant sales of smart door hardware since 2010, so we have learned some valuable ‘smart’ lessons along the way. This provenance means that all over the world we’re trusted to make homes secure, and people feel secure too. The Yale SensCheck range is the latest in a long line of products that do this.
“The range utilises smart technology to provide homeowners with ‘instant connected security status’, enabling them to protect the things that matter most and be sure of their door and window security for instant peace of mind.”
Paul adds: “For fabricators and installers, the SensCheck range provides a fresh competitive advantage. Household penetration of smart home technology is currently at 41.6% and is predicted to reach 85.7% by 2025. With Yale smart hardware incorporated into windows and doors, fabricators and installers can benefit from offering smart windows and doors as an addition to their range.”
The Yale SensCheck sensors have been accredited with the BSI kitemark for the Internet of Things (IoT). This provides reassurance that it has been rigorously tested to ensure that it is safe, secure and functions properly as part of an ecosystem of connected products – a vital guarantee for a type of technology that is still building trust with the public.
Compatible with Yale’s Sync Smart Home Alarm and CCTV systems, SensCheck also has the additional standalone security feature of an integral alarm system via the Yale Sync Hub for extra reassurance. The 94dB internal siren is triggered during a break-in, as well as receiving a notification through the Yale Smart Living Home App.
The Geofencing feature allows homeowners to set notifications via their smartphone or smart watch when they leave their home or pre-set boundary, receiving alerts if they have left their door and/or window open or unlocked.
Paul Atkinson continues: “The route to market is simple for fabricators and installers. Once the installer has fitted the door and windows, the homeowner simply scans the QR code (found on the hardware or an additional frame sticker), that takes them to the Yale Home website where they can purchase the desired Yale Sensors to fit themselves into the door or windows of their choice. The homeowner then downloads the app and follows the user-friendly step-by-step installation guide. If they have Amazon Alexa, Philips Hue, Google Assistant or a Yale Sync Smart Home alarm it can also be expanded using the Yale Sync Alarm accessories for a more comprehensive security set up – forming an eco-system of smart products within the home.
“As with all products in our consumer line, Yale SensCheck is supported by online and phone technical back-up seven days a week, and there are how-to videos and many hints, tips, and FAQs available on our website should the end-user or the installer need assistance.”