Yale, the lock company that recently purchased August, recently joined forces with Nest on a new smart lock, and we now know more about the product and when it will arrive. The Nest x Yale lock gives you a key-free, touchscreen deadbolt with a lot of options for remote unlocking and granting access to family or guests. For one, you can unlock it by entering a passcode (it holds up to 250), which can be limited to specific times of day for cleaners or others who need limited access.
At the same time, it works with the Nest app, giving you a host of remote and security features. For instance, you can use it with the Nest Secure so that when you unlock the door, it also deactivates the alarm. You can also marry it with the Nest Hello video doorbell to see when people arrive and then let them in remotely.
Yale points out that the lock is protected on the outside by reinforced hardware, and there's no keyhole cylinder to pick. As for as the other type of security, it uses "multiple layers of bank-level encryption tech" to protect it from hacking, the company says.
The Nest x Yale can be opened via the touchscreen even if the power or WiFi fail. It will warn you well before the battery dies, but should that happen, you can enter a code by touching a nine-volt battery to the terminals at the bottom of the lock.
The Next x Yale smart lock will be available for pre-order in February, with shipments expected to begin in March. Unfortunately, we don't know the price yet, but as a frame of reference, August's least costly Smart Lock runs $149 while its Smart Lock Pro sells for $279.
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