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Yale and Comcast team up

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Yale Locks & Hardware announced that smart locks from its Assure Lock line can now be connected to Comcast’s Xfinity Home service, its home security and home automation solution, when purchased with a Yale Zigbee Network Module.

“We’re delighted to partner with Xfinity Home and have our Assure Lock line play a critical role securing front doors across the country,” Jason Williams, president, ASSA ABLOY U.S. Residential Group, which includes Yale Residential, said in the announcement. “Xfinity Home customers can now connect an Assure Lock that’s right for them and control access and secure their homes from the Xfinity Home mobile app.”

The Yale Assure Lock line is an extensive series of smart locks that offers homeowners the choice of key-free or keyed locks in both touchscreen and pushbutton versions, all in a choice of three finishes. Four compatible Assure Locks with a Zigbee Network Module (available for purchase separately or with the lock) can be added to the Xfinity Home mobile app. Xfinity Home customers who already own a compatible Assure Lock can purchase a Yale Zigbee Network Module separately and easily add the device onto the Xfinity platform.

When Yale’s smart lock is integrated into an Xfinity Home system, the door locks can be controlled and monitored from anywhere using the Xfinity Home mobile app (iOS or Android). Users can remotely lock and unlock doors, check lock status, and create rules such as receive a notification if the door is unlocked after 8:30 p.m. Additionally, Xfinity Home customers with the X1 voice remote can say, “Lock the front door” to lock their compatible Yale Assure Lock.

“Smart door locks can be a meaningful home security addition, especially when combined with other IoT devices like cameras,” Patti Loyack, vice president, IP services, and home automation, for Comcast Cable, said in a prepared statement. “Xfinity’s platform gives consumers the ability to manage and control all of their smart devices in one unified experience and we’re excited to give our customers even more choice by integrating the Assure Lock line from Yale.”

Yale Assure Lock line with Zigbee is now available to Xfinity Home’s more than 1.2 million subscribers through the Works with Xfinity program.

 

August Home hits 1 million user milestone

Company predicts more market share stemming from in-home deliveries
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08/01/2018

SAN FRANCISCO—Smart lock company August Home, a subsidiary of ASSA ABLOY, in July announced that it hit the 1 million user milestone for its app. Dale Pistilli, August's VP of marketing and sales, talked with Security Systems News about the factors that led to this milestone and the prospects for the smart lock market down the road.

Securing new opportunities in the government security sector

A guest commentary from Jeff Huggins, ASSA ABLOY's director of government programs
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08/01/2018

Government contracts on any level—be they federal, state or municipal—can be complex. And in no other industry is the complexity more prevalent than in security. Whether it is in the systems that protect the networks where data lives, or the physical security components that protect the building and people within, the requirements and expectations for security dealers and integrators taking on government contracts are incredibly high.

ASSA ABLOY set to buy two in the US

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—ASSA ABLOY recently announced agreements to purchase two U.S.-based door and frame manufacturers: Pioneer Industries, based in Carlstadt, N.J., and Concept Frames Inc., based in Newton, N.C.

"The addition of Pioneer allows us to fortify our steel door and frame offering in the US and in particular the Atlantic region," Lucas Boselli, executive vice president of ASSA ABLOY and head of the Americas division, said in a prepared statement.

Pioneer will continue to be led by its current management team. Pioneer was founded in 1930 and currently has about 100 employees. The head office and factory are located in Carlstadt, N.J.

The Pioneer acquisition is conditional upon satisfaction of customary closing conditions and is expected to close during the second quarter of 2018, ASSA ABLOY noted in its announcement.

Concept frames has a focus on custom-made steel doors and frames for commercial and industrial applications. "I am very pleased to welcome Concept Frames into the ASSA ABLOY Group,” Boselli said in a separate announcement. “Concept Frame is a complementary addition to ASSA ABLOY and adds to our leadership in the door and frame category in North America.”

Concept Frames has expertise in customer service, project specifications and quick delivery, primarily covering the southeast region of the US, ASSA ABLOY noted in its announcement. The company was founded in 1982 and has approximately 68 employees; its head office and factory are located in Newton, N.C.

ASSA ABLOY Americas names new president

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04/05/2018

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—ASSA ABLOY announced this week that Lucas Boselli succeeds Thanasis Molokotos as president of the Americas division and executive vice president—head of Americas for ASSA ABLOY, effective April 2.

ASSA ABLOY Academy launches to help security professionals

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03/22/2018

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—ASSA ABLOY recently announced the launch of ASSA ABLOY Academy, a consolidation of its robust training programs that enable security professionals to be more effective at their job of protecting both people and places.

Integrating sustainability as a solution for protecting people, places and the planet

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02/28/2018

In today’s built environment—be it new construction or retrofit—project teams are increasingly designing toward specific goals for their buildings. A major trend within these goals is sustainability.

ASSA ABLOY: An innovation and sustainability leader

Recent tour of company’s HQ and solar farm provides glimpse into its culture and vision
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12/20/2017

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—For a company like ASSA ABLOY, it would be easy to rest on its laurels as a leader in the lock and intrusion business for nearly 25 years. But that is not the case with this international company that was formed in 1994 through the merger of ASSA in Sweden and Abloy in Finland. Since then, the company has grown from a regional entity into an international group with approximately 47,000 employees and annual sales of more than $8 billion.

Yale provides a smart lock solution for Amazon Key

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11/01/2017

BERLIN, Conn.—Yale Locks & Hardware recently teamed up with Amazon on a new service exclusively for Prime members called Amazon Key, which enables in-home delivery and secure home access for guests and service appointments.

ASSA ABLOY acquires August Home in the US

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10/19/2017

STOCKHOLM—ASSA ABLOY has signed an agreement to acquire August Home, a leading smart lock business in the U.S.

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