Yale Releases New Cylinderless Deadbolt Lock

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While locks don’t normally grace these pages, Yale has added a new product to its Real Living line that should get home automation fans excited.  The newest addition is a cylinderless deadbolt lock, which removes the ability to use a physical key with its intentional lack of a cylinder.  By removing the cylinder, Yale has removed the most vulnerable part of the lock — the part vulnerable to lock picking and “bumping.”  Yale is currently the only lock maker offering a cylinderless model.

In lieu of a key, the user enters a pass code via a durable, acrylic touchscreen that is easy-to-use and very clean looking.  Unlike other intelligent locks available on the market, the Yale Real Living locks, which support both Z-Wave and ZigBee, were designed with the digital home in mind.  Regardless of the security system employed, users will have access to a high degree of functionality, including the ability to lock and unlock doors from web-enabled devices or create customized entry scenes for family members, neighbors and guests.  Yale locks have a modular design, allowing them to integrate seamlessly into a wide range of security and home control systems, including‘s emPower, 2Gig, Honeywell, Control4, and the Vera Z-Wave home control system by Mi Casa Verde, among others.

The concept has already been well-received by home automation installers.  With no physical lock to worry about, and no keys to be made, deployment of these locks will be much faster and easier than previous locks.  By introducing an electronic deadbolt with no key override and a capacitive touch pad interface, key management is eliminated and installation is simplified.  And we all know that time = money when it comes to time spent on the job site.

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  • Lockout specialists of Hawaii

    I’ve usually preferred locking devices with a key override because usually its only a matter of when electronics will fail. What has been done in this case to ensure faultless operation?
    Option using key override would be to make it high security key cylinder.

  • Dayton Lock Company

    Agree, and the batteries will die if you forget to keep changing them out.

  • chris crl

    It does not make sense to not have an additional means of entry in case of failure. Who dreams this stuff up? Not smart.

    • Nathan

      What the article fails to mention, is that on the bottom of the lock there is a contact point for a 9Volt battery, which, in case of total battery failure, you connect the 9Volt battery, input your code, then get access to the lock to make a permanent battery swap out.

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  • Jason Williams

    I think the comments are certainly what I would expect to see as this type of product is relatively new to the US market. I would like you to keep a few things in mind:

    1. To begin with, the mechanical key override tends to be the most vulnerable part of any lock from a security perspective – picking, bumping, etc.
    2. The lock will give you ample warning before the batteries completely die – about 150 accesses.
    3. If the lock is connected to a home control system, most will generate email/text alerts when the battery life is low.
    4. Many times, this product will be used in a home where there are multiple points of entry. If the battery dies, there will likely be other locks on the home that have a key override.
    5. If the battery dies there is a fail safe built into the lock. In the image above, you can see two terminals at the bottom of the lock. These terminals can accept a 9 Volt battery. Holding a 9 Volt battery in place will give you enough “juice” to allow you to enter the code and gain access to the lock. While most people will not be walking around with a 9 Volt battery in their pocket, it is as simple as running up to the local convenience store. With all these other safeguards, however, it is highly unlikely that a user will even get to this point.

    I hope this helps!

  • Eric

    If you will take notice prior to judging empty handed, and recognize that Yale would not be the first to introduce such an excellent product without at least partially thinking it through… you will notice two small metal nubs on the very bottom of the exterior lock face – they are visible in the picture. Run to the store and grab a 9V battery or keep a spare in your glove box, and touch it to the nubs to temporarily power the lock in case of complete power failure. Power failure, that is – for which the home owner ignored the 30 days of low battery warnings. Ignoring the warnings for a month and finding yourself locked out would effectively be no different than losing or forgetting your keys – at least all you need is a 9V battery instead of a locksmith or battering ram. In a pinch – your garage door opener is a 12V battery, maybe use a hairpin and jury-rig that puppy up and see if it works. The lock is brilliant. I only wish they would actually sell me one…

  • Brooker

    This is very useful regarding if the lock is connected to a home control system, most will generate email/text alerts.

    Thats awesome.