Xfinity Home, Comcast’s home security and automation service, is adding Yale as a new smart lock partner to the home automation platform.
With the integration, Xfinity Home users will be able to remotely control and monitor their Yale Assure smart locks anywhere from the Xfinity Home mobile app. Possible functionalities include locking, unlocking, checking lock status, creating rules and setting notifications. For instance, they may set up a notification if the door is unlocked after 10pm.
Xfinity Home users may also control the lock with voice commands. They can use the X1 Voice Remote and tell it directly to lock the front door.
“Smart door locks can be a meaningful home security addition, especially when combined with other IoT devices like cameras,” said Patti Loyack, vice president of Comcast, in a statement.
Xfinity Home users, however, will need a Zigbee network module to enable integrated features with the Xfinity Home. Yale doesn’t put Zigbee, Z-Wave or HomeKit compatibility directly into its locks. Instead, it asks consumers to buy extra modules according to their needs. The module costs US$50.
Comcast has been actively expanding smart home services. While it’s competing with tech giants like Apple, Google and Amazon, the service provider may hold an edge in communicating with average consumers. When a homeowner uses TV and Internet service provided by Comcast, it’s very possible that he or she will also ask the company to offer home automation services and products in an offer package.