Yale has joined the Alexa bandwagon with Yale Real Living locks that can be controlled remotely using Alexa. A huge convenience indeed, but raises another set of security concerns, aka hackers.
Operating the Yale Real Living Assure Lock using Alexa voice commands requires a Samsung SmartThings Hub and the SmartThings app; a Wink Hub and the Wink app; or an Amazon Alexa device and a Yale lock with Z-Wave or ZigBee, such as the Yale Assure Lock.
It indeed is a convenience, however to setup the entire arrangement and works smoothly will need the expertise of company people. Moreover, after things are setup, if any problem occurs in the system, again company personnel would be required for troubleshooting the numerous intermediate gadgets integrated into the system.
Also, one cannot discount the possibility of someone taking over the so-called secure network. Any device connected to the Internet is at the risk of being hacked. Apart from the fact that key makers are at the risk of losing their jobs in future, it goes without saying that a new breed of thieves will also emerge.
Vishal Ingole, March 23, 2017