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Masonite teams with Ring and Yale on smart door initiative

Masonite teams with Ring and Yale on smart door initiative

The company will enable users to control multiple devices from one app; Interpret data shows that 39% of smart home consumers would prefer a single app for smart devices.

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Masonite, a brand long known for building products, recently announced plans to build a smart front door. The company will achieve this by offering a door that has power inside to connect smart devices such as doorbells, cameras, lighting, and smart locks. With its patent-pending technology, Masonite intends to embed Ring video doorbells and Yale smart locks directly in the front door.

This is a unique solution, as many of today’s smart locks and cameras rely on battery power, or require homeowners to get creative with low-voltage wiring. In addition, Masonite will offer Wi-Fi and a sensor in the door which will notify a homeowner if the door is opened or closed. Integrated lighting in the door is a future feature that Masonite plans to offer.

Masonite said it will include a standard power interface, simplifying the task of supporting multiple vendors in the door. In addition, the company will offer a control app – enabling a user to monitor and control multiple devices that are part of the door. For homeowners who prioritize safety features, Masonite also intends to bring a smart door hinge to market that will sense flames and automatically close it to help slow the spread during a fire emergency.

“Smart doors are the latest in smart home devices to join blinds, ovens, washing machines, toilets, and locks, to name a few. The challenge of the smart home ecosystem, however, continues to be the fragmented approach in which the industry is moving forward. With each vendor providing its own app, a smart home buyer could have dozens or more apps to perform a few simple functions,” explained Stuart Sikes, Senior Vice President at Interpret.

As Interpret’s Smart Home Matrix™ research indicates, the primary reason that smart home product owners desire interoperability is to reduce the number of apps needed on a daily basis. The smart home company that solves this problem will certainly live up to the “smart” name.

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