Apple HomeKit technology is at the heart of a new challenger into the smart lock systems arena. Mighton Avia, controllable via iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch, keypad and fob, is the first Apple HomeKit smart home security system to work with multipoint residential entrance door locking door systems, which are widely installed throughout the UK and mainland Europe.
Mighton Avia revolutionises entrance door security: the multipoint locks are secured by simply raising the handle and unlocked using the app installed on an Apple iPhone or iPad; by using a highly secure key fob from a range of up to 30 metres, or via an electronic keypad. A further, exciting innovation that will be available later in 2019 is face recognition, activated via an optional accessory. Conventional keys therefore become a thing of the past with access for additional users easily extended and controlled. Avia may also be controlled via the app from anywhere in the world, for example to allow easy access for service providers.
The Apple HomeKit platform is highly secure and stable and users of the Avia app can learn at a glance the status of the lock, with a full audit trail recorded for all activity. A traditional key may be used in the TS 007 3 star cylinder as an emergency backup to offer total peace of mind. Any competent person may install Avia in minutes on existing multipoint-equipped doors.
Established throughout Europe, multipoint locks are increasingly used in the US, India and China, offering superior security performance to conventional deadlocks that are easily broken into. The market for smart locks to operate such hardware is therefore significant, says Mighton’s Mike Derham: “Mighton Avia has been thoroughly developed and extensively tested to ensure that we have a highly functional, secure and effective product that is simple to install and which works seamlessly using Apple HomeKit technology. Recent statistics show that there are 1.3 billion active Apple devices worldwide. For everyone with an Apple iPhone or iPad Mighton Avia will provide a highly effective Apple HomeKit-enabled smart lock solution for their home or properties under their control. After extensive development work with Apple, users will have the confidence that Avia will work seamlessly with their devices.”
Mighton unveiled Avia at an Apple product launch event in New York in December, followed by an appearance at the giant Consumer Electronics Show (CES) taking place in Las Vegas in January. With more than 182,000 visitors CES is the World’s leading showcase for the latest in electronics and Avia attracted attention from visitors keen to see any new device launched under the Apple HomeKit banner.
Cambridge, UK-based Mighton Products has been supplying safety and security hardware products for 36 years and in the US for the past two decades. The company has won a number of awards for its Angel Ventlock child safety product that prevents falls from windows. Mighton Avia smart locks and accessories will be available to professional and commercial customers from May 2019 via the Apple website, Amazon and direct via the Avia site at www.aviasmart.com.
Produced for Technology consumer press January 2018. UK trade launch to follow.