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 locking door systems, which are increasingly used in the US for residential doors due to their superior security performance.
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 as an emergency backup to offer total peace of mind.
With the majority of external doors fitted to US homes protected only by deadbolt locking systems that are easily broken into, multipoint locking systems are increasingly used in the production of new doorsets, having proved their effectiveness throughout Europe where they are now installed on most new residential entrance doors.
Mighton Avia is designed specifically for use on these advanced locking systems. With market growth being driven by the improvement of aging infrastructure and a growing trend towards higher security the North American residential doors sector, currently valued at $90 billion, is forecast to surpass $140 billion by 2024. Avia may be installed on existing multipoint-equipped doors within minutes by any competent person.
“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,” explained Mighton Chairmen Mike Derham. “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’s Managing Director Mark Fortune added:
“We’re used to being innovative and bringing new products and partnerships to the industry, so we’re confident we have the skills needed to showcase our newest offering in its best light. We have a secure and highly effective product in Avia and one that sets new parameters in the smart lock market.”
UK-based Mighton Products has been supplying safety and security hardware products to the US for 20 years through its partner Roto Frank of America, of Chester, CT. 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 through Roto Frank; and via the Apple website, Amazon and direct via the Avia site at www.aviasmart.com.
Mighton will take advantage of the Consumer Technology Association’s (CTA) annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which takes place in Las Vegas in January 2019, to launch Avia to the world, with multipoint locking systems used extensively throughout Europe, India and China. With more than 182,000 visitors CES is the World’s leading showcase for the latest in electronics with Mighton Products to be found in Halls A-D, booth 40566.
Created for distribution at Apple press event held to introduce new Apple Homekit product partners (US, December 2018). UK trade press launch to follow.