Ring and Yale embed intelligence into Masonite doors

  • April 12, 2021
  • Steve Rogerson

Florida-based door maker Masonite has teamed up with Ring and lock company Yale to integrate power and internet connectivity into residential doors.

The collaborations will explore opportunities for product development to integrate lifestyle and security functionality into doors that provide value and peace of mind for homeowners.

“We believe power and connectivity will create expanded capabilities for homeowners,” said Cory Sorice, Masonite senior vice president. “We’re pleased to build relationships with Ring and Yale to transform what people can expect their doors to do, as we continue to innovate and deliver doors that do more.”

Since its founding in 2013, Ring has been on a mission to make neighbourhoods safer. From the video doorbell to Ring Alarm, the firm has concentrated on smart home security products, as well as an app that provides whole-home and neighbourhood security.

“We’re excited to be a part of this innovative step forward in smart home connectivity,” said Jamie Siminoff, chief inventor at Ring. “The seamless integration of our Ring video doorbell technology and the Yale smart lock into the Masonite door is an example of how we can add technology in smart ways to make customers’ homes work harder for them.”

At 180 years strong, Yale secures millions of homes and businesses worldwide with its mechanical locks, safes and smart locks for front doors, interior doors, cabinets, package deliveries and more. Yale is part of the Assa Abloy group.

“For most people, security and peace of mind start at the front door,” said Jason Williams, president of the smart residential group at Assa Abloy. “We’ve seen this first hand at Yale for the last 180 years. As smart security rapidly evolves, it’s a logical next step for doors to become directly integrated with the technology themselves. With Masonite and Ring, we look forward to driving this innovation and helping bring about a new era of home security.”

The Masonite story began nearly a century ago, when founder William Mason developed a method to turn large quantities of waste wood into useful products. The Masonite Innovation Center in Chicago is said to be the largest private research and development centre in the world focused on doors and door technologies.

Masonite designs, makes, markets and distributes interior and exterior doors for the new construction and repair, renovation and remodelling sectors of the residential and non-residential building construction markets. It serves approximately 7600 customers in 60 countries.