Digital inTouch a US hit

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Yale’s inTouch cylindrical lockset is unlike any other product. When Yale launched the new digital lockset in the U.S. market last August the initial 12-month sales goal was surpassed in the first four months. And now inTouch has been honored with a 2009 GOOD DESIGN Award. Previous winners include Apple’s iPhone and the Audi TT Coupé.

But perhaps the greatest success associated with inTouch is the way it brought together two ASSA ABLOY Group companies to design and develop the new product: Yale from the U.S. and iRevo, South Korea’s leading manufacturer of digital door locks.

“We’d identified a need for a new type of traffic control lock that would provide access through a keypad control,” says Scott Morstatt, product development team leader at Yale. “iRevo had the touch pad design and the technology, and we had the mechanical chassis. We had to unite our strengths to produce an innovative product for the U.S. marketplace.”

 “Together, we proved the teams at iRevo and Yale can could design and develop a winning product. As a result, we have several challenging and exciting joint-development projects to look forward to. It really is a game-changer.”