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Mila’s stand at the FIT Show was devoted entirely to the launch of the new Mighton Avia secure smart lock to the trade.

At the show, Mila announced that it has signed an exclusive distribution deal with Mighton to supply the Apple HomeKit compatible smart door locking system to fabricators and installers across the UK.

Mila’s managing director Richard Gyde said: “2019 is very much the year of smart technology at FIT Show and we’re really excited to be introducing our own fabricator, installer and homeowner friendly solution.”

Avia was on display on the Mila stand on a range of composite and PVC doors, emphasising the fact that it works with all standard multi-point locking systems from 44mm to 70mm.

Avia is fitted on the inside of the door only, with a Mila SupaSecure PAS24, SBD accredited stainless steel handle fitted on the outside.

“We’re promoting Avia with the message that it is ‘Mighty Smart’ – ‘Mighty’ because it comes with the strength and security of the SupaSecure handle, and ‘Smart’ because it incorporates a whole host of intelligent features reviewed and approved by Apple,” Richard said. “It’s easy to fit and easy to sell, which we think is just about the ideal combination for the trade.”

Avia comes with a standard sized backplate so it can be fitted (and retrofitted) quickly and simply. It’s wireless and works with multi-point locking systems on doors from 44mm to 70mm, so can be easily integrated into existing production and installation set ups, the company said.

Because it features a SupaSecure handle and conventional cylinder on the outside, it also overcomes all the concerns that retail buyers sometimes voice about smart locks – deterring the opportunist thief and eliminating any risk of tampering, while also providing the reassurance of a traditional key and cylinder for emergency back-up.

Mila said that Avia is the first and currently only smart lock to be compliant with the UK Government’s Code of Practice for consumer IoT and ETSI TS103 645 Consumer IoT security technical specification. It is also Apple HomeKit compatible which means it has been reviewed and approved by Apple to ensure that the military grade software protocols it uses for the transfer of data are fully secure. In turn, it means that it comes with the Apple HomeKit logo, which is trusted by consumers, on its literature and packaging.

Mila demonstrated at FIT how easy it is to pair Avia with an iPhone, iPad, Apple watch or key fob and showed how it incorporates all the features which tech savvy homeowners demand, including facial recognition, so that they can control access to their home from anywhere in the world. It can be set up quickly using a secure Bluetooth connection, and it has an anti-tamper alarm, 256-bit data encryption, and an activity tracker to provide instant status updates and a full audit trail.

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