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    5 tech trends you should be watching in 2017

    January 20, 2017 3:48 PM by

    Friday, January 20, 2017

    From virtual reality to data privacy - here are the top five technology trends you should be watching in 2017.

     

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    New technology and major innovations often change at the speed of light. With major household brands working to make everyday life easier for consumers, there are a few factors you should keep an eye on as the technology you adopt evolves and matures. Here are the 5 tech trends you should be watching this year, according to Rob Martens, Futurist and VP of Strategy and Partners for Allegion, maker of Schlage Locks.
    5 tech trends you should be watching in 2017 | Schlage

    1. MORE MEGA-TECH PLATFORM ACTIVITY

    Mega-techs (household names like Apple, Amazon and Samsung) are creating platforms to unite home devices like door locks and security cameras.

    2. Differential privacy

    With more people concerned about their data being sold, crowdsourcing data to create better experiences—while keeping individual user data private—will only become more important in 2017.

    3. Chatbots & artificial intelligence

    Chatbots are simple systems that users interact with via text or voice, and they offer an alternative to downloading yet another app to help you access information or get something done.

    4. Enhanced design

    Enhanced design is the idea of incorporating new technology into the aesthetic and functional design of a project—creating opportunities to make the home safer, more efficient and more convenient.

    5. Augmented & virtual reality

    The practical applications for these technologies are becoming clearer each year, ranging from offering virtual test drives for car buyers to online stores that allow shoppers to “browse” the shelves.

    For a closer look at each of these trends and what major brands have to say about it, see Rob in action at CES 2017. Which tech trends are most important to you in 2017? Comment below to let us know.

     

    Rob Martens

    Rob Martens | Futurist and VP of Strategy and Partnerships


    Rob Martens uses his unique talent for identifying patterns and associations to look for mega trends in technology, as well as the ways they can be used to improve the average person’s day. 

    Top tech trends from CES 2017

    January 17, 2017 2:00 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    Top tech trends from CES 2017 | Schlage

    Watch executives from innovating companies like NVIDIA, Lutron, iDevices and Ford as they discuss the smart home and other tech trends at CES 2017.

     

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    Earlier this year, thousands of tech enthusiasts and brands gathered to witness and showcase the latest consumer innovations that are expected to hit the market in the near future. Rob Martens, Futurist and VP of Strategy and Partners for Allegion, maker of Schlage Locks, made five predictions for what he thought the biggest trends would be at this year’s showcase. See how these trends are coming to life as Martens chats with executives from NVIDIA, Lutron, iDevices and Ford. Check out the video below to see what they have to say about trends in the smart home, innovations in content and entertainment, and the future of connected vehicles.
    Visit our Smart Home Center on schlage.com to get all the details on how new technology and innovations are working together to make your daily life at home a little easier.

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    0:00 Hi, I'm Rob Martens, Futurist and Vice

    0:12 President of Strategy and Partnerships

    0:13 for Allegion, maker of Schlage Locks. Late

    0:17 last year, we made some predictions about

    0:18 what we might see at the 2017 Consumer

    0:21 Electronics show. Let's talk about the

    0:23 first prediction, content and

    0:25 entertainment innovations. So I think

    0:28 what we're going to see is this is absolutely

    0:29 not a flash-in-the-pan. It's not a

    0:31 24-hour trend. We're going to see it

    0:34 being really reinforced and really

    0:35 adopted as we see incredible content

    0:37 coming out and even more hardware to

    0:39 give you just a fantastic experience.

    0:40 Moving on to our second prediction, a

    0:43 smarter smart home.

    0:44 Smart home adoption is increasing,

    0:47 especially with the help of known brands

    0:49 brands like Schlage and Hunter,

    0:51 Chamberlain, Honeywell, Lutron - ones that

    0:55 people can relate to that have

    0:57 confidence in that they feel that they

    0:58 can trust. Lutron’s hope is that within

    1:01 the next two to three years, we're not

    1:03 talking about smart home anymore.

    1:05 We're just talking about the home and how

    1:07 people are using technology throughout

    1:08 every room to live life better and solve

    1:11 everyday problems. In 2017, what's

    1:14 iDevices perspective on this?

    1:17 We're staying true to what we've been

    1:18 doing. It’s going to be all about 

    1:20 easy integration. We've done Alexa. We’ve done

    1:24 Apple HomeKit™. We've got android support.

    1:26 We’ve covered the bases and we're just

    1:28 looking to expand on that and really

    1:30 looking for the revolution to happen

    1:32 this year in 2017. Number three, connected

    1:35 vehicles. What you're seeing behind us

    1:36 here is Ford's next generation in our

    1:39 autonomous vehicle development.

    1:40 That's the car that drives by itself.

    1:42 That's our step towards getting to our

    1:44 2021 goal of having a high-volume

    1:47 rideshare service that is completely

    1:49 autonomous. Well, CES 2017 is wrapping up.

    1:54 It's been a fantastic show. Amazing

    1:55 innovation and new technology from the

    1:58 living room couch to the connected car.

    1:59 We've seen it all.

    2:01 Coming soon to a home near you. See you

    2:03 next year.

    5 keyless electronic lock topics you shouldn't have missed in 2016

    January 12, 2017 3:29 PM by admin

    Thursday, January 12, 2017

    5 keyless electronic lock topics you shouldn't have missed in 2016 | Schlage

    Here's a look back at our top five keyless electronic deadbolt articles of 2016 to help you in your search for the right information.

     

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    Thorough research is important before you select your next smart home device. When it comes to keyless technology, you may just be looking for a convenient way to share access to your home with guests or a lock that works with other smart devices in your home.

     

    Here's a look back at our top five smart home and keyless electronic deadbolt articles of 2016 to help you in your search for more information.

    5 keyless electronic lock topics you shouldn't have missed in 2016 | Schlage

    1. 6 things you didn't know the Schlage Sense app can do

     

    Did you know the Schlage Sense™ app contains features and benefits to help you get the most out of your smart lock? Here 6 six things you need to know.

    2. What you need to know about the Schlage Sense™ Smart deadbolt

     

    Still unsure whether the Schlage Sense™ Smart deadbolt is right for you? We put together this list of commonly asked questions to help you decide.

    3. Mechanical deadbolt vs. electronic lock: How to choose

     

    Here's a breakdown of the top benefits for both mechanical and electronic deadbolts locks to help you choose the right deadbolt to secure your home.

    4. 7 electronic keyless lock myths you should ignore

     

    Keyless electronic locks are known for making life more convenient but many homeowners are hesitant to take the plunge. Here are 7 myths to ignore.

    5. 5 times you'll wish you had a touchscreen lock this holiday season

     

    Make the holiday season a little easier on yourself. Here are five times a touchscreen lock will simplify your life during an often hectic time.

    What electronic deadbolt topics would you like to learn more about in 2017? Comment below to let us know! In the mean time, be sure to visit Go Keyless on schlage.com for even more details about our full keyless product line-up.

    5 times you'll wish you had a touchscreen lock this holiday season

    December 15, 2016 7:14 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, December 16, 2016

    5 times you'll wish you had a touchscreen lock this holiday season | Schlage

    Make the holiday season a little easier on yourself. Here are five times a touchscreen lock will simplify your life this season.

     

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    With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season upon us, many homeowners are looking for solutions that help make life easier and more convenient. Take one more worry off your list and opt for a keyless lifestyle. Here are five moments you’ll wish you had a touchscreen lock.
    5 times you'll wish you had a touchscreen lock this holiday season | Schlage

    1. Keep your online orders safe

    This holiday season, 1 in 5 people prefer shopping online using their computer while 1 in 10 will do their shopping from a smart phone or tablet, according to Fortune. If you’re one of these people, you’re likely receiving packages while at work or travelling. Don’t stress over whether these packages will be safe on your front porch. With a touchscreen deadbolt, you can easily set up a code for a friend or family member to come over and drop your packages inside.

    2. Easy access for guests

    Don’t worry about hiding a spare key or having new copies made that could easily be lost. Make coming and going easy for your extended stay guests by giving them a custom code to unlock the door. You can even assign a period of time for that code to be active or simply disable when they leave.

    3. No more fumbling for keys

    It seems like there’s always something to weigh you down during the holiday seasons whether it’s coming home with a car full of gifts or simply trying to juggle the groceries and the kids at the same time. Stop fumbling for your keys at the door and eliminate one more hassle by opting for a keyless lock solution. With the Schlage Sense™ Smart deadbolt, you can easily command Siri with your iPhone®, iPad® or iPod® touch to lock and unlock your door when you are within Bluetooth® range (about 40 feet), or easily punch in a 4-8 digit code on any of our keyless lock offerings.

    4. Peace of mind

    By choosing a Z-Wave or Bluetooth touchscreen lock, you can add a compatible smart home hub – such as Samsung’s SmartThings for Schlage Connect™ – that allows you to check in on the status of your lock and control it no matter where you are. To access your Schlage Sense™ lock remotely, you’ll need an Apple TV® or iPad®. So enjoy that holiday dinner at your grandmother’s house in another state without worrying about whether or not you remembered to lock your doors.

    5. Late night convenience

    A connected smart home hub will also allow you to take advantage of other whole home features from the minute you unlock your door. Don’t stumble around for a light switch or adjust the thermostat when you arrive home. Simply set your smart home hub to do those things for you as soon as your door is unlocked.

     

    Stop worrying about the little things that are easy to fix. This holiday season, you deserve more peace of mind so you can focus on the things that truly matter.

    Turn your home into a smarter home

    September 19, 2016 12:04 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, August 19, 2016

    Turn Your Home into a Smarter Home | Schlage

    Here’s a simple approach for turning your home into a smart home that’s affordable featuring three smart home devices that are easy to install and use.

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    There's no reason to buy a fully-integrated home automation system that will leave you overwhelmed or broke. Instead, focus on the items you already use each day and slowly make the right upgrades to add greater convenience and efficiency to your day-to-day life. Here are three “Must Haves” to making your home smarter.
    Turn your home into a smarter home | Schlage

    Thermostat

    The beauty of smart thermostats is their ability to help save you money by reducing energy costs. Smart thermostats allow you to schedule a desired temperature during the time of day when you’re generally home, away or asleep. Your heating and cooling system only runs when you are home or soon to be home eliminating the time it runs when you’re not using it. Some smart thermostats can save you an average of 25% each month, depending on the size of your home and HVAC system. And let’s be honest, being able to change the temperature of your house on your phone late at night while watching TV in bed is a “nice to have.”

    Plugs

    Smart plugs may be one of the easiest ways to make your home smarter. You don't have to purchase all new products and appliances to enjoy benefits of smart home connectivity. With products like the iDevices Switch, you can take any ordinary product, plug-it in and watch it transform into a connected device enabled by HomeKit™ and Wi-Fi®.

    Locks

    It's never a good feeling when you leave home for the day and can't remember whether you locked your front door. Smart locks can provide both peace of mind and convenience. Get started with a lock like our Bluetooth®-enabled Schlage Sense™ smart deadbolt* that allows you to talk to unlock using voice commands with Siri® or enter a custom 4-8 digit PIN to gain access without a key. When paired with an AppleTV®, you can also gain remote capabilities. This allows you to check in to see whether your home is locked and safe no matter where you are in the world.

     

    *The Schlage Sense™ lock should be within 40 feet of an Apple TV® for remote capability and uses Bluetooth® Smart technology to communicate with your iPhone®. 

    When style and technology meet

    August 8, 2016 4:20 PM by emily.bailey

    Monday, August 8, 2016

    When Style and Technology Meet | Schlage

    Schlage's electronic locks are available in many popular styles, so you can coordinate your interior and exterior hardware throughout the whole home.


     

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    Many homeowners think they must sacrifice style to take full advantage of the conveniences of new technology, often installing bulky products that offer little to no customization to suit their tastes. It's tough to find brands that value a quality product as much as quality design.
    At Schlage, all of our hardware is inspired by architectural and interior design looks, from classic to contemporary and everything in between. When it comes to our suite of keyless offerings, we've spared no detail. Each of our electronic locks are available in our most popular trim styles, allowing you to coordinate the look of your interior and exterior hardware throughout the whole home.
    Here's a quick look at our most popular finishes and trims:

    Which look is your favorite? Comment below to let us know!

    What people are saying about Schlage's electronic deadbolts

    August 3, 2016 3:45 PM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, August 3, 2016

    What People are Saying About Schlage's Electronic Deadbolts

    Take a look at what a few Schlage keyless lock users have to say about their electronic deadbolts - from ease of installation to day-to-day use.
     

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    When it comes to choosing the right electronic deadbolt, it pays to do your research. With so many options available, it can be tough to identify which type of lock best suits your lifestyle. Do you need a quick and easy way to come and go? Are you looking for a lock that allows you to be connected to your whole home? Take a look at what a few Schlage keyless lock users have to say about their electronic locks to help you choose.

    Schlage Touch™ Keyless Touchscreen Deadbolt

    After needing a more convenient way to access her basement entry, Toni of Design Dazzle, decided the Schlage Touch™ with lever was the perfect solution. Here's what she has to say after trying this completely keyless lock out:
    "One of the features I really like with this keyless lock is that the touchscreen is fingerprint resistant. I’m sure we’ve all heard stories of people breaking into homes because they were able to guess the code from worn out keypads." Read her full Schlage Touch™ review.

     

    Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt

    After installing the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt to her garage entry door, Kim of Sand & Sisal decided to give the Schlage Connect™ a shot when it was time to give her front door a face-lift in both style and security.
    "We were so impressed with the fast installation and ease of use that we decided to switch out and upgrade our front door hardware with a new sleek Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt with Alarm. The classic gold brass matches beautifully with with our door’s gold leading and looks so sharp paired with the nautical blue door paint color." Check out all her tips for achieving an easy curb appeal upgrade on her blog.

     

    Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt

    When Katie of Sew Woodsy and her husband moved in to their new home, they knew right away they wanted to update all the outdated brass door hardware and fixtures throughout, beginning with the front door. Here's what she has to say about life with her new Schlage Sense™ lock:
    "...we added the new Schlage Sense which has been great for our evening walks out. No need to take keys, just lock the door on the key pad! And when our cleaning lady comes over she now has her own code that is set to the specific time and day she is at the house! We get notifications too when she opens or locks the doors if we aren’t home. I love it!" Get the full scoop from installation to daily life with Schlage Sense™ on her blog.

     
    It didn't take long for Nicole of Haute Style to find the perfect deadbolt and handleset for her friend Nykia's front door makeover. With a sophisticated modern look in mind, she chose the Schlage Sense™ lock with Century trim in a Matte Black finish to give her friend's front door a much needed update.
    "I’m a huge tech nerd so I got so excited when I learned about the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt. It works with bluetooth and also pairs with Apple’s HomeKit so aside from unlocking the door via the Schlage app, it also responds to Siri so you can just talk to lock or unlock your door! Say what?! Nykia says this has been utterly life changing when she’s coming and going with her son’s stroller or bags of groceries. Plus, if she ever gets locked out, she can always gain access by unlocking the door with the app." See the full front door transformation at So Haute.

     

     

    Have questions about some of the features and benefits of the locks above? Comment below to let us know! Be sure to check out even more keyless lock reviews here.

     

    7 electronic keyless lock myths you should ignore

    July 29, 2016 3:22 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, July 29, 2016

    7 Electronic Keyless Lock Myths You Should Ignore | Schlage

    Keyless electronic locks are known for making life more convenient but many homeowners are hesitant to take the plunge. Here are 7 myths to ignore.
     

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    There's no denying that the right electronic keyless lock can make your day-to-day much more convenient. Having the freedom to come and go without worrying about getting locked out is a major relief for many families and ditching the fear that someone may lose or steal a spare key cannot be replaced; however, there may be a few concerns that are keeping you from taking the plunge and embracing a keyless lifestyle. Here are seven common electronic lock myths you can ignore.
    7 Electronic Keyless Lock Myths You Should Ignore | Schlage

    1. "Electronic locks are too technical."

    When it comes to new technology, many homeowners simply leave it to the early adopters to figure it out and avoid installing something new for fear of it being too technical. At Schlage, we've worked hard to simplify the experience with our keyless locks from installation to daily use. With the aid of the installation guide or our easy step-by-step video tutorials, you can install your lock in just a few minutes and the only tool you'll need is a screwdriver.

    2. "The lock will fail when the power goes out."

    All of Schlage's keyless locks run on battery power. That means when the lights go out, your lock will continue to function as normal. Each of our keypads and touchscreens feature back-lit numbers so you'll never be left fumbling in the dark to unlock your door.

    3. "The lock must be wired."

    Because our locks are powered by batteries, there's no wiring involved. Simply snap the lock in place while following the installation instructions and install the batteries and you'll be up and running in no time. Each lock is also equipped with a low battery warning and backup entry method in the unlikely event that your batteries do fail. We recommend changing your batteries once a year when you change the batteries in your smoke detector as a best practice.

    4. "Electronic locks are a bulky, eye-sore."

    There's no reason to sacrifice great style for greater security and convenience. Our electronic locks are available in the industry's most stylish finishes and trim. They feature a slim profile and tasteful design that creates a stylish look that effortlessly pairs well with our interior door hardware offerings. 

    5. "The numbers will wear down and someone can guess my code."

    Each of Schlage's keyless electronic locks feature a fingerprint-resistant touchscreen that works in the rain and while wearing gloves. The numbers are guaranteed not to wear down or fade so you can rest easy that potential intruders will not know your unique access code.

    6. "Mechanical locks are more secure."

    An important step any time you choose a new deadbolt to secure your home - whether mechanical or electronic - is to research the security grade of that deadbolt. Look for locks with a grade 1 security rating - the highest on the market. Both the Schlage Sense™ Smart deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen deadbolt have a grade 1 rating so you can rest easy knowing you've purchased the most secure lock on the market.

    7. "A key is more reliable."

    How many times have you lost your house key? Or walked out the door without it, swinging a locked door closed only to realize you cannot get back inside? With electronic locks, you no longer have to worry about that. Coming and going is easy when you're not weighed down by keys.

    What questions do you have about keyless electronic locks? Comment below to let us know!

    Why Keyless Locks are Perfect for Families on the Go

    July 20, 2016 3:02 PM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, July 20, 2016

    Why Keyless Locks are Perfect for Families on the Go

    Stop worrying about getting locked out or kids arriving home safely. Here are 5 reasons why keyless electronic locks are perfect for your busy family.
     

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    With back to school season just around the corner, many families are gearing up for busy schedules full of homework and extracurricular activities. With all the different calendars you need to keep track of, it pays to stay organized and find efficiencies that allow you to reduce the number of things you need to worry about. Here are a few reasons why keyless locks are perfect for your busy family.
    Why Keyless Locks are Perfect for Families on the Go | Schlage

    1. Peace of mind.

    When you install a smart electronic deadbolt, you reduce the worry that your home is left unlocked after rushing out the door. With remote capabilities enabled, you can check the status of your door no matter where you are. If unlocked, you can even command it to lock. You can also set up notifications to receive alerts when your kids arrive home.

    2. No more lost keys.

    Installing a keyless lock means you can ditch the mechanical key altogether. Choose a single code for the whole family or assign a custom code for each member that is easy to remember. Now when your kids head off to school, you don't have to worry about them losing the key or someone finding the hidden spare.

    3. Auto-lock.

    How many times have you rushed out the door, making sure each child was accounted for and had all their essentials only to forget to lock the door when you leave? Or how many times have one of your kids headed out to catch the bus and failed to lock the door behind them? That's where the auto-lock feature that comes with the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt comes in handy. You can program your deadbolt to automatically lock after being left unlocked for a certain period of time.

    4. Easy access.

    Whether you have a sleeping child in tow or an arm full of groceries and backpacks, keyless locks make it easy to unlock your door by eliminating the need to juggle a set of keys. Simply enter your access code or talk to unlock (with the Schlage Sense lock).

    5. Convenience.

    There's already enough to juggle with remembering which child needs to be at which practice at which time. Say goodbye to the days of calling a locksmith to re-key your locks or let you in to your home after you've been locked out. With keyless deadbolt locks, you don't have to be weighed down by your keys anymore and know that you and your family can come and go with ease.

    Have questions about which keyless lock is right for you and your family? Comment below and we'll help you sort through the features and benefits.

     

    6 Best Practices to Keep Your Electronic Lock Safe and Secure

    July 18, 2016 4:59 PM by admin

    Monday, July 18, 2016

    6 Best Practices to Keep Your Electronic Lock Safe and Secure

    Electronic deadbolt locks are a great way to make life more convenient and provide added security to your home when you follow these 6 steps.

     

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    Smart home technology is quickly rising in popularity as homeowners choose products and devices that not only make day-to-day activities more convenient, but also give them peace of mind. When it comes to outfitting your home with this technology, it pays to understand the steps you should take to enjoy the features and benefits to the fullest. Here are six best practices that will ensure your electronic deadbolt lock is as safe and secure as possible.
    6 Best Practices to Keep Your Electronic Lock As Safe and Secure as Possible | Schlage

    1. Choose a secure access code / PIN.

    When choosing an access code for your electronic deadbolt, be sure to choose a combination that you are able to remember but cannot be easily guessed by others. Follow best practices for secure access codes by choosing a combination that does not have repeat numbers and consider choosing a long code instead of short.

    2. Keep an eye on the battery life.

    Each of the Schlage electronic keyless locks displays a low battery warning well in advance of the battery dying. While you'll have plenty of time to make the switch, it's important not to put this off too long to avoid being locked out. As a best practice, we recommend you go ahead and change the battery once a year when you change the batteries in the smoke detectors in your home.

    3. Store user codes in a secure location.

    Keeping track of all the user codes you've set up and knowing whether or not you've deactivated any outdated ones is key to keeping your lock secure. If you're using one of our connected deadbolt locks, you can keep track of these codes through the Schlage app but a great best practice is to have a backup log. Consider storing your codes in a spreadsheet or notepad and keeping that backup in a secure location.

    4. Lock your smart phone.

    With the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt, you can talk to unlock using a compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. It's important to set up a passcode on these devices so no one is able to freely access the Schlage Sense app.

    5. Find a home for the backup mechanical key.

    In the event that your battery does die before you are able to change it, all of Schlage's electronic deadbolt locks come equipped with a reliable backup, such as a mechanical key or a 9V battery. Be sure to place these backups in a secure location that can be accessed when you need them.

    6. Leverage safety features.

    Both the Schlage Sense lock and Schlage Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt come equipped with additional features designed to keep your home safe. Whether or not you choose to embrace remote connectivity in your lock, you can still take advantage of the unique features such as built-in alarm technology and auto-lock. With the built-in alarm, you can set your deadbolt to trigger an alarm anytime the lock is tampered with or a significant amount of force is applied to the door. With auto-lock, you can rest easy knowing your lock is set to automatically lock after a given period of time that you define after it has been unlocked. No more worrying if you locked the door on your way out.

    For more detailed step-by-step instructions for setting up each of the features mentioned above, visit our How-to-Center or check out our videos on YouTube.